Open Call: Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen—Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2022–23


Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen invites visual and media artists, art critics, theorists, and curators to apply for a fellowship in 2022–2023 (3 October 2022 – 17 June 2023).

The closing date for submissions is 28 January 2022 (postmark).

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen is a post-graduate center for production, research and exchange in the fields of visual arts and art theory. Within the framework of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, the institution provides a platform that facilitates the development and production of artistic and art-theoretical projects in a critical context. At the same time, it provides a forum for direct exchange between professionals – artists, theorists, critics, and curators – from the region and abroad, as well as a point of interaction with local, interested audiences. Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen is a section of the Tiroler Künstler:innenschaft (the Tyrolean Artists‘ Association), the major association of visual artists from the region.
Büchsenhausen brings together two programs under one roof. On the one hand, it is the site of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory. On the other hand, it is the location of several studios for artists based in Tyrol who are looking for a working space in a professionally interesting environment. Four apartment studios are used by the participants in the Fellowship Program. The other six studios are available to artists based in Tyrol. The project and presentation space is equipped with multimedia facilities and is at the fellows‘ disposal.

Fellowship Program
With its Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, Büchsenhausen promotes internationally relevant artistic production, research, and discussion in the region of Tyrol. The program is based on the idea of generating and maintaining a context for production and exchange, in which artists and theorists can connect and reflect on international art and societal discourses in relation to local topics and issues. At the same time, it provides the opportunity for an artistic laboratory of experimentation, where new artistic practices and strategies may be tried out.

The program’s aims are:
– to promote and relay a critical, socially relevant production of knowledge in art and art theory;
– to produce, through the fellowship projects, qualified discourses on art and society within the local and global contexts;
– to enable the transfer of knowledge between the field of art and other public spheres outside the art context;
– to facilitate exchange between cultural producers in the visual arts and beyond (creating a network of experts).

The program combines the advantages of a residency with the possibilities of a postgraduate, non-academic research and production fellowship on the basis of an open, non-formalized structure. Content-wise, the program addresses a worldwide public made up of professionals in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, art and media theory, as well as criticism.
The Fellows are selected by a jury of experts following an open call for applications.

They come to Büchsenhausen for a minimum of five months to work on the realization of their proposed undertaking and accompany this process with public events. For this purpose, Büchsenhausen assigns a monetary award and provides a production budget, a budget to facilitate the exchange with other experts and to (at least partially) cover the Fellows’ own travel costs, free access to the working space, free lodging, as well as artistic and technical advice.

The conveyance and discussion of the Fellows’ own work occur parallel to the development of the individual proposals. The focus of the public events is determined by the respective emphases of the various Fellows‘ works. Within the framework of these discursive formats, the Fellows and/or their guests can present various points in their investigations, open up their works-in-progress to critical discussion, interact with experts who they invite, work through content with the public, and/or try out new ways of working.

The Fellowship Year starts with the Orientation Weeks in the beginning of October. The Orientation Weeks end with the Start Up Lectures and the opening of the autumn/fall exhibition by the Fellows. During the Focus Weeks in March/April, the Fellows and/or their guests publicly discuss issues related to their ongoing work, enjoy an intense exchange with their colleagues in the program, and carry out cooperation activities with other university and non-university partners and institutions. The Fellowship Year ends with a group exhibition curated by the artistic director of the Fellowship Program. The opening of the show usually takes place in the middle of May or June.

The applicants are requested to take note of the fact that the Fellowship period of time as well as the Fellowship duration may vary due to changing restrictions and measurements related to the COVID-19 pandemic which are beyond control of Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen.

In the recent past, Fellows occasionally collaborated with other artists/professionals based in the greater Innsbruck region. Cooperation activities have been carried out, among others with the University of Innsbruck (Institute for Comparative Literary Studies, Institute for Architectural Theory, the Research Group ‘Cultural Encounters—Cultural Conflicts’, the Research Center ‘Migration and Globalization’, Institute for Pedagogy, the Italy Center, the Russia Center etc.), the Network Gender Research and the Working Group ‘Global Learning’ of Südwind Tyrol (in both of which Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen is an active member) etc. Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen encourages the candidates for a fellowship to take the opportunity for such a collaboration into consideration.

Former and current Fellows and their realized work can be found here.

– a money award of EUR 3,700;
– an individual studio for working and living, furnished with a large shared kitchen;
– a production budget for the realization of the submitted proposal;
– a budget for inviting experts to Büchsenhausen for the purpose of professional exchange;
– a budget for (at least partially) covering the own travel costs (in relation to the Fellowship Program);
– the opportunity to present the produced work in a curated group exhibition at the end of the fellowship.

– free access to the ‚Lab‘, the project/gallery space
– free use of the available multimedia production equipment in the ‚Lab‘
– free Highspeed-DSL/WLAN Internet access
– professional artistic advice
– technical advice if required

Professional visual/media artists, art theorists, art critics, and curators from all over the world are eligible for the fellowship.

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