Balmoral Residence Scholarships for Artists, Germany

Deadline: 02/07/2010
Open to:
international visual artists of any age, three years of continuous artistic work
Scholarship: 1,200 €/month for six months

Aims and objectives
Artists’ residence Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral in Bad Ems, Foundation for Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate supports visual artists from the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, graphic arts, design, photography, video as well as from new media and landscape art from all over the world by awarding artists-in-residence scholarships.


Eligible to apply for a Balmoral scholarship are international visual artists of any age from the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, printmaking, design, photography, video, new media, and landscape art.

The preconditions are a completed course of study in art (M.F.A.) and three years of continuous artistic work after the conclusion of studies until the beginning of the fellowship. Applications are also possible for autodidacts distinguished by special artistic achievements, as documented by exhibitions and prizes.

To foster artistic dialog and interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge of German, English, or French is expected.

Benefits am requirements
Balmoral Scholarships are awarded for the period of six months. They are endowed with 1,200 € a month.

The yearly term of residence begins in April. The Balmoral scholarships are an attendance scholarships. One of the conditions is that holders spend at least two thirds of the period stated at Balmoral. All artists invited will have their registered secondary residence in Bad Ems for the time of their stay (compulsory registration).

The scholarship holders dispose of a furnished living/bedroom with shower/WC and a studio including electricity, water and heating. Each apartment is equipped with an individual telephone and internet access. If required, the room is also wired up for radio and television. Due to the historical condition of the building, the apartments and studios in terms of their size and equipment are normally only suitable for one single person. The lounge, the dining room and the kitchen are for joint use. Pets are not admitted.

The scholarship holders can make use of the in-house facilities for free, especially of the
• wood workshop
• video laboratory Windows XP Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro (in German and English) + Avid Express (in English), DVD writer, video-edit recorder
• library and reading room with approx. 5,500 books, particularly on modern and contemporary art and the most important art magazines.

Together with the scholarship acceptance, the applicant will receive an agreement concluded with the Künstlerhaus and the house rules. After the signing of the contract by the scholarship holder, the scholarship is regarded as legally granted.

Scholarship holders are required to write a report about their stay afterwards.

Selection procedure
The selection committee normally consists of one chairperson and seven members of the jury who are expert representatives of the following professional groups:
• an art critic
• a museum director or curator
• a representative of the studies of Fine Arts from a university or an art academy
• a member of the artists associations in the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate
• a visual artist
• the director of Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral
• an artistic adviser
• the desk officer of the Ministry for Education, Science, Youth and Culture of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz

New members of the jury are nominated on a rotational basis at 12- to 24-month intervals.

The members of the jury make their choice according to the quality of the work samples applicants have to hand in together with their application (for more details see Application documents).

Application procedure
All scholarships are announced publicly.

Double applications to the Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral and the Ministry for Education, Science, Youth and Culture of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate are not acceptable.

The decision on the award of the scholarships will be made by a panel of experts in consideration of the applicants’ capability of further developing their artistic work (see selection procedure).

There is no legal claim to obtaining a scholarship.

The applicants will not receive any reasons in writing for the decision made on the awarding of the scholarships, but will be informed of the result.

Applicants who were not accepted are not allowed to apply in the following year neither for the same nor another scholarship. They may apply again for a maximum of two further awards.

The awarding of a scholarship from Balmoral or the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate excludes further applications in the following five years.

An application will not be accepted if the same scholarship has already been awarded to that candidate.

Application documents
For all scholarships offered the following documents – no originals! – have to be submitted by mail in German, English or French:

– one passport photo
– a CV including your artistic career history and previous grants
– a statement of reasons why you have chosen this scholarship and an illustration of your objectives during your intended residence (maximum one A4 page)
– at least 10, but not more than 20 photos or other images of your artistic works (no slides, no photo CDs, no MAC data CDs), max A4 size
– explanations to the submitted works, one A4 page maximum (optional)
– at most three exhibition catalogues (collective catalogues only if your works cannot be presented in a different way)
– at most three video cassettes (VHS) or DVDs, each recording no longer than 15 min.

The application materials should not exceed a total weight of 2 kg incl. packing.
Applications by e-mail will not be accepted.

Please, only use the application form: Residence scholarship 2011 [82 KB]

Send your application to:

Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral
Villenpromenade 11
D-56130 Bad Ems

Official website.

4 thoughts on “Balmoral Residence Scholarships for Artists, Germany

  1. If i have not completed the course of study M.F.A. , but do have completed secondary school in art as one of the best students in the school, is it worth? Please answer if you can.. Faithfully, Verica Atanasova

  2. Hello, I am a graphic artist and I am from Kyrgyzstan, can I apply for your scholarship, when it announced a new qualifying round on 2013-2014 years. And also I want to learn about the requirements for submission of documents.

    1. Dear Aizhamal,

      First you will need to check whether this opportunity will be opened next year. Since the call is international, you probably can apply. Regarding requirements, there are some information in our post and in more details you can check at the official website given at the very end of the post.

      Kind regards,
      Mladiinfo team

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