Call for Applications: The Transcultural Art Lab 2017 in Germany

Deadline: 20 August 2017
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 27 years old,from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, or Germany, or from the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, or be living there
Venue: 16– 29 October 2017 on Juist – German island


The Transcultural Art Lab 2017 is a continuation of the very successful TAL 2016 which was entitled “Intercultural Competence through Hands on Experience”. Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Ministry of social Affairs – Lower Saxony, as well as by the European Union’s education program Erasmus +, TAL 2017 is a creative research Lab for young creators from the Caucasus and Germany.

50 creative people, involved in culture and arts, aged between 18 and 27, are invited from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Germany as well as from the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to the German Island of Juist. The project takes place from 16th to 29th October 2017, in English. The results of the workshops will be shown during a public exhibition on the island at the conclusion of the ART LAB. The artworks will also be curated to form a traveling Art Show that will embark on a journey to Baku, Berlin, Tbilisi and Yerevan.

The TAL is organized by a group of international artists and is based in the Youth Education Center Th. Wuppermann e.V. Juist (Germany). The Caucasian partner organizations are: SKLAD (Abkhazia), Youth Events Holding Center (Armenia), “Common Sense” Youth Organization (Azerbaijan), Frontline Club/ GIPA (Georgia), Civil Forum for Peace (South Ossetia).

Under the broad theme of “Design your Utopia”, six artistic workshops will explore tensions between collective responsibilities and individual visions of the future in national and international contexts. The collaborative artwork provides a starting point for dialogue and an open space for divergent thinking. Each workshop is facilitated by a professional artist.

The workshops are as follows:

  • Installation Art;
  • Music;
  • Performance Art;
  • Editorial Design;
  • Video Art;
  • Photography.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • aged between 18 and 27;
  • living in Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Ossetia or Germany;
  • interested in creative work and involved in artistic or cultural activities;
  • motivated to collaborate with others, regardless of their origin.


Most of the costs will be covered. The fee for the two-week experience is €150*.

We will cover all of your travel costs from the capital of your country to Germany, and we will also take care of food and accommodation.

Once your application has been accepted, we will ask you to confirm your registration. We will then facilitate the visa application process and book the flights, in cooperation with our partners in Baku, Berlin, Sukhumi, Tbilisi, Tskhinvali and Yerevan.

The Transcultural Art Lab takes place on a tiny German island in the North Sea, called Juist. The area is part of a National Park, and is very much exposed to the natural forces of the tides and the weather. There are no cars allowed except for the ambulance and the fire brigade! Therefore, it’s an ideal place to retreat from the loud noises of the cities, to rethink commonplaces and to start on something new, living in a multinational community. The course language is English. You will share a room with two or three people. All food is provided; vegetarian, halal and other diets are available upon request, just let us know.

* In the case of hardship / if the amount of €150 exceeds your financial capacities, please let us know and we will try to find extra funding to facilitate your participation nonetheless. Talk to us!

How to apply?

For your application, we would like you to send us samples of your ideas about Utopia. You can send us a sample of your idea in one of the following formats:

  • A text you wrote (max 1000 words);
  • A video you made (max 1 min; max 3MB);A work of art/photography/design you created (single images/series; max 3MB);
  • A work of art/photography/design you created (single images/series; max 3MB);A piece of music played by you (max 1 min; max 3MB).
  • A piece of music played by you (max 1 min; max 3MB).

Please email us your application including a short CV and your samples by the 20th August 2017 to:

For more information please visit the official website.

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