Arnis Residency Open Call

July 15, 2022

The Arnis Residency is an annual residency program for contemporary artists on a peninsula in Northern Germany from September 18th to October 3rd, 2022. The program encourages practical applications that engage with the region’s economic, historic, socio-political, or geographical conditions. The residency is open to contemporary art disciplines such as performance, film, painting, sculpture, photography, writing, installation, sound, and new media. Selected residents will participate in a final public exhibition located throughout various sites across Arnis.

Applicants are invited to submit a brief description of a project they would like to exhibit at the end of their residency. Due to the residency’s short duration, applicants are advised to apply with projects and research already in development that can somehow be linked to Arnis and the locale, though feasible new experiments are also welcome.

People on an art installation of a boat with colorful fabrics in Arnis, Germany

Jérôme Chazeix, 2021 // Courtesy of Jérôme Chazeix and VG Bild Kunst, Bonn

Depending on the nature of the artistic work and weather conditions, there are various exhibition sites, including a local beach, the residency house’s back garden, a residency sailing boat, an old water boat wharf, a floating raft, and a small car ferry. Local resources include sailmakers, boat builders, chart makers, a metal workshop, a wood workshop, pottery, a women’s choir, a vocal coach, artists’ studios, a textile business, multiple harbors, restaurants, a bakery, a rum hawkery, a yoga studio, a maritime church with a historical organ, an old Danish school, an old football field, and an old mill.

The Arnis Residency offers accommodation, food, sailing trips, and swims in the Schlei for the duration of two weeks. Each applicant (duos count as one) will be provided an individual room as well as a space to work in locations suitable to one’s project. Each applicant will have a travel allowance of 100 Euros and a production stipend of 50 Euros.

During the residency, there will be personal counsel, access to tools, as well as facilitated meetings with locals such as the metal workers or sail makers. Residents will be taken on short sailing trips and other excursions throughout the area.

Proposals will be judged by artistic merit and will be reviewed with a diversified lens. Please note that within the town of Arnis there remains only limited access for wheelchairs. Applications by couples and duos are welcome.

Applications should be one PDF that includes:
▪ A short description of your artistic practice and a specific working proposal for the Arnis Residency
▪ A short CV
▪ Images of past work

Application Info
Deadline: July 25, 2022
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