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Balmoral scholarships

Balmoral awards two three-month and seven six-month residential scholarships to international visual artists. The curator scholarship is not announced at this moment. Visual artists from Rhineland-Palatinate have the possibility to apply for further scholarships: Stipendien für Rheinland-Pfälzer.

The application period for 2013 scholarships runs until July 13th 2012 (date of postmark).

Residence scholarships

Aims and objectives
Artists’ residence Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems, Foundation for Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate, which was founded in 1995, is a place of reflection, artistic production, discussion and meeting. It 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.

The Künstlerhaus is publicly presented through lectures, concerts and exhibitions. Works by the scholarship holders are regularly shown in a relaxed atmosphere. The Künstlerhaus perceives itself as an intersection between the different kinds of art media and theoretical reflection but also as an intermediary between current and former scholarship holders. Balmoral intends to build a bridge between the artists’ present and their future.

An exceptional offer for visual artists in Balmoral is offered by developed Baukeramik Ebinger (architectural ceramics), which produced tiles for the internationally known artist Hundertwasser. This company has opened its workshop for the Balmoral scholarship holders thus giving them the possibility to experimentalise with the material of ceramic. Prior knowledge is not mandatory. The artists will be supervised by the company’s staff. More information

Eligible to apply for a Balmoral scholarship are international visual artists of any age.

The preconditions are a completed course of study in art (M.F.A. or comparable) 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 and requirements
Balmoral scholarships are residence scholarships; a continuously presence is obligatory.

The scholarships are endowed with 1,200 € a month.

Two scholarships are awarded for the period of three months. The yearly term of residence for the three-month scholarships begins in March.

Seven scholarships are awarded for the period of six months. For the six-month scholarships the yearly term of residence begins in June.

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 of Education, Science, Further Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz

New members of the jury are nominated on a rotational basis at a two-year-interval.

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).

Details and information

Application procedure
All scholarships are announced publicly.

Double applications to the Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral and the Ministry of Education, Science, Further Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate as well as applications for several scholarships 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:

  • CV including your artistic career history and previous grants
  • Passport photo (for application form)
  • 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, altogether 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. The Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral is not responsible for submitted application material.
Applications by e-mail will not be accepted.

Application form 
The application form is downloadable during the application term. Send filled form with your application documents. Applications without a filled application form will not be accepted.

Return of documents
Reshipment of the application documents will take place upon receipt of payment of EUR 15 on account mentioned in the application form. Reception of fee after the deadline will not be considered!

The fee for reshipment is charged for applicants from Germany and the other EU- and EFTA-countries as well as from Australia, Canada, Chile, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Turkey and the USA.

Please note: If the reshipment is not marked in the application form, the documents will be destroyed automatically after the completion of the selection procedure.

Exclusion of liability
Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral assumes no liability for any application.

Application form
Three-month residence scholarship [79 KB] 
Six-month residence scholarship [79 KB]

Send your application to:

Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
Villenpromenade 11
56130 BAD EMS