Applications for 2020

Deadline: 31st October 2019

The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg was founded in 1986 and is an international fellowship society of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein. It is a society for contemporary fine art, literature, and composition. It offers emerging talents from all over the world the possibility to create new projects in an undisturbed environment and to present them to an interested public.
Artists, authors and composers without any restrictions of age, origin or residence can apply. Applicants with child are welcome.

The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg is characterized by its personalized care and the close network between the fellows, as well as with the cultural scene of the metropolitan region of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

Every fellow receives a monthly grant of 750,- EUR for the duration of their stay. It is also possible to raise further additional funds for material and project related publications with the professional help of the Künstlerhaus, although there is no guarantee of success.

The Künstlerhaus is situated along the river Elbe within the historic center. Lauenburg is the southernmost town in Schleswig-Holstein, has a population of ca. 12,000 and is located approx. 50 kilometers from Hamburg, Lübeck and Schwerin, and about 25 kilometres from Lüneburg. The town lies close to the convergence point of the Federal States Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Niedersachsen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The building itself was built in the middle of the last century, received protected status as a historic monument in 1982 and, after comprehensive restoration work, gained a new lease of life as the “Künstlerhaus” (Artists’ House). Since then, more than 130 artists have lived and worked there.

The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg receives financial support from the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Duchy of Lauenburg district, the city of Lauenburg/Elbe, and the society ‘Künstlerhaus Lauenburg/Elbe e.V’, who is responsible for the house since 2009.

Accommodation and Facilities

The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg offers generous accommodation (approx. 400 m2) on three floors. On the ground floor you can find the gallery space, the open studio, an artist bar, the Künstlerhaus office and a large south-facing terrace overlooking the river Elbe. Monthly cultural events take place in the artist bar and on the terrace, such as film screenings, talks, lectures, and concerts.

In the upper two floors there are generously-sized artists’ studios and living areas. All studios are fully equipped and include their own bath/shower room and kitchen as well as a telephone and Wifi. The Künstlerhaus is also equipped with a printing press for etching and letterpress, a proof press, a piano and a small library.

The Aims and Objectives of the Künstlerhaus

The Künstlerhaus has dedicated itself to support artists working in the fields of contemporary fine art, literature and composition, who are trusted to have the potential for a career in the art scene.
It offers a creative work environment, in which artists, authors, and composers can concentrate on their work far from the (art) market and financial worries.
With the Artist in Residence programme, and the regular programme of events, it is intended that the Künstlerhaus will secure and expand its national and international reputation as a meeting point for those who create art, for art professionals, and for people who are interested in arts and culture.

Fellowships of the Künstlerhaus Lauenburg

The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg announces for the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein five fellowships in the following artistic categories:

Extent of Funding

The Artist in Residence fellowship includes free use of an apartment and studio, including the costs for electricity, internet and telephone connection to the landline.
Every fellow receives 750,- EUR per month for the time of his/her stay at the Künstlerhaus.

Expectations on the Artists

The Künstlerhaus shall be open to the public by changing exhibitions. From the fellows we expect that by far the greater part of the fellowship period will be spent in Lauenburg and that the fellows take responsibility for the administration of the gallery on the weekends (open from 3 – 5 pm.).
From every fellow we expect at least one solo presentation (exhibition, lecture or concert) during his/her residency at the Künstlerhaus. Furthermore we expect an artist talk, a joint first presentation and a joint finissage.
Besides that, we expect a presentable artistic work for the collection of the”Galerie zeitgenössischer Künste” (Gallery of Contemporary Arts, associated to the Künstlerhaus) and a report (one A4 sheet) for the Federal State Schleswig-Holstein about the period of residence at the Künstlerhaus.
All exhibition material is expected to be exclusively produced for the Künstlerhaus.

The Künstlerhaus appreciates participation of the fellows in projects which promote art and culture as an educational mission, for example in cooperation with the Open Studio of the Künstlerhaus.
Further exhibitions, events, public discussions and meetings – also in other venues in Lauenburg and Schleswig-Holstein – will be supported if possible by the association Künstlerhaus Lauenburg/Elbe e.V.

The Application and Selection Process

Professional German and international artists may apply for the Artist in residence fellowships at the Künstlerhaus Lauenburg.
Artists who are still studying at the time the residency starts; or artists who simultaneously receive another fellowship; or have already received a fellowship from the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein in the last three years are not eligible to apply.
We welcome applicants who enjoy making contact with other people, and who actively seek the exchange of ideas in their particular areas of artistic competence.