Stipendium Start 2023 EN




The next application round for 2023 is open from 1st August – 31st October 2022, when a digital application form will be available.

Until then please refrain from making individual enquiries. Thank you very much!

The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg (“Artists’ House”) was founded in 1986. Its funding, from the state of Schleswig-Holstein, enables it to grant scholarships in the fields of contemporary visual arts, literature and composition. It offers talented young artists from all over the world the opportunity to complete new projects in an undisturbed working environment and to present them to an interested public. Artists of any age, nationality or place of residence may apply. The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg is characterized by its individual support and the networking of the scholarship holders with each other, as well as with the cultural scene of the metropolitan region of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

Every year, Künstlerhaus Lauenburg regularly announces 3 residency fellowships in the fields of composition, literature and visual arts and awards one fellowship in the field of visual arts by invitation to an artist. Artists can apply for the 3 residency fellowships without restriction of age or residence.

Since 2022, Künstlerhaus Lauenburg has also been awarding a working fellowship without residency requirement to applicants with children who have their permanent residence in Germany. Artists in the fields of composition, literature and visual arts can apply for the working scholarship without age restriction.

The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg is characterized by its individual support and the networking of the scholarship holders among each other. It also promotes the networking of the fellows with the cultural scene of the Hamburg metropolitan region and Schleswig-Holstein.

The Künstlerhaus is located directly on the banks of the Elbe, in the middle of the historic old town. Lauenburg is the southernmost town in Schleswig-Holstein, has 12,000 inhabitants and is about 50 km from Hamburg, Lübeck, Schwerin and 25 km from Lüneburg. The town lies in the four-country corner of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with a railway connection on the Lübeck-Lüneburg line. The house was built in the middle of the last century, listed as a historical monument in 1982 and, after extensive restoration work, handed over to its new purpose as an artists’ house in 1986. Since then, 200 scholarship holders have lived and worked here.

Rooms and facilities
The Künstlerhaus has spacious rooms (approx. 400 m²) on three floors. The ground floor houses the Stadtgalerie Künstlerhaus Lauenburg (exhibition space), the Künstlerbar and a large south-facing terrace directly on the Elbe. Cultural events such as cinema, readings and concerts are regularly held in the Künstlerbar and on the terrace. The two upper floors contain large artists’ studios and flats. All studios are fully furnished and have their own shower room and kitchen, as well as a telephone and Wi-Fi connection. There are also printing presses for etching and letterpress, a printing press, a piano and a small library. In the adjoining building of the Künstlerhaus Lauenburg is the Stadtgalerie Künstlerhaus Lauenburg. The exhibition rooms, which were modernised in 2021, are connected across the buildings.
The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg receives financial support from the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the Duchy of Lauenburg County, the city of Lauenburg and the Förderverein Künstlerhaus Lauenburg/Elbe e.V., which has been running the house under its own auspices since 2009.

Objectives of the Künstlerhaus
The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg is dedicated to supporting artists in the fields of contemporary visual arts, literature and composition, who show the potential to have a career in the art world. Within the framework of its regular fellowship program, it offers a stimulating working environment in which artists, authors and composers can pursue their artistic work far away from the (art) market. Furthermore, with its fellowship and event program, the Künstlerhaus Lauenburg pursues the goal of securing and expanding its important supraregional role as a meeting place for artists, professionals, and those interested in art and culture.

Call for applications 2023
The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg/Elbe announces three residency fellowships for the state of Schleswig-Holstein in the following possible areas:

  • One international fellowship in the field of visual arts
  • One international fellowship in the field of literature
  • One international fellowship in the field of composition
  • One national work fellowship for applicants with child in the fields of visual arts, literature, and composition

The period of stay for the residency fellowship holders at the Künstlerhaus Lauenburg is 4 months from mid-May 2023 to mid-September 2023.

The period for the work fellowship is also 4 months from Mid-May 2023 to Mid-September 2023.

The scholarships are awarded by a jury of experts.

Scope of the funding
Within the framework of the sponsorship, the fellowship holder receives a monthly grant of 1000 EUR net for the duration of the fellowship (valid for residency fellowships and “fellowship by invitation”, as well as the work fellowship).
The residence fellowship includes free use of the flat and studio. Electricity supply for flat and studio, internet as well as telephony in the German Festnetz are also free of charge.
Additional funds for material expenses and project-related publications can be raised with the professional support of the Künstlerhaus, but there is no guarantee of success. 

Expectations of the fellows
We assume that the majority of the residency fellowship will be spent in Lauenburg.

During their stay at the Künstlerhaus, the fellows are expected to participate in and create various events (exhibition, reading, premiere…). Please refer to the form sections for fine arts, literature and composition for the specifications according to the areas and details.

Furthermore, a presentable gift of work to the Stadtgalerie Künstlerhaus Lauenburg (sponsor Künstlerhaus Lauenburg) as well as a DIN A4 report on the stay at Künstlerhaus Lauenburg for the state of Schleswig-Holstein is expected.
The exclusivity of the exhibitions and productions at the Künstlerhaus is assumed. The Künstlerhaus welcomes the participation of the scholarship holders in projects to promote art and culture as an educational mission in cooperation with the Offene Atelier of the Künstlerhaus.
Further exhibitions, action days, discussion groups – also at other locations in Lauenburg and Schleswig-Holstein – will be supported by the Trägerverein Künstlerhaus Lauenburg/Elbe e.V. as far as possible. 

Application and selection procedure
Professional German and international artists, authors and composers can apply for admission to the Künstlerhaus Lauenburg.
Artists who are studying at the time of starting the fellowship, who receive another fellowship, or who have already received a fellowship from the state of Schleswig-Holstein in the past three years, are not eligible to apply. We welcome applications from outgoing people who actively seek exchange of ideas in their particular areas of artistic competence.

The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg charges an application fee of 10,00€.
Please transfer the application fee to the following recipient when submitting your application:

Künstlerhaus Lauenburg e.V.
Raiffeisenbank Lauenburg
IBAN DE12 2306 3129 0000 2818 67 

We only accept applications via the form on our website.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not comply with the specifications will not be considered. Applications without payment of the processing fee of EUR 10.00 are also excluded.

The jury meetings for awarding the fellowships will take place at the beginning of 2023. Information on the awarding of the fellowships will be published on the website shortly after the jury meeting. The chosen fellows will be contacted personally. Please refrain from individual enquiries.

The fellowships are financed by funds from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the State of Schleswig-Holstein.