KÜNSTLERHAUS BÜCHSENHAUSEN – FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR ART AND THEORY
Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen is a post-graduate center for production, research, mediation in the fields of visual arts and art theory. Within the framework of the fellowship program, the Künstlerhaus offers a platform that facilitates the development and production of artistic and art-theoretical projects in a critical context. At the same time, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen creates a forum for direct exchange between professionals – artists, theoreticians, critics, and curators – from the region and abroad as well as a point of interaction with local publics of interest. Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen is affiliated with the Tyrolean Artists’ Association, the major association of visual artists from the region.
Büchsenhausen brings together two programs under one roof. On the one hand, it is the site of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory. On the other hand, it is a location of studios for artists based in Tyrol who are seeking a place for work in an interesting environment. Four apartment studios are used by the participants in the fellowship program. Six studios are available to artists based in Tyrol. The project and presentation space is equipped with multimedia facilities and was designed by Atelier van Lieshout.
With its Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, Büchsenhausen promotes internationally relevant artistic production, research, and discussion in the region of Tyrol. The program is based on the idea of generating and maintaining a context for production and discussion, in which artists and theoreticians can connect and reflect on international art and societal discourses in relation to local topics and issues. At the same time, it offers an artistic laboratory of experimentation, where new artistic practices and strategies may be tried out.
The program’s aims are:
- to promote and relay critical, socially relevant production of knowledge in art and theory
- to produce, through the fellowship projects, qualified discourses on art and society within the local and global contexts
- to enable the transfer of knowledge between the field of art and other public fields outside the art context
- to facilitate the exchange between cultural producers in the visual arts and beyond (creating a network of experts)
The program combines the advantages of a residency with the possibilities of a postgraduate, non-university research and production fellowship on the basis of an open, non-formalized structure. The program addresses a worldwide public made up of professionals in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, art and media theory and criticism.
The Fellows are selected by a jury of experts following an open call for applications. They come to Büchsenhausen for a minimum of five months to work on realizing their proposed undertaking, and accompany this process with public events. For this purpose, Büchsenhausen assigns a monetary award and provides a production budget, a budget to facilitate the exchange with other experts and to (at least partially) cover the Fellows’ own travel costs, free access to the working space, free lodging, as well as artistic and technical advice. The Fellows’ works, production methods and themes are made accessible to interested visitors in public events and presentations. This conveyance and discussion of the Fellows’ work occurs parallel to the development of the individual projects. At the end of the Fellowship there is a thematic group exhibition in which the Fellows can present the results of their work to a broader public.
Founded in 1993 by the Department of Culture – Tyrolean Government and the Tyrolean Artists’ Association. Since 2002 Büchsenhausen is managed by the Tyrolean Artists’ Association.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Months: 6 – 12
- Visual Art
- Shared studio / workplace
- Exhibition space
- Technical assistance
- Public talk