two-month Environmental Exchange Scholarship
|Vardř - Ahrenshoop
The Environmental Exchange Scholarship between
Ahrenshoop and Vardř is a pilot project launched in 2021 by Künstlerhaus
Lukas (Artists’ house Lukas) and the municipality of Vardř to
establish an ecologically motivated cultural exchange.
The scholarship is composed of two phases:
the journey from Germany to Vardř/from northern Norway to
Ahrenshoop during which the aim is to travel in the most sustainable way
possible and the actual residency at the destination. During this
four week stay, the artists will further develop those parts of their
work that are relevant to the project and eventually present it. Both
phases serve to explore and investigate the relationship between
cultural developments, nature and climate change. In order to achieve
this goal, the scholarship holder can use up to four weeks (including
the return journey).
Vardř is the third northernmost town in Norway and located on
the island of Vardřya, in the very east of the country. It is home to
nearly 2000 people, most of whom work or worked in the fishing industry.
Despite its remote location, Vardř holds cultural significance as the
organiser of the festival of the Pomors and the home to the memorial for
the victims of the witch-hunt in northern Norway, created by artists
Louise Bourgeois and Peter Zumthor. As a former artists’ colony, Ahrenshoop
has been an integral part of German cultural history for well over a
century. The Künstlerhaus Lukas still plays an important role in the
creation of art by providing an excellent place to work for artists from
all over the world and serves as an exhibition space for contemporary
Within the framework of the project, in which artists working in the
fields of the visual arts, dance/performance and literature can
participate, the scholarship-holders are to plan and research their own
itinerary, incorporating alternative means of transportation that are as
environmentally friendly as possible. The experiences and impressions
gained through decelerated, environmentally considerate travel, possibly
on foot or by bicycle, are to be incorporated into the project during
the residency. This may include, but is not limited to, experiences of
nature, art, ways of life or sets of problems, and should be
artistically interpreted and presented during the subsequent residency.
Contact with the local population is highly encouraged at both
The artists will act as environmental ambassadors and pioneers in
the field of climate-neutral travel and a climate-neutral exchange
programme. In order to be able to fulfill this task, they should not
only present their own projects, but also act as mediators: At their
destination, they are to present a self-selected sustainable project
from their home country, and after returning to their place of origin,
they present such a project from their destination region, which they
have researched in detail during their stay. Like the itinerary this
project should already be included in the application.
In addition to these presentations, the scholarship-holders are also to
report on their experiences and results in a subsequent publication
under the direction of the partner institutes.
Applications at the Künstlerhaus Lukas will be open from May 15
to the end of July 2021 for the pilot phase of the project during the
years 2022 and 2023. Vardř has the right of proposal with regards to
the applicants from Norway. There will be one scholarship awarded per
year and country, which provides the artist with free accommodation and
a place to work at the destination, as well as a grant of 2000 €.
Travel expenses are included in this. The nominations will be made
public by the jury in September 2021.
The application has to include a specific proposal for the
personal itinerary as well as for the translation of the subjects of
this scholarship into art. Additionally, five samples of past works are
to be submitted.
For further information on the requirements for applying for a