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 art.

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 destinations.

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 scholarship,
click here:►General funding guidelines