Exchange grants for artistic projects between Stuttgart and Barcelona

For the ninth year in a row, Hangar publishes this call for artists exchange grants between the land Baden-Württemberg and Catalonia. This grant arose in 2015 at the initiative of the Goethe-Institut Barcelona, the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart -WKV and Hangar, Center for Artistic Production and Research and receives the support of the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Wurttemberg -MWK- and the Generalitat de Catalunya.

The aim of this program is to support the development of artistic works linked to the contexts of each of the participating institutions, to promote interregional exchange between creators from Baden-Württemberg and Catalonia, and to enable experiences of dialogue between different artistic approaches, backgrounds and production methods to mutually enrich each other.

Objective of this call and its recipients
The objective of this call is to offer a grant to four artists (2 from Baden-Württemberg and 2 from Catalonia) to foster mobility, research and production expenses for the realization of two months residencies in Barcelona and Stuttgart.
Participation in this competition is open to all visual artists of any age and nationality living in the geographical area of Baden-Württemberg and Catalonia, who develop proposals in the fields of visual arts, performance, installations, sound art, audiovisual, new media, etc.
Note: the grant only covers individual accommodation and endowment. In the case of collectives, there is only one scholarship for all persons of the collective and the collective should appoint one contact person.

Hosting institutions
In Barcelona the two residencies will be hosted at Hangar.

About Hangar. Hangar is a space that offers and upgrades the material, technical and conceptual conditions to support creation and thinking linked to the context of contemporary art in all phases of the process. In particular, Hangar is concerned with that which takes place before, or as a precondition for, the presentation of results.

Hangar has an open idea of contemporary art as a node of interconnection between various forms of sensibility and knowledge capable of a singular speculative imagination. For this reason, Hangar puts into practice, with all its consequences, the interaction of contemporary art with technological and scientific research; with other fields of cultural production and with cultural studies as a field of critique and analysis from which to observe questions such as ecological transition, the tacit governance of infrastructures, the privileges of gender, class or race, and neo-liberal dysfunctions.

In Barcelona the accommodation consists of a single bedroom at Hangar’s Residence. The Residence occupies the former guard’s house on the Can Ricart site, next to Hangar’s installations and has a ground floor and a first floor (80.99m2 and 62.59 m²) with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room and a kitchen each. The residence is designed to accommodate up to four artists at the same time, for short stays ranging from one week to four months. The aim is for a minimum of two artists to live together each time in order to promote and enrich the exchange of experiences and knowledge beyond their own individual research and production projects.
Email contact for Hangar:

In Stuttgart the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and the Württembgerischer Kunstverein Stuttgart will receive one artist each.

About the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg. The Art Foundation Baden-Württemberg is an institution that promotes the development of young creation in contemporary art. Its aim is to support the development of the artistic work of young emerging talents for a limited period, which guarantees economic independence and freedom in the work of art. The Foundation supports young talents in the fields of visual arts, performing arts, literature, music, art criticism and cultural management with subsidized international residences, providing a space for work and accommodation. With the production, organization of events and publications, the Foundation has awarded works to a wider public.

The guest studio of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg is located in the house of the Kunststiftung at Gerokstraße 37, on the 2nd floor with a view of Stuttgart. The guest studio has a living room with its own bathroom and a spacious working area where the Barcelona scholarship holder can work (approx. 63 m²). The kitchen is shared with artists from the house.
Email contact for the residency at KBW:

About the Kunstverein Stuttgart. Founded in 1827, the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart is one of the largest art associations with around 3,000 members and an exhibition and event space of over 1,500 square meters. It sees itself as a place of open and participatory engagement with the diverse practices of international contemporary arts – and their far-reaching socio-political fields of reference. The WKV works on the basis of both locally and internationally anchored, transcultural as well as transdisciplinary networks.

The WKV supports production, work processes and the development of knowledge about contemporary art on a theoretical and practical level. Its work includes, among other things, the promotion of artistic research projects and the co-production of new works.

The guest apartment of the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart is located in the Kunstverein’s studio building in the “Schellenkönig”. It has a ground and first floor with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a guest toilet, a living room and a kitchen (ca. 70 qm). Unfortunately, the apartment is not barrier-free.
Email contact for the residency at WKV:

Residency period
Artists residing in Catalonia can apply for a two-month residency in Stuttgart, from June 1 to July 31, 2023, and artists residing in Baden-Württemberg can apply for a two-month residency in Barcelona, from September 1 to October 31, 2023.

Benefits and grant endowment
– Travel allowance: 300 €.
– Financial endowment: 1,800 € in concept of maintenance (2 months) and 900 € in concept of production (gross amounts).
– Use of the center’s infrastructures.
– Occasional technical assistance. In case of requiring exclusive dedication to the project, the costs will be charged to the production budget.
– Accommodation and work space.

Note: In case the artist had some specific needs in terms of accommodation or working space these are to be specified in the application dossier. The program does not cover extra housing for families or collaborators.
The residency does not include medical insurance. It is mandatory that the artists personally arrange a medical insurance valid for the period of the residency.

Each artist can apply with only one project.
For artists from Catalonia the application should be sent in English in Pdf format to: with the subject “Grant exchange Baden-Württemberg Catalunya 2023″.
For artists from the Baden-Württemberg region the application is submitted via an online form at:
The document must contain:
– Personal data (full name, date and place of birth, ID or passport number, email contact, telephone contact).
– Biography (2500 characters maximum, spaces included).
– Artist statement: The artist statement is not a biography but a brief discourse on the intentionality of the work, what characterizes it, its themes, the references it handles and the type of formalizations it usually adopts (2500 characters maximum, spaces included).
– Motivation letter stating the interest in developing one’s own artistic practice in the hosting institution (2500 characters maximum, spaces included).
– Project (2500 characters maximum, spaces included).
– Graphic dossier (up to a maximum of 10 images with their technical specifications).
– URL (only for videos). This field is optional if you have attached images to the graphic dossier and mandatory if you do not attach images. Write a single URL to a video or animation (personal website, vimeo, youtube or any other). The committee will view a maximum of 5 minutes of video.
– Personal web URL.
– Optional: in the application candidates can mention agents, projects, networks based in the receiving context that awaken the participant’s imagery and connect to the project.

* Applications may be submitted in English.
*IMPORTANT: applications that do not include the required information and/or exceed the length limits will not be accepted.

Deadline for submission of applications

The deadline for receipt of applications is Sunday, February 26, at 11:59 p.m. CET.
Failure to submit the documentation within the deadlines established in this call will result in the application being considered null and void.

Selection process
The jury meeting and announcement omodificationf the selected projects will be made in mid-May 2022.

Commitments of the selected project
The selected artists will commit to:
– Participate during their residency in communication activities of the project.
– Deliver a final report of the project to the centers and an evaluation of the residency within a maximum of one month after its completion.
– Make a presentation of the results of the residency at the end of it. In Barcelona, the presentation will take place within the framework of the Paratext. In Stuttgart, the presentation will take place at the Kunstverein Stuttgart or other suitable venue.
– Include the logos of the participating institutions.

Evaluation Criteria
The following will be evaluated:
– The interest of the proposals according to the lines of work of each of the residency centers.
– The capacity of the project to solve the thematic that it raises.
– A realistic assessment of the time and the adequacy of the project’s objectives to the context and resources of the participating centers.
– The project’s capacity to engage with the contexts and networks of the participating institutions.

Participating institutions
Goethe-Institut Barcelona. It is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany and is active throughout the world with the aim of promoting knowledge of the German language abroad and promoting cultural cooperation at an international level. In addition, the Goethe-Institut transmits a broad view of Germany through information on the cultural, social and political life of the country. It works on the basis of mutual dialogue and is therefore at the service of all those who are actively involved in German language and culture. To this end, it cooperates with both private and public cultural bodies and promotes cooperation with local cultural agents, organising and supporting a wide range of cultural activities.

Departamento de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya.


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Phone: +34 93 308 40 41 ext. 22


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Image: Saskia Fischer‘s studio, winner of the Eighth Exchange Grant for Artistic Projects Between Stuttgart and Barcelona.

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