Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Kultur
56130 Bad Ems
Telefon: +49 (0) 2603 9419-0
Aims and objectives
Artists’ residence Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems was founded in 1995 and is a place of reflection, artistic production, discussion and meeting. It supports visual artists from all over the world by awarding artists-in-residence fellowships.
The Künstlerhaus is publicly presented through lectures, concerts and exhibitions. Works by the fellows are regularly shown in ‘Made in Balmoral’, the Künstlerhaus’s exhibition space in the Bad Ems city centre. Schloss Balmoral sees itself as an interface between artistic work and theoretical reflection and as a point of contact between former and present fellows. Balmoral intends to build a bridge between the artists' present and their future.
Benefits and requirements
Balmoral fellowships are residential fellowships; continuous presence is obligatory.
The fellowships are endowed with 1,400 € a month.
Two fellowships are awarded for the period of three months. Four fellowships are awarded for the period of nine months. All residential fellowships run from June each year.
All artists invited will have their registered residence in Bad Ems for the time of their stay (compulsory registration). Artists must be free of all professional commitments for the period of their fellowships.
The fellowship holders are provided with a furnished living/bedroom with shower/WC and a studio including electricity, water and heating. Running costs (electricity, water and heating) will be paid by the Künstlerhaus. Each apartment is equipped with an individual telephone and internet access. If required, the room is also wired up for radio and television. The lounge, the dining room and the kitchen are for joint use. Due to the historic nature of the building, the apartments and studios in terms of their size and equipment are normally only suitable for one single person. Pets are not admitted.
The fellows may use free of charge the in-house wood workshop and a library containing approx. 6,000 books, mainly on modern and contemporary art, and the major art magazines.
Tiles for world-famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser were developed and produced in the company Baukeramik Ebinger in Bad Ems. The fellows have the opportunity to use the local workshop and the kiln for a fee. Personal support and guidance is also possible. For more information please visit www.ebinger-schnass-keramik.de.
After the fellowship acceptance, the applicant will receive an agreement concluded with the Künstlerhaus and the house rules. Once the contract has been signed by the fellowship holder, the award of the fellowship is legally binding.
Fellows are required to write a report about their stay in the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral afterwards.
The decision on the award of the fellowships is made by a jury of experts taking into special consideration the potential of the artistic work for development. The members of the jury make their choice according to the quality of the work samples applicants have to hand in together with their application (for more details see »application«).
The selection committee normally consists of one chairperson and seven members of the jury who are expert representatives of the following professional groups:
• an art critic
• a museum director or curator
• a representative of the studies of Fine Arts from a university or an art academy
• a member of the artists associations in the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate
• a visual artist
• the artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
• a former fellow
• the desk officer of the Ministry of Education, Science, Further Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz
An application form is available for download during the application period for each fellowship and must be completed and submitted with the application. Applications without a filled application form will not be accepted. More details you find here.