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»Freiräume« artist-in-residence programme

The artist-in-residence programme Freiräume (»Open Spaces«) initiated by Schaumburger Landschaft in cooperation with HFBK Hamburg aims to offer HFBK students and graduates a free space for their artistic activities. This rural location in the environs of Hannover presents an opportunity to spend two months intensively engaged in one’s own artistic work, away from one’s familiar surroundings and day-to-day obligations. Schaumburger Landschaft is a regional association for the promotion of regional culture, with the objective of advancing aspects of Schaumburg culture whilst combining tradition and modernity and incorporating new, unconventional influences. The artist-in-residence programme is being made available for the first time in 2018 in token of the spatial-historical connection between Hamburg and the Schaumberg region.

This artist-in-residence programme comes with 3,000 € to cover living costs, including working materials costs. It comprises:

  • Application deadline: 20 April 2020
  • Announcement of the scholarship holder: end of May 2020
  • A two-month residency from mid of July to the end of September 2020
  • A solo exhibition in October 2020
  • An accompanying publication

Costs for exhibition setup and technology, the accompanying publication, and advertising will be borne (within limits) by the Schaumburger Landschaft.

The artist-in-residence’s apartment is integrated into the Kesselhaus cultural centre in Lauenau. The studio is situated in the same location, in a renovated former restaurant with several rooms entirely available for use. Anyone interested in being the artist-in-residence should be ready to engage with the local art and cultural scene and to contact artists in the location. The scholarship is subject to a residency requirement.

The scholarship is awarded based on a decision by the HFBK-Jury, which is selected annually by the HFBK senate.


The following persons can apply: Bachelor students who have completed their fifth semester, Master students of any semester, and any graduate who graduated not more than 2 years ago.

Application deadline: 20 April 2020

Online application

Please find the application form here.

Please note: Only after submitting your online application will you receive the link to upload your portfolio (please note that uploaded portfolios should not exceed 5 MB).

Scholarship 2019

Anna Mieves

Scholarship 2018

Magdalena Los


Bärbel Hartje
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Phone: +49 40 42 89 89-257