Aerial view of Arnis in 1940
ramoslübbert is delighted to announce the third international artist residency in Arnis, an annual programme that invites contemporary artists to live and work on a half-island in Northern Germany. With only 279 inhabitants and the size of 0.45m2, Arnis is not just the smallest town of Germany, but also a place of great events. Its history of sea related industries remains visible in the functioning shipyards, fisherboats, port facilities as well as in the production sites for sails and nautical charts. Arnis Residency aims to bring new artistic perspectives into this context, from which to encounter a world increasingly characterised by connections and flows beyond its cities.
Taking place from 18 August – 1 September 2019, we invite two artists – couples and duos included – to propose a project resonating with Arnis economic, socio-political or geographical conditions.
Aiming to expand the notion of rural places as mere retreats, and to contribute to the production of a creative hub outside the urban context, the residency will culminate in a public event spread across different locations in Arnis.
A bit of context
Arnis lies close to the Baltic Sea in a fjord called Schlei and is the smallest town in Germany both by population and by area with only 279 habitants and 0.45 km2. It was founded in 1667 by families moving out of Kappeln, a nearby town, in order to avoid the increasing subjugation of their peonage.
In the 19th century, Arnis turned into a prosperous harbour town, at times accommodating more than 1000 inhabitants and 90 sailing and merchant ships. Known far beyond German borders for its maritime trade, their second most important income lied in its shipyards, which, next to tourism and yachting, still represent a significant part of its current economy. Whereas Arnis is situated in the region of Anglia, it is believed to be the original home to the Angels, a group of Germanic immigrants whose migration led to their new homeland England being named after them.
Applicants are invited to submit a brief description of a work they would like to finalise and to show during the period of their residency. Due to the short stay, we encourage existing projects and lines of research that can somehow be linked to the site, however, we also welcome feasible new engagements. The residency is open to multiple disciplines such as performance, film, painting, sculpture, photography, writing, installation, sound and new media.
Past residents include: Diana Duta, Sophie Mackfall, Sara Trillo, Benjamin Owens, Annelyse Gelman & Auden Lincoln-Vogel, and Sarah Duffy.
Depending on the nature of the works and the weather conditions, we will be able to facilitate as exhibition sites: a local beach, sailing or motor boats, a boat wharf, a floating raft as a stage, the residency’s house back garden and a small car ferry that brings people over to the other side of the fjord, amongst others.
Local facilities include a Danish school, a church and a cemetery, an old football field, a beach, a harbour, several boat wharfs, a sea-map maker, a sail maker, a bakery, some artists’ studios, an old mill, a pottery, three restaurants, a textile and a few other shops.
ramoslübbert is a curatorial duo formed in 2017 by Cristina Ramos and Christian Lübbert. Operating on an international scale, they are based between London and Berlin. Their curatorial practice investigates different exhibition formats, showing relevant practices and discourses in contemporary art, as well as working site-specifically in unexpected locations.
Arnis Residency offers food allowance, accommodation in an individual room and space for working (shared desk or/and the space of a sailing boat/small studio space/open-air garden) and a very small production budget. Granted by the Kulturstiftung Des Kreises Schleswig-Flensburg, each artist will receive 250€.
ramoslübbert offer personal council and will facilitate exchange and access to tools as well as liaison with local sources such as metal workshops, boat builders and sail makers. Residents will be taken on short sailing trips and other visits of interest around the area.
To apply - please provide a short description of your work and what do you plan to do in Arnis during the residency, along with a short CV and images of past work or a website address. Please specify if you have any particular need.
The deadline to apply is 21 July 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of the next week. Applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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