Built with Berta.me

  1. Aerial view of Arnis in 1940

    Aerial view of Arnis in 1940


    The Arnis Residency is an annual residence programme for contemporary artists, taking place on a half-island in Northern Germany. It proposes to engage with the region‘s local and rural context, from which to encounter a world increasingly characterised by connections and flows beyond its cities.


    Taking place from 5 – 22 September 2020, artists – couples and/or duos included – are invited to propose a project resonating with the the region‘s economic, historic, socio-political or geographical conditions.


    Aiming to expand the notion of residencies in rural places as mere retreats, and contributing to a production that engages with local communities outside the urban context, the residency will culminate in a public event spread across different locations around Arnis.


    Arnis lies close to the Baltic Sea in a fjord called Schlei and is the smallest town of Germany, both by population and by area, with only 279 habitants and 0.45 km2. It was founded in 1667 by families moving from 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, the second most important income lied in its shipyards, which, next to tourism and yachting, still represent a significant part of its current economy. While Arnis is situated in the region of Anglia, it is the original home to the Angels, a group of Germanic immigrants whose migration is believed to lead 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 show during the period of their residency. Due to the short stay, existing projects and lines of research that can somehow be linked to the site are encouraged, however, feasible new engagements are welcome too. The residency is open to multiple disciplines such as performance, film, painting, sculpture, photography, writing, installation, sound and new media.


    Depending on the nature of the works and the weather conditions there are various exhibtion sites: a local beach, a residency sailing boat, a water 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 sailmakers business, a bakery, some artists’ studios, an old mill, a pottery, a metal workshop, three restaurants, a textile and a few other shops.



    Arnis Residency offers food, accommodation in an individual room and space for working (shared desk and/or the space of a sailing boat/small studio space/open-air garden).


    There is a production budget of 50 € and a travel allowance of 100€. (Update: 13 July 2020) 


    During the residency there will be personal counsel and exchange, access to tools as well as liaison with local sources such as metal workshops, boat builders and sailmakers. Residents will be taken on short sailing trips and other visits of interest around the area.


    Please send ONE PDF (with up to 15 MB), providing a short description of your artistic practice and a specific work proposal for the residency in Arnis, along with a short CV, images of past work or a website. Please note if you have any particular needs. Send the file in the following format:

    ‘FirstName LastName_Arnis Residency 2020’


    The deadline to apply is 19 July 2020. Successful applicants will be informed shortly after.


    Applications must be sent to arnisresidency@gmail.com