Call Applications: Artist in Residence

at Weltmuseum Wien

Weltmuseum Wien announces a call for applications for an artist in residence who will stay in Vienna for two months within the frame of the European project SWICH – Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage.

Deadline: September 13, 2015

Residency Co-Creation Labs at Weltmuseum Wien

Together with an expert Jury, Weltmuseum Wien will choose one artist. During the residency, the artist will create a context specific installation/object/media piece, which will be exhibited at the time of the museum’s reopening in autumn 2017.
In Vienna, the artist will work on the implementation of his/her project and collaborate closely with the scientific staff of the museum. The developed project should be a site and context specific work of art, which results from a creative exchange between the artist and the museum.
The research, development and creation of the project should be completed during the period of the residency, the final presentation of the work will be at the time of the reopening of the museum.

Thematic Focus
Weltmuseum Wien is searching for a project that comments on contemporary issues the museum is dealing with such as migration, colonial past of museum collections, cultural diversity and transnational identities in Vienna or new forms of collecting in a post-migrant society. What are – in this context – the missing pieces and untold stories at the museum? Weltmuseum Wien aims at working with an artist who researches similar questions in his or her art practice and can thus engage into a fruitful artistic dialogue with the institution.

January - February 2016

Deadline for applications
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The decision of the jury will be communicated until mid October 2015

Activities and outcome of the residency
- development and creation of a work of art which will be exhibited at Weltmuseum Wien at the time of the museum’s reopening.
- participation in one Lab-Meeting in Marseille (FR)
- public presentation in Vienna during residency
- provision of graphic and text material for a publication.

Weltmuseum Wien offers the selected artist a project budget of max. 11.000 € including artist honorarium and production costs. Additionally, the museum makes available accommodation, travel costs and per diem.

Requirements for application
The museum is searching for a professional artist (no student) who has experience in dealing with complex and sensitive issues such as colonialism, migration or the reinterpretation of ethnographic collections.

The Application should contain
- concept/work plan including relation to thematic focus (max. 2 A4 pages)
- 300 characters summary of concept/work plan
- CV or Portfolio (max 7 pages)
- contact details
- send applications to:
- Max. size for attachments: 5 MB

Applications can be submitted in English or German.

Lisl Ponger, visual artist
Martin Fritz, curator, consultant and writer
Michael Stolhofer, curator / Impulstanz
Claudia Augustat, curator Weltmuseum Wien
Steven Engelsman, director Weltmuseum Wien

about Weltmuseum Wien
The Weltmuseum Wien, created as Museum of Ethnology (Museum für Völkerkunde) in 1928, has its origin in the Ethnographic Collection of the Natural History Museum founded in 1876. It is the only Austrian museum focusing with its collection and program on the worlds’ cultural diversity while at the same time documenting Austria’s historical relations with the world through its global collections. Today it aims to make the historical collection salient in the present society marked by globalisation and migration. With its collections and history, the Weltmuseum Wien offers an ideal environment for researching, articulating and discussing questions of cultural diversity. In April 2013 the museum has marked its reorientation with the change of name into „world museum“.

SWICH Project
For SWICH – Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage, ten European partner museums reflect current issues concerning the role of ethnographic museums within an increasingly differentiated European society. The focus of this EU-cooperation project, funded by the Creative Europe programme, lies on central concerns of visionary ethnographic museum practice within the context of a post-migrant society. Globalisation and migration contribute to a diversification of European society, thus multiple cultural identities increasingly characterize its citizens. Ethnographic museums have to reflect such new circumstances and re-contextualize their collections that catalogue the diversity of world cultures in the light of such global and transnational changes. In a series of conferences, workshops, residencies and cooperative exhibition formats the partner museums work on strategies for a future-oriented museum practice.

SWICH is co-funded by the creative Europe Programme of the European Union

For further inquiries please contact: doris.prlic[at]
Weltmuseum Wien Neue Burg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien
Legal seat: KHM-Museumsverband Burgring 5, 1010 Wien

DEADLINE: 13 September 2015

WHERE: Weltmuseum Wien (AT)


Artist in Residence