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Application requirements for a residency fellowship
(please read carefully):


  • You are aged up to 40 years, 

  • You have completed your academic studies.
    Please note that applications from those still enrolled in degree programs during the application round will not be considered. PhD candidates may submit applications.

  • A very limited number of fellowships are awarded regardless of the applicants' age. Decisions relating to the above will be made by the responsible jurors.

  • Would you like to apply as part of an artist group? In this case, each group member must fill in the questionnarie on their own behalf and inform us with whom you apply as a group. Please indicate all names and application numbers of the single group members in your application.

  • Knowledge of English, German or French is a prerequisite for application.

  • If you have applied for a fellowship from the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg Art Foundation), whose application procedure runs at the same time, you are not eligible for an Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship.

  • Former fellows of the Akademie Schloss Solitude cannot apply again.

  • The Solitude fellowship is a residency fellowship. At least two thirds of the fellowship period must be spent at the Akademie.

  • All fellows must have their permanent residence in Stuttgart for the fellowship's duration (obligation to register residence).

Applicants whose applications are refused during a specific selection procedure may send in applications during two other rounds (maximum). Applicants are obliged to register and pay the application fee (it's an administration fee) of € 15 (no return of materials). This fee applies only to applicants from industrialized countries (see list of countries).


International artists are invited to apply from the following spheres of practice: 

Please note that you can choose between the following options: 
- You can apply for one sphere of practice
- You can apply for one sphere of practice and the thematic focus
- You can apply for the thematic focus only

1 VISUAL – Visual arts & media 
Including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film, video, printing, ceramics, textiles, performance

2 AURAL & PHYSICAL – Music & performing arts
Including music, music interpretation and composition, sound installation, sound performance, dance, choreography, drama, theater, music theater, dramaturgy, directing

3 DIGITAL – Digital Solitude
Including digital art, gaming, hacking, computing, programming, web-based video production and installation, digital journalism, digital publishing

4 SPATIAL – Architecture & design
Including architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, applied arts, design, stage design, fashion design, costume design, product design, furniture design

5 TEXTUAL – Literature & language
Including German-language and international literature in all written forms (dramatic texts, lyric poetry, prose, essay, and translation)

6 SOCIETAL/COMMUNAL-BASED WORK – Education, mediation, theory
Including art criticism, critical theory, curation, art education, socially engaged art

 7 SCIENTIFIC – art, science & business
Humanities, social, natural and economic sciences 
Including philosophy, anthropology, biology, botany, physics, mathematics, computer science, cultural studies, ecology, gender studies, history, law, public policy, medicine, political science and political theory, psychology, sociology, economics and finance)




Mutations are processes with unpredictable outcomes: transformation, loss of control, and irreversibility, but also diversity, metamorphosis, and hybridity. It is this indeterminacy and associative richness that makes mutations uncanny and attractive at the same time.

In the fields of biology and genetics, mutations refer to a change in DNA, the elementary code of life.

Mutations occur as variation and alteration, as unforeseen transformation of material or environment. Mutations happen at the intersection of information and manifest in a modification of all aspects of life; in the physicality of living beings. In the environment and its ecological, social, and political conditions they apply to the formation of cultural spaces. Mutations hold an enormous potential for radical thinking and change. They contradict the existing order, challenging hierarchies and perhaps heralding the dawn of a new age.

Today’s ecological crisis and social inequalities pose serious structural challenges to all societies of today. Residence programs serve as an experimental space in which the participants observe, analyze, and challenge mutant processes. Through the lens of mutations we can assess and rewire these processes from the ground up. In this sense, how can we think about mutations in times of profound socio-political and ecological change? How can we unleash the diversity and multiplicity that is inherent to mutations? What does »mutation« mean in the interrelationship between artistic, social, and planetary work? In this sense, »mutations« serve as a subject to be explored from intertwining points of view, both scientifically and artistically. The group of seven selected fellows will be committed to working on the topic jointly for the time span of nine months. They will contribute to the Akademie’s internal program via monthly labs, and will also participate in public events. Accompanying mentoring will be offered during the entire stay of the residence.

»Mutations« is a cooperation of Akademie Schloss Solitude and KfW Stiftung to foster transdisciplinary and transcultural dialogue between the arts and sciences. By inviting artists, scientists and creative minds from all fields to engage in a focused group conversation within a given thematic frame, the 9-month program encourages critical reflection and artistic production as well as encounters across disciplines.

Who can apply?
The open call is open to applicants from all fields of the arts and sciences – VISUAL (visual arts and media), AURAL & PHYSICAL (music and performing arts), DIGITAL (digital art, gaming, digital journalism, digital publishing), SPATIAL (architecture and design), TEXTUAL (literature and language), SOCIETAL (education, mediation, theory), SCIENTIFIC (humanities and sciences). The program addresses young professionals with different disciplinary emphases with a distinct interest in a transdisciplinary approach and a strong motivation for group interaction. We would particularly like to encourage artists from non-Western knowledge backgrounds to apply for the fellowship. The conditions of the Akademie Schloss Solitude apply.

The duration of the residency for all fellows of the Thematic Focus is October 2020 to June 2021. All successful applicants are expected to spend the full nine months in Stuttgart to engage in the program.

The first six months of the residency are dedicated to an intensive dialogue between the fellows, in which they communally develop their practice, creating a platform for knowledge exchange. The collaborative approach to artistic research stands at the forefront of this phase. The following three months are dedicated to a development process in which the fellows expand their practice to engage with the public. The topical residency leads to a closing format (symposium, exhibition or other event, and a publication).

Applicants are asked to submit an abstract (max. 250 words), a portfolio of their work, and a concept paper/essay sketch related to the topic of »Mutations« (max. 1.000 words).


KfW Stiftung ( is an independent non-profit foundation based in Frankfurt/Main which addresses the challenges facing society today. With the aim of raising awareness, encouraging people to take on responsibility, and shaping diversity in today's globalized world, KfW Stiftung is active in four major areas: Environment and Climate, Social Commitment, Responsible Entrepreneurship, and Arts and Culture. The Arts and Culture program initiates various platforms for international contemporary arts, with a focus on non-European and non-Western art. It initiates and funds projects such as residency programs for emerging artists and curators, or writers’ workshops.