Final jury meeting 2021, from upper left to lower right: Ann-Kathrin Dübbers, staff member of the Hessische Kulturstiftung (technical support), Dr. Sylvia Metz, representative for the scholarship program and artist relations of the Hessische Kulturstiftung, Katharina Hinsberg, professor for conceptual painting at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar in Saarbruecken, Dr. Yilmaz Dziewior, director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and this year’s curator of the German Pavillon at the Venice Biennale, Moritz Wesseler, director of the Fridericianum in Kassel, Dr. Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, curator at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, Nasan Tur, former fellow of the Hessische Kulturstiftung and professor at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee in Berlin, Hilke Wagner, director of the Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Jessica Angelina Maus, staff member of the Hessische Kulturstiftung (minutes)


Since 1992 the Cultural Foundation of Hesse (Hessische Kulturstiftung) has been providing a scholarship programme of high renown for visual artists who were born in Hesse, have a permanent residence here or hold a diploma from a Hessian art academy. These scholarships are awarded every two years as 12 months travel grants or as a 12 months residence in one of the foundation’s studios in London, Paris or New York.

During the long-standing period of this programme societal paradigms and their impact on contemporary art have undergone significant changes. The economically sensitive situation of creative minds, as well as artistic production itself is increasingly challenged by art market laws. In contrast stands the foundation’s basic understanding of the often precarious state of artists and the relations between promoting, presenting and collecting. It is not only the acquisition complementing a collection that seems sensible and necessary to us, but also, quite in tradition with European habits, investing in the postgraduate education of artists.

As a prerequisite for art that stands its ground within an international competition, Hessische Kulturstiftung has poured out about €4.5 million for scholarships to 150 artists until now. This is an investment in a professional branch of our society whose definition has changed from the artist as a creative opponent to society to a global player within the international art world, related to by extended artistic practices beyond the limits of genres and media. Giving artists the opportunity for personal growth and change of perspective – the seminal achievements of our programme – we therefore consider as an important contribution to professionalising artistic career promotion.

The detailed conditions of the scholarship can be found in the application documents, which can be downloaded under the menu item downloads.

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