Art – Culture – Science – in dialogue with sustainable development policy

13.03.2017 |

The tiny island of Vilm in the Baltic Sea is the perfect place for creative souls to escape to for inspiration and a new artist-in-residence programme allows them to do just that.

Vilm is a protected as part of the South-East Rügen Biosphere Reserve and as such is undeveloped and largely unspoilt. It has long been a popular destination for artists, writers, musicians and thinkers to come for professional and creative grounding and motivation. 

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) are together offering an artist-in-residence programme, as part of a research project intersecting arts and culture with policy development around sustainability.

Island of Vilm has inspired generations of artists, such as in this painting by Friedrich Preller junior from 1888. Now it's time for fresh perspectives! Source: wikimedia

The project aims to further develop dialogues that promote a culture of sustainability, whilst addressing the goals of Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN.    

Artists from the fields of fine arts, performance art, photography, literature and music are invited to apply, with 4 artists to be selected in total for up to 6 weeks of residency. The residency will begin in early June 2017 and the jury-selected artists will also be involved in a transdisciplinary workshop from 6th to the 9th of June. Artists in residence may develop an artistic concept that will be included in future exhibition initiatives including a group exhibition in Berlin in 2019.

Artists selected for the residency will receive a living allowance, travel expenses and fully equipped guesthouse accommodation at the International Academy for Nature Conservation.

The call for an Artist-in-Residency, by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federal Environment Agency is open and applications will be accepted until March 17th. Please send via e-mail to neue.ansichten(a)

Applications should consist of CV, list of works/exhibitions/publications and representative illustrations of realised works, a motivational letter, a description of the intended project and planned realisation thereof. You can find the call for applications in English here and in German here.

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