Open Call NordArt exhibition 2021

22.09.2020 |

NordArt is one of the largest contemporary international art exhibitions in Europe, which is redesigned annually and presents more than 200 selected artists from all over the world – internationally renowned artists and as well as newcomers. Artists from all over the world can apply to participate in the NordArt 2021 exhibition that will take place from 5 June to 10 October 2021.

As an internationally established forum for cultural education and exchange, NordArt has dedicated itself to the task of enhancing mutual understanding through the language of art. The exhibition thrives on the varying perspectives of individual cultures, but also points out the fact that East and West, South and North share many common thoughts.

The exhibition grounds include the historic aisles of the iron foundry Carlshütte with their 22,000 square meters of ground area, the charming ACO Wagenremise and an 80,000 square meters sculpture park. NordArt counts more than 100,000 visitors every summer. For an impression of the exhibition site visit the virtual tour.
You can find films about NordArt and its artists on the YouTube NordArt channel.

Artists from all over the world can apply for a participation in the exhibition with artworks, which could be shown at NordArt 2021. A list of the invited artists will be published on NordArt's website in early March 2021. 

The organizers are also offering an "Artist in Residence" programme as a a creative exchange with international artists in the run-up to the annual exhibition. Up to 10 artists will be invited between mid-April and late May to realize  or create their new large-format works (sculpture, installation, painting) for the current NordArt. Residence time on site depends on the respective project and can last from a few days to 4 weeks. Artists who wish to participate have to mark the "Artist in Residence" in their application. The organizers require a project description with details on the materials and dimensions, estimated time required and photos with examples of artworks or sketches. 

Kunstwerk Carlshütte is a non-profit cultural initiative and organizes NordArt, which has been held annually since 1999.

Applications should be submitted before the deadline of 31 October 2020. More information can be found here.



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