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Artist-in-Residence Program in Vienna 2011

Since the beginning of 2003, seven live/work studios have been available in quartier21 to international artists who do not normally reside in Austria.These studios will be predominantly linked to the cultural providers of quartier21. In special case, the studios can be allocated to applicants recommended by other cultural institutions.
The objective of this program is to expand the role of the MuseumsQuartier Wien as one of the world's largest contemporary cultural complexes over the medium and long term, above all through the active and continuous involvement of international creative artists, and to promote international cultural exchange, in particular with Austria's direct neighbours and other European countries.
The financing of the studio program is accomplished with the assistance of sponsors (currently Erste Bank and Wiener Stadtwerke) and allows us to make the studios available free of charge along with a monthly stipend. Other cooperations are existing with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs/cultural department and the program "tranzit".

Conditions and Award Process

Stipends are awarded for a minimum period of two month and a maximum of six months. Only in exceptional case a period of less than two, but a minimum of one month is possible.

Stipends in quartier21 require the artists' presence on location, i.e. artists are required to spend at least three quarters of the stipend period in the MuseumsQuartier.

There are no age limits for stipends.

English language skills are required.

Decisions on awarding the artist studios are made by the management of MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH.

Upon award of a stipend, the respective cultural provider receives an agreement and house rules for forwarding to the artist. The stipend is deemed to have been awarded with binding effect upon the signing of the agreement by the cultural provider and may be revoked by the management of MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH in the event of a violation of the house rules, etc. The cultural provider provides a security deposit in the amount of EUR 500 at the beginning of the stay for the payment in the event of damage in studio and equipment.

Presentation of the recommendation by the cultural provider or other cultural institutions does not automatically establish the right to award of a stipend.

In case of events within the context of the quartier21 Artist-in-Residence Program, the residency has to be mentioned on printed matters, press releases etc.

Compensation Provided by MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH

MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH makes the studios available for the duration of the stipend including all utilities (note: no telephone connection currently available in the studios).

The artist is given EUR 1,050.00 per month to cover expenses. These funds are paid out by MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH.

Coordination of selection and time scheduling as well as support service for the artist in cooperation with the recommending institution.

Coordination and Supervision

The artist-in-residence program is currently coordinated by staff of the MQ E+B Ges. - Elisabeth Hajek (quartier21 Coordination). For the organization of travel to the MuseumsQuartier, the logistics of moving into the studio with an introduction to the MQ complex, and general questions and organizational matters, the artist can contact quartier21 Coordination or MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH. A list with contacts will be provided to artists at the commencement of their stay.

Basic support for the recommended stipend recipients is primarily provided by the respective cultural provider. The objective is to involve the invited created artists as intensively as possible in the operation of quartier21. In particular, in the course of or as a result of their stay in the MQ, the international artists should also be given an opportunity to present their works or projects developed in collaboration with the inviting and supporting quartier21 partners.


The applications for the artist-in-residence program are registered with the MQ E+B Ges. - Elisabeth Hajek ( using a registration form, in any case CV and project proposal also in digital form. If an applicant is chosen, he or she will receive confirmation in writing.

In order to make it possible for quartier21 to document the artist-in-residence program as comprehensively as possible, the following information must be provided in digital form no later than upon the registration of an artist:
  • Application letter
  • Completed application form  -> download
  • CV (name, education, exhibitions, professional experience, etc.)
  • Ideas or concrete project proposals for quartier21
  • Visual or audio material, catalogs, etc.
Visual or audio material or catalogs remain in the possession of MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH for documentation purposes.


As a condition for award of the scholarship, written documentation including photographic material is to be submitted to the MQ E+B Ges. - Elisabeth Hajek ( in digital form upon completion of the visiting scholarship.

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MuseumsQuartier E+B Ges.
Elisabeth Hajek, Koordination quartier21
Museumsplatz 1
A-1070 Wien
tel +43-1-523 5881-1717
fax +49-1-523 58 86