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BLUMEN is an artist-in-residence program based in Leipzig.
Dedicated to production and communication of art we support the work of emerging visual, performance and sound artists from all over the world. Artists are provided with a studio flat in the inner-city of Leipzig, located in a former flower shop, for periods of approx. 3-4 months.

Our open call for application is deadlined each year for residencies in the following year offering 3 residency positions per year. Project proposals with site-specific approach are welcome. In reviewing all applications BLUMEN collaborates with an independent jury of artists and curators.

Each artist's stay starts with an introductory presentation and culminates in a final show featuring new projects developed during the time in Leipzig that is shown at the gallery of Kunstverein Leipzig or as an intervention in public space. Studio visits, artist talks and special events (festival or show participations, lectures, workshops, readings, performances, screenings etc.) are arranged in agreement with the artists. Within our local team we assist our artists in the production and curating process as well as in all formalities that are required in advance. During each residency we initiate close contacts with the local art scene, the general public and international networks as well as with expedient cooperation partners according to individual needs. Since our outset in 2006, our mission is to create an open-minded environment for young talents designed to maximise intercultural exchange, stimulate new ideas and encourage experimentation.

BLUMEN is a non-profit initiative maintained by the same named association BLUMEN e.V. and is runned by engaged people with cultural and art scientific background.
Since 2009 we work closely together with Kunstverein Leipzig ( and since 2010 we open regularly our space for lectures and short-term actions in cooperation with local artists and academics.

Who can apply?

Professional visual, performance and sound artists from all over the world.

Is there a deadline?

MAY 31
once a year for all terms in the upcoming year

How to apply?

Please send us your application in digital form via mail including the following:
1.visual material (up to 10 images, video files in addition) and short image script
3.artist's statement
4.statement of objectives
5.note with prefered term of residency

How long is the residency?

We offer three residency terms per year:
1.January – April
2.May – August
3.September – December
Please note: From time to time we also offer short-term residencies for a duration of 1 month.
If you are also interested to participate in our interim terms, please make a note in your application form. All short-term invitations are based on our current open call.

How many artists are there at the same time?

One artist or artist couple, artist groups upon agreement.

Does it cost anything?

There is no participation fee, accomodation costs are fully taken over.
Travelling and living costs are not funded. Production costs are very limited and also applied for in cooperation with each artist.

Any special conditions?

There is obligation for residence. Basic English or German communication skills are required.

Is there a grant?

Unfortunately not. Each artist is responsible for organising his own grant, but we assist each artist in acquiring additional fundings.

Is there a studio?

Yes, we offer a studio flat. Please note that our studio space is used for the introductory show during some days at the beginning of each residency.

Is there studio equipment?

Just the basic tools. A studio-owned technical equipment for artistic use does not exist, but can be arranged, free of charge with our cooperation partners (renting cameras, projectors; various workshops). To make the work as comfortable as possible, each artist should contact us in time to provide the necessary equipment well-timed.

Is there a living space?

Yes, connected to the studio space, fully furnished with bathroom, kitchen/living area and bedroom with phone access and internet/W-LAN.

How to find us

Künstlerresidenz BLUMEN
Kolonnadenstr. 20
04109 Leipzig, Germany

orientation points and tram stations:
Thomaskirche, Neues Rathaus (New Town-Hall), Westplatz or Gottschedstraße

We are located in Leipzig's Kolonnaden Quarter, right west of downtown, in a family-like and multicultural street having an architectural mixture including houses of the Wilhelminian time as well as blocks from the 1980's experimental prefabrication. To the gallery of Kunstverein Leipzig, where the final residency shows are take place, it's only a stone's throw away.
Important cultural and educational-political institutions, e.g. the Gallery of Contemporary Art (gfzk), the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB), the Academy of Music and Theatre (HMT), the Museum of Fine Arts and institutes of University of Leipzig with its main library are all in near distance as well as the municipal parkways from where you can reach the local lakes in 30 minutes by bike. Because of our city location you reach easily the west and south quarters like the popular neighbourhoods Plagwitz with its Spinnerei area or Südvorstadt/Connewitz. Even from the main train station you reach us in 10 minutes by feet, passing through the inner-city.



phone: +49 – (0) 341 – 222 88 93