Artists' Contacts

NUESTRO BARRIO, artist residency und research exchange | Berlin 30.07 – 22.08.2016 | Mexico: 01.09 – 30.09.2016 © Jacopo Gallitto
DRIFTING SOCIALLY, SLIPPING AESTHETICALLY. Susanna Gyulamiryan, Hovnan Kartashyan, Armine Hovhannisyan, Samvel Vanoyan | 30.08.–12.09.2016; БüKü, Leipzig and ACSL, Jerewan; photo: Women's Flagg; © photo: Armine Hovhannisyan
END MORAINE 25… AND THE QUEER WORLD IS STILL ROTATING. Varsha Nair | 10.06. – 07.08.2016; exhibition, symposium, lecture; Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus; photo: Barbara Müller: Geteilter Raum; © photo: Ka Bomhardt
ökoRAUSCH Think Tank Istanbul. Dunja Karabaic, Tatjana Krischik, Isabel Oestreich, Anika Pape, Lenka Petzold, and others | 01.06.–30.09.2016; Design and Innovation Initiative for Sustainability, Istanbul; photo: Eco Design Forum; © Georg Valerius
SPACES – PERCEPTION. REFLECTION. INTERVENTION. Engy Aly | 01.08. – 31.08.2016 Artist-in-Residence, Workshop | 27.08. – 16.10.2016 Ausstellung, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst; Foto: Engy Aly: What's Mine Is Not Yours, 2015; © Engy Aly
RADIO REVOLTEN 2 – International Radio Art Festival. Rodrigo Rios Zunino, Fernando Godoy, Rodolpho Bartolini Junior, Rogerio Krepski, Leandro Nerefuh | 01.10. – 30.10.2016; Halle/Saale; Foto: Meanwhile in Shanghai, © photo: Andrea Toft
ROMPEFLASCHE. Carolina Pérez Pallares | Exhibition opening: 08.09.2016; Centro de Arte Contemporaneo (CAC), Quito; photo: Rompeflasche, © Carolina Pérez Pallares
THE BENIN COASTAL SOCIAL-ECO-SYSTEM NEEDS YOU. Workshop | 24.06. – 03.07.2016; Togbin Plage, Route des Pêches, Cotonou; photo: farmers, who will lose their land cut down palm trees, Togbin Plage; © photo: Stephan Köhler
9th BERLIN BIENNALE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART. Halil Altindere, CUSS Group, GCC, Guan Xiao | 04.06. – 18.09.2016; photo: DIS, curatorial team of the 9th Berlin Biennale; © photo: Sabine Reitmaier

The Artists’ Contact programme of ifa supports projects in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, design, photography and media art. The focus is on the exchange and substantive cooperation between German actors and cultural practitioners from transition and developing countries. It subsidizes working stays as well as working tours.

Funding principles

Target groups

  • artists
  • curators
  • art educators
  • art theoreticians
  • architects
  • designers

from developing and emerging countries and German applicants as well as applicants who have been living in Germany for at least five years.

Please note: Projects by students cannot be supported

What we can do

The ifa can make a financial contribution to travel and subsistence expenses for applicants in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, design, photography and media art

  • travelling from developing and emerging countries to Germany (exhibitions, performances, artist-in-residence programmes, workshops, working tours, international events such as symposia, conferences and lectures).
  • travelling from Germany to developing and emerging countries (performances, artist-in-residence programmes, workshops, working tours, international events such as symposia, conferences and lectures).


  • High standards of artistic quality
  • The project may not be realized in a commercial context (e.g. not in a private gallery)
  • Co‐operation between German and foreign persons engaged in the cultural sector in terms of art and content is an important funding aspect
  • Considerable achievements in its own right by the institution concerned
  • Submitting an application implies acceptance of the funding principles and requirements laid down in the leaflet (PDF).  

Please note:
Projects by students cannot be supported.
The ifa cannot take over any mediation role in the planning of projects.





Application material

Applications have to be submitted by mail either in German or English containing the following documents: 

  • A fully completed application form (RTF)
  • Pictorial material (catalogues or photographs) of current and former artistic works (illustrative material on CD or DVD cannot be considered, only for projects where it is necessary e. g. performances and video work)
  • The flight costs must be specified based on current air fares and during settlement offers are occupied (if necessary conversion to Euros and translation in German or English).
  • CVs of all participants funding is applied for
  • Written invitation from the exhibition institution
  • Written information about the exhibition institution (e. g. financing)

Only entirely completed applications will be considered.

Selection procedure

An expert panel will assess all applications. There is no legal claim to the allocation of funding. The decision will be conveyed to the applicant in writing without stating reasons.

Applications dates

  • 31 January (spring committee) for projects in the current year
  • 15 August (autumn committee) for projects in the following year

The postmark is valid. Only entirely completed applications submitted on schedule by mail will be admitted to the meetings of the expert panel. Applications received after the filing deadline will not be considered. The material can be submitted either in German or English.

Documents at a Glance

Next application deadline

January 31, 2017

Frequently asked questions



Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Fine Arts Department
Dorothea Grassmann
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart
Phone +49.711.2225.170
Fax +49.711.2225.194

Office hours for consultation and information Monday through Friday from 10 to 12 a.m. (exceptions on appointment)