Exhibition Funding

Through the Exhibition Funding programme, artists receive support for the implementation of international exhibition projects in collaboration with public museums, cultural institutions and galleries. The programme is open to contemporary German artists and artists with at least five years of residency in Germany who have received an explicit invitation for an exhibition project abroad. Whether for a solo or group exhibition, participation in an international exhibition project or biennial abroad, this programme provides artists with financial support. International museums and other institutions planning an exhibition project with German artists or artists living in Germany can also apply for the funding.

What does the funding include?

The person sponsored receives financial support for transport costs, travel and accommodation expenses as well as for rental costs of technical equipment necessary for the exhibition.

What are the requirements?

  • The artist must have received an invitation by a foreign exhibition institution.
  • The project will take place in a non-commercial context. The sale of the work is not envisioned.
  • The foreign institution hosting the exhibition yields, to a large extent, a financial and otherwise personal contribution.
  • The project must present work of high-quality.

Exclusionary criteria for the application

  • Invitations from private galleries are not permitted.
  • Artists who live in Germany but who do not have German citizenship may not receive sponsorship in their respective countries of origin. 
  • A completed project or a project that has already begun before being accepted by the Exhibition Funding programme cannot be funded retrospectively. Expenses incurred prior to being accepted cannot be redeemed with the funding.
  • Student exhibition projects are not permitted. Please refer to DAAD for these kinds of funding opportunities.

Application in four steps

  1. Request access to the online application via the digital application system.
  2. Open the link sent in the email and create an online application.
  3. Fill out the application (Interim storage possible).
  4. Submit the application online, then print out the application and send it to ifa by post with all

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Exhibition Funding
Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart

What application documents are required?

  • Invitation from the foreign exhibition institution.
  • Description of the exhibition institution (500 to 800 characters including spaces).
  • List of exhibitions by the artist. Applications from museums and institutions must include a list of exhibitions for all of the artists for which funding is requested.
  • Visual material in print form (for instance catalogue, photos) of the project to be funded and/or of previous artistic work. Sound and video work can be inserted as a link in the digital application system under point 6 or saved on electronic media and sent by post along with the rest of the application documents.
  • Three cost estimates each for travel and transport expenses and, if applicable, for the cost of renting technical equipment for the presentation of the exhibition.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for projects as of June of the same year.
  • 15 August for projects in the following year.

The date of postmark is applicable. Applications received after the filing deadline will not be considered.

What happens after applying?

All applicants will receive written confirmation or rejection within two months of the submission of their application. Recourse to legal action is out of question.


Ingrid Klenner

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.22.25.171
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