Exhibition Funding

The Exhibition Funding Programme supports international exhibition projects in public museums, cultural institutions and galleries abroad. The programme is open to contemporary German artists and artists with at least five years of residency in Germany. Funding is available for solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, participation in an international exhibition project or a biennial abroad.

The current "Corona Notes" can be found here.

Whom Is the Programme Designed for?

  • The program exhibition funding abroad is meant to subsidize, under given preconditions exhibition projects outside Germany. Applications can be made for projects by German artists and by artists who have been a resident in Germany for a minimum of 5 years. Appropriate evidence, e.g. registration certificate, required.
  • Funding refers to single exhibitions, group exhibitions, participations in exhibition projects with a multinational focus as well as participations in international biennials, provided that they take place in the scope of public museums, non-commercial galleries, art associations etc.
  • For applications to biennials or group exhibitions with the participation of several artists, we only accept one overall application for all German or participating artists from Germany. If this is not possible, please contact us.

Application Deadlines

  • 31 January 2022 for projects as of June of the same year.
  • 15 August  2022 for projects in the following year.

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

The Application in 4 Steps

  1. Request access to the online application via the 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:

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

What Application Documents Are Required

  • Invitation from the foreign exhibiting institution.
  • General information about the exhibiting institution.
  • CV and list of exhibitions for all artists for which funding is requested.
  • Visual material sound and video work of the project to be funded and/or of previous artistic work.
  • Three cost estimates each for travel and transport expenses and for the rental costs of technical equipment for the presentation of the exhibition, if applicable.

All application documents can be uploaded in the upload area of the application.
It is not necessary to send these application documents to us by post.

What Happens After Applying?

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

Funded Projects

Tent-like, roundish room completely lined with colourful foils.
22. May2021-21. November2021

17th Venice International Architecture Biennale

ExhibitionArsenale and GiardiniVenice
29. July2021-17. April2022


Exhibition​Brooklyn Bridge ParkNew York
08. September2021-21. November2021

11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale

Exhibition​Seoul Museum of ArtSeoul
Three pink tables in a pink room. On it are boxes with small plant sculptures and watering cans.
10. September2021-30. January2022

Thomas Demand. Mirror Without Memory

ExhibitionGarage Museum of Contemporary ArtMoscow
Installation made of straw and wood.
18. September2021-14. November2021

Olaf Holzapfel: PFLANZENWERK

ExhibitionMuseum of Fine ArtsChur, Switzerland
02. October2021-07. November2021


ExhibitionKapana GalleryPlovdiv, Bulgaria
02. October2021-16. January2022

Post-Capital: Art and the Economics of the Digital Age

ExhibitionMUDAM – The Contemporary Art Museum of LuxembourgLuxembourg City
13. November2021-13. February2022

The Poetry of Translation

ExhibitionMerano ArteMerano

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  • What are the funding requirements?
    • High standards of artistic quality.
    • Invitation by a non-commercial foreign exhibition institution (not a private gallery).
    • Project clearly situated in a non-commercial context.
    • Considerable achievements in its own right by the foreign institution concerned.


  • Who can apply for funding?


    The application can be made by:

    • Artists

    • Exhibition institutions

    • Curators

    • In case of applications for biennials or group exhibitions with participation of several German or German artists, an overall application for the German contribution must be submitted. If this is not possible, please contact us.


  • Can an application be made for the expenses of curators?
    • Curators are excluded from funding.


  • Are artist-in-residence stays also supported?
    • No.

    •  It is possible that an application can be made for a subsequent exhibition, provided that it is open to the public


  • Do you also support projects for dance, theatre, film or similar?
    • No, only projects in the field of fine arts are eligible for funding.


  • Can students apply for their own planned exhibitions?
    • No, at the time of application the studies must have been completed.


  • Can I submit several applications at the same time?
    • Yes, if you are applying for funding for different projects.
    • No, if the applications refer to the same project being worked on in different countries. In this case, please submit one application only.


  • Does ifa offer further funding programs in the field of visual arts?
    • Yes, there is another funding option: The program artists‘contacts subsidize travel and work-related stays by cultural workers from developing and emerging countries who want to carry out a project in Germany.
    • Also German people working in the cultural sector or culture workers with at least 5 years of residency in Germany who are planning a project in a developing or emerging country have the opportunity to apply for funding of travel expenses and thus establish contacts and networks with developing and transition countries.
      In case an exhibition is involved in the project, the module „exhibition funding“ is mandatory for the funding procedure.


  • Can I submit an application to both Artists’ Contacts and Exhibition Funding at the same time?
    • Yes, you can submit an application to the relevant grant programme for different aspects of your project. However, you cannot apply for funding with respect to the same expenses.


  • Can I apply to other grant organisations at the same time?
    • Yes, the organisations to which you are also applying for funding must be listed under item 5.2.2 on your application.


  • To which project timeframes do the application deadlines apply?
    • Deadline: 31 January (date of postmark): Applies to projects scheduled to start in June that same year at the earliest. If we decide to fund your project, we only accept receipts dated after the date on which your application was approved. We will decide whether or not to approve your project for funding by 30 April at the latest.
    • Deadline: 15 August (date of postmark): Applies to projects scheduled to start during the first half of the following year at the earliest. If your project is scheduled to start in December of the current year with most activities happening during the following year, you may submit your application by 15 August. If we decide to fund your project, we only accept receipts dated after the date on which your application was approved. We will decide whether or not to approve your project for funding by 15 November at the latest.


  • My project started before the application deadline. Can I still apply for funding?
    • No, it is not possible to apply for funding for a project that has already started.

    • A project that started before the written acceptance can no longer be funded.


The Application Procedure

The Financing Plan

The Project Funding Flow


Ingrid Klenner

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.22.25.171

Anna Stergel

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.2225.132

Office Hours

Information and consultation, Monday through Friday from 10 to 12 a.m. or by arrangement.

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