Artists' Contacts

"Facing India" | Exhibition | 29.04. – 07.10.2018 | Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg | Photo Prajakta Potnis CAPSULE I 2012 Digitaldruck auf Stoff, Aluminiumleuchtkasten und Leuchtmittel, 182 x 304 x 12 cm © Courtesy of the artist and Project 88, Mumbai
"Luddities_Maschinenstürmer" Researchtrip | 26.01.-07.02.2018. Photo © K. Schroedinger 2018 Researchtrip Kerstin Schroedinger Contemporary Image Collective, Kairo
“GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von”, Exhibition | Juni 2017. Photo: Roger Williams © Marina Ussat
„House of Wisdom“, Group Exhibition | 29.04.-23.05.2017. Photo: Exhibition View © Esen Küçüktütüncü
“equalizer” Artist-in-Residence, Workshop, Symposium, Vortrag | 05.08.-06.09.2017. Photo © Regina Magdalena Sebald
“Songs of a melting Iceberg – Displaced without Moving”, Workshop | November 2016 – November 2017. Photo:  Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe GULA © John Hogg, 2017
“Actual Territories – Beyond Desire” Artist-in-Residency, Workshop, Symposium, Research | 07.06.-06.07.2017. Photo: Women’s Choir, Bishkek, 18.Juli 2017 © Verena Kyselka
“Canakkale Art Walk 2017: Homeland” Exhibition Project | 06.06.-06.08.2017. Photo: Halil Altındere, “Köfte Airlines”, 2016, Courtesy Halil Altindere und Pilot Gallery, Istanbul
„Saas-Fee Somerinstitut Berlin“, Symposium | 03.07-27.07.2017. Photo:  Julieta Elena González Gorrìn © SFSIA

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
  • 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.

Application 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

August 15, 2018

Frequently asked questions



Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Fine Arts Department
Jochen Hetterich
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)