Exhibition Funding

AY MI HIJA NO ES FÀCIL | Elena Alonso Fernández: El pomo de Ketchup, 2017; © Elena Alonso Fernández | 18.-28.01.2018, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Santiago de Cuba
JONGSUK YOON: Gang San | Jongsuk Yoon: Gang San, 2018; © Nils Clauss | 23.01.–11.02.2018, Art Sonje Center, Seoul
FEHRAS PUBLISHING PRACTICES: Disapperances - Apperarances | Kenan Darwich, Omar Nicolas, Sami Rustom: Artist Book "When the Library Was Stolen", 2018; © Fehras Publishing Practices | 21.02.-06.03.2018, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut
WORLD OF MATTER - LANDRUSH | Frauke Huber, Uwe H. Martin: LandRush – Dry West, ongoing, since 2011, Minneapolis, 2017; © Frauke Huber & Uwe H. Martin | 14.09.-09.12.2017, Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
EAST AFRICA ART BIENNALE (EASTAFAB)  | Klaus Hartmann: Along the new Road #1, pencil, crayon and oil paint, 43,5 x 56 cm, 2017; © Klaus Hartmann | 02.11. – 28.02.2018, East Africa Biennale, Kigali
THOMAS RUFF: Photographs 1979-2017 | Thomas Ruff: Porträt (Stadtbäumer), 1988; © Thomas Ruff | 26.09.2017 – 21.01.2018, Whitechapel Gallery, London
6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art | Thessaloniki, 2017; © Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art | 25.09.2017-08.01.2018, Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art - Costakis Collection, Thessaloniki
BIENNALE DE LUBUMBASHI 2017 | Lubumbashi, 2017; © Biennale de Lubumbashi 2017 | 07.10.-12.11.2017, Biennale de Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi
FRESH WINDS INTERNATIONAL ART BIENNALE (ICELAND BIENNALE) 2017/2018 | supported German artist Franziska Fennert: Detail Tired of the me or Act of Diplomacy, computer embroidered patches, second hand shirts, polyester fabric, threads, stainless steel, vari

The ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) supports exhibitions abroad by contemporary German artists or artists with residence in Germany for at least 5 years. Funding can be applied for transport, artists’ travelling expenses and technical equipment if required for the presentation.

Funding principles

Target groups

  • contemporary German artists or artists with residence in Germany for at least 5 years

What we can do

Financial contributions are made for

  • transport costs
  • artists' travelling expenses
  • technical equipment if required for the presentation of the exhibition


  • High standards of artistic quality
  • Invitation / inquiry by a non-commercial foreign exhibition institution (not a private gallery). Projects clearly situated in a non-commercial context.
  • Considerable achievements in its own right by the foreign institution concerned.
  • Submission of an application implies acceptance of the funding principles and requirements defined in this document.

Application material

  • A fully completed application
  • Pictorial material (e.g. catalogues or photographs) of current and / or former artistic works (illustrative material on CD or DVD cannot be considered, only for projects where it is necessary e. g. video work)
  • 3 estimates each for travel expenses, for costs of transport and for lease costs of technical equipment 
  • CV of any artists funding is applied for
  • Written invitation from the foreign institution
  • Written information about the exhibition institution 

Notice: The application material may be submitted in German or English.

Press and publicity work

An electronic version of the ifa logo will be mailed to the applicants. The logo must be highlighted on any media material (print media, internet etc.) relating to the funded project. Furthermore, the ifa logo has to be published in the exhibition rooms of the project clearly relating to the respective artwork. 
Any funded project is published in our annual report and at our website; i.e. a regular mutual exchange of information between subsidized artists and ifa is therefore an important pillar of the entire funding procedure. In that context, it is important to send images of the funded projects with legal rights for publishing to ifa as early as possible.

Applications dates

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

The date of the postmark applies

Only entirely completed applications submitted on schedule 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
Ingrid Klenner
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart
Phone +49.711.2225.171
Fax +49.711.2225.194

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

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