The Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Foundation supports international artists and authors by organizing an Artist-in-Residence program. Grant holders are able to focus on their work without time or financial pressure.

Ecosystem Künstlerdorf - Learning from Nature
1. März — 31. Juli 2022

Triggered by the climate crisis and social and geopolitical developments, established structures are increasingly being called into question.


The Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen deals with questions of an alternative corporate culture related to its residency program. In doing so, interior and exterior space are considered together and aspects of more sustainable and fairer cycles of resources are included. During the project, a vernacular kitchen garden will be created, a connection to the program design will be established and a guideline with policies about mobility, the use of resources and the temporary communities located in the Künstlerdorf will be developed.


As part of this process, we invited visual artist Yoeri Guépin who has been working with gardens as artistic and social medium, to intervene in the ecosystem of the Künstlerdorf. “Drawing connections between current and past functions of the Künstlerdorf, I aim to initiate novel ecosystems that shape and operate both inside and outside the infrastructure for art. Gardens are able to form communities around plant species, facilitating long lasting structures for care, (un)learning and reveal our co-dependencies with other organisms.”


In April and May 2022, the fellows Ona Juciūtė, Nolwenn Salaün, Agata Szymanek and Evangelia Spiliopoulou (virtual participation) will expand the project with their artistic perspectives and individual experiences.



The project takes place in cooperation with the Horstmar Schöppingen Secondary School and the Research Transfer Office (AFO) of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and is funded by the Regional Culture Program of the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW, the Kultursekretariat Gütersloh and the Friends of the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen.
The mobility grants are funded by i-Portunus Houses. The i-Portunus Houses pilot scheme is implemented, on behalf of the European Commission. Coordinated by the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), the i-Portunus Houses consortium involves MitOst (Berlin) and the Kultura Nova Foundation (Zagreb).


The Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen shows solidarity with the people of Ukraine and those who had to leave their country because of the war.


As a concrete aid measure, we are joining the „Kultur hilft Kultur“ campaign initiated by the NRW Culture Council and accompanied and supported by the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science. This makes a culture-specific contribution to help artists and cultural workers from Ukraine with opportunities for cultural life. Free apartments and studios including a monthly grant are now available for this purpose in the Künstlerdorf.


We are also in close contact with the municipality of Schöppingen regarding further housing needs. The district government of Münster has announced that it will “temporarily reactivate the state’s former central accommodation facility (ZUE) in Schöppingen for the exclusive admission of war refugees from Ukraine. Subject to necessary furnishing and repair work, the state facility will be ready for occupancy again from the fourth week of March and will then be able to accommodate between 300 and 400 people, depending on the family composition of the war refugees.”

installation: Stefanie Manhillen, photo: Seweryn Zelazny
installation: Gili Avissar, photo: Meike Reiners
Current Fellows

Visual Arts

Sophia Bauer, Federico Clavarino, Gina Dargan, Danny Daoud, Verena Friedrich, Bethan Hughes, Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah, Ona Juciūtė, Franziska Klose, Lucila Mayol Pohl, Anna Melnykova, Gil Mualem-Doron, Alina Nosow, Sebastian, Roitter Pavez, Nolwenn Salaün, Evangelia Spiliopoulou, Catharina Szonn, Agata Szymanek, Kai-Hendrik Windeler



Feliz Anne Macahis, Mert Morali, Eiko Tsukamoto

Current Fellows


Janhavi Acharekar, Natalja Althauser, Kerstin Becker, Louis Bertony, Marian Bull, Grashina Gabelmann, Neïtah Janzing, Azadeh Karami, Christina Kettering, Myriam Khouri, Ilija Matusko, Jamie McGhee, Mia Raben, Vera Vorneweg, Luna Thadwell




The Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Foundation awards around 40 residency grants in the fields of visual arts, literature and experimental composition each year. A total of around 800 artists and authors have been fellows since the Künstlerdorf was founded in 1989. The grants are linked to a stay in the Künstlerdorf which can last between two and six months each. They are open for application without any restrictions in regards to nationality or age. Grant holders are selected by expert juries, which are organized on a rotating basis.


The program of the Künstlerdorf offers opportunies to gain insights into artistic processes and to have a personal exchange with the fellow artists, writers and musicians. In addition to the ongoing events, the Künstlerdorf organizes the annual curator’s program CAP, with the aim of developing contemporary strategies and structures for artistic productions and to negotiate implementation issues.


Residencies of the year, the ongoing program and the curatorial project are documented in our annual publicaton. Artist’s editions are made to support the work of the Künstlerdorf.


In order to facilitate the exchange of grant holders beyond their residency, the alumni program offers the option of visiting the Künstlerdorf as a guest or to participate in later projects. This option is available by arrangement or by invitation.