Artist Meets Archive Open Call

Artist Meets Archive Open Call

Artist Meets Archive is the central program of the International Photoszene Köln, which focuses on the artistic exploration of photography in the context of archives.
Every two years, we invite artists from all over the world to Cologne to get to know a diverse and historic photographic tradition in the city’s archives, collections and depots and to develop a new work from it. And to present this to a broad public the following year during the Photoszene Festival, which takes place throughout the city of Cologne. 
For the fourth edition of the Artist Meets Archive program in 2024/2025, there will be an Open Call for the first time, to which interested artists from the field of photography can apply. 
Save the Date: Application start is January 5, 2024


2024: Residency

The artists’ research stays are planned for a maximum of one month at a time or can take place in several shorter visits to the houses. The residency will take place in summer 2024 and will be scheduled according to the living and logistical situation of the participating artists. During the residency, the artist will be supervised by the host institution, which will also grant access to the archive. Photoszene Köln organizes travel and accommodation and creates a network among the participants and in the city purely through artist talks, archive visits and excursions.

2025: Exhibition

The artists can present and showcase the results of their work in the form of an exhibition as part of the Photoszene Festival from May 2025. The exhibition projects will be shown at the institutions themselves and/or at associated locations and will be on display for at least 6 weeks. They will be ceremonially opened together on May 9, 2025. The Artist Meets Archive program will be accompanied by public event formats such as talks or symposia on the festival and will thus receive broad attention.


Announcement of the participating institutions: December 12, 2023

Submissions: January 5 to 31, 2024

Jury meetings: Beginning of February 2024

Residency period: max. 1 month in summer 2024

Exhibition period: at least 6 weeks from May 9 – June 22 2025


The following documents are required:

  • Name of the house you would like to work at (Announcement of participating Institutions by mid december)
  • Letter of motivation for the specific expression of interest addressed to the house (approx. 500-1,000 characters)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with details of place of birth, residence and education
  • Artistic statement with portfolio of past work and/or an expressive website
  • Catalogs, brochures, etc. can be submitted by mail to Internationale Photoszene Köln gUG, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne (not obligatory).
  • Postal submissions can NOT be returned.

What will the artist receive?

  • Travel and accommodation costs will be covered or reimbursed by Photoszene.
  • The artist will receive an artist fee of 2 x € 1,500 in the residency year and a further fee of € 1,500 in 2025. Altogether that makes € 4,500 in 2024/2025 (Collectives consisting of several persons must share the fee).
  • The participating institutions grant the artists access to the archive or to selected parts of the archive/collection.
  • An exhibition during Photoszene-Festival 2025

Do you have questions? Please send an email to:

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