Passage Art in Residence Program

For the two ‘Passage Shorts’ residencies in July 2024, the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. and the Polygona Kunstverein e.V. – in cooperation with the Naturpark Dübener Heide, the Ferropolis Stiftung and the partners of the splash! and MELT music festivals – are looking forward to receiving applications from national and international artists from the fields of photography and film. The two ‘Passage Shorts’ residencies will take place during the music festivals

  • splash! (04-06 July 2024) and
  • MELT (11-13 July 2024)

One place is available per festival.

Under the theme ‘Status Landscape’, the residencies are intended to enable an examination of the current state of the landscape using the example of the Dübener Heide, a nature park in eastern Germany. The two ‘Passage Shorts’ residencies will take place in Ferropolis. Ferropolis is an industrial museum and event venue located on a peninsula in Lake Gremmin, which was created from the former Golpa-Nord open-cast mine after coal mining ended in the 1990s. Ferropolis is located in the immediate surroundings of the town of Gräfenhainichen in Saxony-Anhalt and is now the setting for major music festivals, among other activities. The two ‘Passage Shorts’ residencies are intended to enable artists to photographically document the contemporary use of the former open-cast mining area Golpa-Nord during the music festivals splash! and MELT on site in Ferropolis. We are looking for applications from artists who would like to:

  • explore new themes in the context of ‘Status Landschaft’ during ‘Passage Shorts’ residencies
  • who use the residency to continue long-term photographic projects on post-mining landscapes – here using the example of the Dübener Heide

The two ‘Passage Shorts’ residencies are part of KOBRA. The KOBRA (KOntinuitäten, BRüche, Ausblicke) project is part of the funding programme “Aller.Land – zusammen gestalten. Strukturen stärken.“ The programme is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). The programme partner is the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs (BMI). Aller.Land is part of the Federal Rural Development and Regional Value Creation Programme (BULE plus). Further information: KOBRA

The funding includes:

  • the arrangement and assumption of the costs for accommodation in the Dübener Heide or accommodation on the campsite of the respective festival splash! from 4th to 7 th July 2024 and MELT from 11th to 14th July 2024 up to an amount of 200,00 EUR
  • ticket and photo pass for the respective festival splash! or MELT
  • travel expenses for travelling to and from the festival up to a maximum of 300,00 EUR
  • a one-off grant of 300,00 EUR

Proof of expenses is provided in the form of an invoice to be submitted by the artists to Polygona Kunstverein e.V. and includes all taxes and duties that may be payable by the artists. Polygona Kunstverein e.V. supports the artists on site in organisational and content-related matters. All other costs, e.g. for materials, are to be covered by the artists themselves.


Applications must be submitted informally by email to info[at] by 16th June 2024. Applications can be submitted in German or English. Required information for the application are Surname, first name, a valid email address. In addition, the following information must be attached to the email in one pdf (max. 15 MB):

  • the festival for which the application is being submitted (splash! or MELT)
    artistic curriculum vitae
    planned work project during the ‘Passage Shorts’ residency (max. 2000 characters)
    meaningful work samples

Data protection

All data in connection with the applications will be stored by the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. and Polygona Kunstverein e.V. for the purpose of organising the judging and will be passed on to the members of the jury. The data will be deleted within four weeks of the end of the judging process. The names and countries of origin of the applicants will be stored permanently for statistical purposes only. This storage can be cancelled at any time by sending an email to info[at] By submitting the documents required for the application, applicants agree to this data protection policy.


We support and promote a sustainable stay for the ‘Passage Shorts’ artists in residence. In concrete terms, this means for us:

  • recommending that the artists in residence travel to and from the venue by public transport and also encouraging them to use public transport to get around the venue
  • to be able to provide 2 bicycles for the duration of the residency stay
  • when renting accommodation, we ensure that the accommodation is resource-friendly
  • the purchase of locally produced food by providing information.

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