The sustainable institution artist residency

the sustainable institution artist residency is an opportunity for creative practitioners to produce new solutions in the fight against climate change and mitigate the environmental burden of exhibition making. 

the sustainable institution is calling all creative practitioners including artists, architects, design studios and scientists to develop material or immaterial prototypes for sustainable exhibition making in the fight against climate change. 

We are looking for ideas that will transform the current unsustainable landscape of institutional operations, which could manifest as a pragmatic design solution or experimental action. While not exhaustive, your proposal could be for a performance, activist intervention, manifesto, food concept, furniture design, functional sculpture, biomaterial, waste management solution, de-growth process, curatorial strategy or digital application.

If we choose your idea, we will help you develop it remotely for six months, and then you will go to one of three places (Germany, France or Lithuania) for six weeks in spring 2024 to produce your work.


Three creative practitioners will be selected to develop a prototype for sustainable exhibition making with a grant of 20.000 EUR. The grant is intended to provide support towards the research and development of a prototype, an early sample, model or idea of a concept or process towards sustainable exhibition making. Each successful applicant will be mentored by the jury over a six month research and development period, with a studio at their respective institution between March–April 2024.

Downloadable PDFs: Application and Submission Guidelines

Open call deadline: 2 June 2023, 23:59 CET.

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