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OPEN CALL                                               

As part of its Artist-in-Residence programme, the MuseumsQuartier invites international artists to apply for a two-month residency in a residential studio on the MuseumsQuartier site.

This call is aimed at visual artists whose work focuses on art and ecology.


Who is the programme aimed at?
Visual artists who deal with ecological themes in their work. 

Duration of the residency:

  • two months at a time
  • possible periods: Oct + Nov 2023 / Jan + Feb 2024 / Mar + Apr 2024 / May + Jun 2024 / Jul + Aug 2024 / Sept + Oct 2024 / Nov + Dec 2024

Services of the MuseumsQuartier Wien:

  • provision of a residential studio for the duration of the stay; the MQ studios are studio flats, not workshops. The studios are located directly on the MuseumsQuartier premises
  • to cover the costs of maintenance, the artist will be provided with € 1,300 per month of residence stay
  • travel allowance: € 300,- for travellers from EU countries, € 500,- for travellers from non-EU countries
  • networking events with other artists-in-residence and local cultural practitioners
  • networking meetings with representatives of the local art scene
  • support in establishing contacts with the MuseumsQuartier and other (cultural) institutions in Vienna
  • talk and presentation opportunities during the residency period in coordination and cooperation with the curatorial team of the MQ

Services of the Artist-in-Residence:

  • self-organisation of travel to and from the residency
  • self-organisation of the visa (The invited artists will receive an official letter of invitation, but must take care of acquiring a valid residence permit for Austria for the duration of the residency; the selected artists are requested to submit this no later than one month before the start of the residency)
  • presentation of your work at an event
  • documentation of the stay after the end of the residence
  • at least 80% of the residency period is compulsory
  • the applicant must provide his/her own travel and health insurance


The submission documents (English or German) consist of the following parts:

  • letter of motivation for the MQ Artist-in-Residence Art&Ecology Studio
  • biography (max. 2 pages)
  • project proposal, presenting the artistic work; optional links to websites, video or audio links, press etc. (max. 15 pages, max. 10 MB)

The deadline for submission of all documents is June 11, 2023 (23:59, CET).

Incomplete documents or submissions after the deadline cannot be considered.
The Residencies will be awarded by the MuseumsQuartier curatorial team and announced via email by mid-July. 

General questions about the programme and submission:
Elisabeth Hajek, Curator MQ,


The MuseumsQuartier sees itself as a place of cultural diversity, experimentation, action and mediation. It is one of the world's largest contemporary cultural areas and offers around 4.5 million visitors a year a dense programme of art and culture.
Built in the centre of Vienna’s Baroque imperial court stables, the MuseumsQuartier has expanded to include impressive contemporary buildings where it houses museums, cultural institutions and exhibition spaces on an area of around 90,000 m². The spectrum ranges from fine art, architecture, music, fashion, theatre, dance, literature, children's culture, game culture and street art to photography and design. A diverse public art programme with installations, sculptures, festival formats and concerts in the open spaces expands the area's offerings.
With the slogan "MQ goes Green", the MuseumsQuartier defines central challenges and goals for a climate-neutral cultural area. This is reflected both in measures for resource-saving operation and in artistic projects. The new MQ RESIDENCY - ART & ECOLOGY is also located in this context.

The MuseumsQuartier's international Artist-in-Residence programme, which is realised in cooperation with partners, has been offering around 60 international artists the opportunity to live and work in the MuseumsQuartier every year since 2002, to further develop their artistic projects and to get to know the local art and cultural scene. The aim of the artist-in-residence programme is also to continuously stimulate the art and cultural scene in the Austrian capital with external and new impulses and to promote exchange by involving international artists.

© MuseumsQuartier Wien, Photo: Udo Titz

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