Open call for artists for the NordArt 2018
NordArt 2018: 9 June – 7 October 2018
Deadline for applications: 30 November 2017 - has expired
Kunstwerk Carlshütte is a non-profit cultural initiative and organizes an annual art exhibition NordArt, taking place since 1999, with about 200 selected artists from all over the world. As an internationally established forum for cultural education and exchange, the NordArt has dedicated itself to the task of enhancing mutual understanding through the language of art. Year after year, the exhibition designed by Chief Curator Wolfgang Gramm redefines itself anew, setting new priorities. NordArt ranks among the largest exhibitions of contemporary art in Europe. The vast aisles of the historic iron foundry serve as its stage, with their 22,000 square meters of floor space and the adjacent 80,000 square meters’ large sculpture park. Interacting with the impressive scenery of the industrial architecture the art works develop their own unique atmosphere, taking visitors on an incomparable world trip through art.
Since 2012, NordArt has been focusing on a country with its own pavilion, and cooperates with embassies, cultural institutions and curators from different countries.
For an impression of the exhibition site visit the virtual tour.
Application for Participation:
The deadline for applications is 30 November 2017
The application for participation in the NordArt is preferably online.
Alternatively, applications can be submitted by post or by e-mail.
There are no registration fees.
Online application in 3 steps:
1. Fill text fields with personal data and upload artist Resume (Word or PDF file).
2. Select field (painting, sculpture, installation, photo, etc.). Multiple selection possible.
If you are applying also for the NordArt Symposium in May, please select „yes“ and upload the description of the project (Word or PDF file). Find below information about the NordArt-Symposium.
3. . Upload images of artworks, which could be shown at NordArt: up to 10 files (1 MB max single file, formats: JPG, GIF, PNG, PDF), fill text fields with information. Field „web link“: link for video work or image file.
After the „submit“ a confirmation of entry and information is sent to your email address automatically. All personal data from your application will be used only for internal purposes and will not be provided to third parties.
Alternative: Application documents by post or by E-Mail:
1. Application form
2. Artist Resume (Vita)
3. Photos of approx. 10 art works, which could be shown at NordArt. Please label all photos with the title, year of origin, technique, and size. Optional documents: own catalogues. Exponates for NordArt can be marked in the catalog. Please do not send any originals.
Please send the documents by 30 November 2017 at the latest (postmark)
Postal Address: Kunstwerk Carlshütte, NordArt office, Am Ahlmannkai, 24782 Büdelsdorf, Germany
Selection of artists:
Selection of artists takes place by the end of February 2018 by a jury. The jury is made up of curators, artists, an art historian, and the supervisory board and management. A list of the invited artists will be published online on our homepage by the beginning of March 2018. Additionally, all invited artists will be informed via E-Mail or post and asked to confirm their participation and to send the documents for the catalogue. Thank you for your understanding that those artists who will not be invited for NordArt 2018 will not be informed separately.
Delivery address and other information:
The works selected by the jury must be delivered to the following address:
Kunstwerk Carlshütte, NordArt, Vorwerksallee 3, 24782 Büdelsdorf, Germany, until the 21 of April 2018
The artists are responsible for the transportation of their art works, including international freight, to and from the exhibition site. The logos of the official supporters will be published in the catalogue, on the exhibition boards and on the homepage of NordArt. All delivered art works will be insured subject to the general insurance conditions from the time of delivery to the time of collection.
There are no registration fees.
Installation of art works is made by the team of NordArt (Exceptional cases installation by artist).
The exhibited works can be offered for sale. We will pass on the details of potential buyer. The exhibited works remain at NordArt until the end of the exhibition. The Kunstwerk Carlshütte is a non-profit organization and does not charge any commission.
A catalogue in DIN A4 format (29,7 cm x 21 cm), in German/English, is produced for the exhibition with one page per artist. The digital photos and text on each of the participating artists is requested when the jury’s invitation is sent out and must be supplied by E-Mail within 10 days. Please refer to the following link for examples: www.nordart.de/die-kuenstler.html All participating artists receive a free copy of the catalogue.
Opening ceremony and general opening times:
Official Pre-Opening with invited guests: Friday 8 June 2018
Public Opening ceremony: Saturday 9 June 2018
Opening times: till 7 October 2018, Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
The NordArt-Prize worth 10.000 Euro is being sponsored by Hans-Julius and Johanna Ahlmann (ACO Group) since 2010. Each year one artist is awarded with the aim to support the art and culture scene. The awardee will be announced during "The Long Night of the Lights" in September and is invited to participate again in the following NordArt. The award ceremony will then take place at the opening of the following NordArt.
Public Choice Award:
The visitors of NordArt can vote for their favorite artist. The Public Choice Award will be awarded during "The Long Night of the Lights" in mid-September. All votes will be counted in the week before the announcement. The three winning artists will be informed and invited to the prize-giving ceremony. Each award is worth 1.000 Euro. The three winners are invited to participate again in next year’s NordArt.
Each year the exhibition is preceded by the international NordArt Symposium. Approximately 10 artists are invited to attend the symposium and create large works (sculpture, installation, painting) for the current NordArt. The participants of the symposium are provided with materials, a workplace, accommodation, food and travel cost support. The work created remains the property of the artist and will be exhibited at NordArt for at least two years. If you wish to attend the symposium, please mark the "Symposium" box in the application form. For this application, we require a project description with details on the materials and dimensions, estimated time required, photos with examples of works.