Open call for artists for NordArt 2022
NordArt 2023: 3 June – 8 October 2023
Deadline for applications: 31 October 2022
Kunstwerk Carlshütte is a non-profit cultural initiative and has been organising the international NordArt since 1999. NordArt is one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in Europe, which is conceived anew every year. Between June and October, paintings and sculptures, photographs and installations by more than 200 selected artists (internationally renowned as well as newcomers) from all over the world come together as a monumental piece of art. Each work stands for itself and at the same time in a dialogue with the others. In synergy with the imposing backdrop, a unique atmosphere develops, inviting you on a journey of discovery.
The exhibition thrives on the different perspectives of individual cultures, but also makes it clear that East and West, South and North have many common thoughts. In order to allow deeper insights, NordArt dedicates an individual pavilion to a different country every year and also presents special projects, cooperating with embassies, cultural institutions and curators from various countries.
The principal curator of NordArt is Wolfgang Gramm. The senior curator is Inga Aru.
The exhibition grounds include the historic foundry halls of the Carlshütte with their 22,000 square metres of ground area, the charming ACO Wagenremise building and an 80,000 square metres of sculpture park. The virtual tour on our website gives you an impression of the exhibition grounds. On the YouTube NordArt channel you can find films about NordArt and its artists.
Application for participation:
Artists from all over the world can apply to take part in the exhibition. The application for participation at NordArt is preferably online. Alternatively, applications can be submitted by post or by email. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2022.
There are no application or participation fees.
The selection of artworks takes place until mid-February 2023 by a jury. A list of selected artists and special projects will be published on our website by the beginning of March 2023. All invited artists will be informed and asked to confirm their participation and to send the documents for the catalogue. The delivery of selected artworks is scheduled for the end of April.
Please note that for organisational reasons it is not possible to send a separate notification to non-selected applicants.
1. Fill out text fields with personal data and upload artist resume (Word or PDF file, max 1 MB).
2. Additional material (optional): texts, articles, reviews (Word or PDF file, max 1 MB).
3. Select field (painting, sculpture, installation, photo, etc.). Multiple selection possible.
If you would like to realise your work on site or need to carry out the installation personally, please select "Artist in Residence" and upload your project description (Word or PDF file, max 1 MB).
Information about the "Artist in Residence" can be found below.
4. Upload images of artworks, which could be shown at NordArt: up to 10 files (max 1MB each / JPG, GIF, PNG or PDF), fill text fields with information. Field „web link“: link for video work or image file. After the „submit“, a confirmation of receipt will automatically be sent to your e-mail address.
The recording of data through this form takes place at the explicit request of the artist and serves the exclusive purpose of establishing contact between the artist and NordArt. The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to all further processing of the data.
Alternative: application documents by post or by email:
1. Application form (PDF) – please download and fill out
2. Artist resume (curriculum vitae)
3. Images of max. 10 artworks which could be shown at NordArt. Please label all images with title, year of origin, technique and size – in the file name or with extra document.
Optional: additional information and own catalogues. Works for NordArt can also be marked in the catalogue. Please do not send any original artworks.
The return of application documents is not possible
Please send the documents by 31 October 2022 at the latest (postmark).
Kunstwerk Carlshütte – NordArt Office
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Selection of artists:
The artists will be selected by a jury by mid-February 2023. The jury is made up of curators, artists, an art historian and the supervisory board.
All invited artists will be informed by email or post and asked to confirm their participation and send the documents for the catalogue.
A list of the invited artists will be published on our website in early March 2023.
Thank you for understanding that the artists who could not be selected will not receive a separate notification.
Delivery of the artworks and other information:
The artworks selected by the jury must be delivered until 21 April 2023 to the following address:
Artists are responsible for transportation of their art works, including international freight, to and from the exhibition site. The logos of the official supporters of the artists will be published in the catalogue, on the exhibition boards and on the website of NordArt.
All delivered artworks will be insured to the general insurance conditions from the time of delivery to the time of collection (by the end of October 2023).
The installation of the artworks is carried out by the NordArt team (if required, by the artist).
The transport boxes and packaging will be stored at NordArt and reused after the exhibition.
The exhibited artworks may be offered for sale. NordArt is a non-profit exhibition and does not charge any commission. We will pass on the details of potential purchasers to the artists, who send the invoice directly to the purchasers. The sold artworks are ready for collection by purchasers after the end of the exhibition.
The exhibition catalogue will be printed bilingually (German/English, 29,7 x 21 cm) and will present all participating artists with one page each.
The photos and text content will be requested with the jury’s invitation and must be submitted by email within 10 days. Please refer to the following link for examples: The artists
All participating artists receive a free copy of the catalogue.
Opening times of NordArt 2023:
3 June - 8 October 2023
Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
The NordArt Prize worth 10,000 euros has been donated by Hans-Julius and Johanna Ahlmann since 2010. The NordArt Prize is awarded annually to one artist. The prize winner is announced towards the end of the exhibition and is invited to participate in NordArt again. The award ceremony takes place at the NordArt opening in the following year.
Public Choice Award:
NordArt visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favourites. The three Public Choice Awards are endowed with 1,000 euros each and come with an invitation to participate at NordArt the following year.
Artist in Residence:
In the period from mid-April to the end of May, about 10 international artists will be invited to realise (set up) or create their large-scale works (sculpture, installation, painting) on site for the current NordArt.
Residence time on site depends on the respective project and can last from a few days to 4 weeks. The participants are provided with materials (by arrangement), a workplace and accommodation at NordArt site. The resulting artworks remain the property of the artist and will be exhibited at NordArt (by arrangement for longer than a year).
If you wish to participate, please mark the "Artist in Residence" in the application form. For this application, we require a project description with details on the materials and dimensions, estimated time required and photos with examples of artworks or sketches.