Open call for artists for the NordArt 2021
Unfortunately, NordArt 2020 could not take place. The planned projects and artworks selected by the jury will be taken over for NordArt 2021.
Since some changes are foreseeable, also further artists will be selected to participate in the exhibition.
NordArt 2021: 5 June – 10 October 2021
Deadline for applications: 31 October 2020
Kunstwerk Carlshütte is a non-profit cultural initiative and organizes NordArt, which has been held annually since 1999. NordArt is one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in Europe, which is redesigned annually and which presents more than 200 selected artists from all over the world – internationally renowned artists and as well as newcomers. As an internationally established forum for cultural education and exchange, NordArt has dedicated itself to the task of enhancing mutual understanding through the language of art.
The exhibition thrives on the varying perspectives of individual cultures, but also points out the fact that East and West, South and North share many common thoughts. To deepen its insights, NordArt devotes its own pavilion to a different country every year and cooperates with embassies, cultural institutions and curators of the respective countries. Specifically appointed artists and special projects have become another permanent fixture within NordArt.
The exhibition grounds include the historic aisles of the iron foundry Carlshütte with their 22,000 square meters of ground area, the charming ACO Wagenremise and an 80,000 square meters sculpture park. NordArt counts more than 100,000 visitors every summer. For an impression of the exhibition site visit the virtual tour.
You can find films about NordArt and its artists on the YouTube NordArt channel.
Artists from all over the world can apply to participate in the exhibition. The selection of artworks takes place until the mid-February 2021 by a jury. A list of selected artists and special projects will be published on our website by the beginning of March 2021. 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.
Thank you for understanding that the artists who could not be selected will not receive a separate notification.
Application for Participation:
The deadline for applications is 31 October 2020.
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.
1. Fill out text fields with personal data and upload artist resume (Word or PDF file, max 1MB).
2. Additional material (optional): texts, articles, reviews (Word or PDF file, max 1MB).
3. Select field (painting, sculpture, installation, photo, etc.). Multiple selection possible.
If you like to realize your artwork on site, please select "Artist in Residence" and upload your project description (Word or PDF file, max 1MB). 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 (1 MB max single file, formats: JPG, GIF, PNG), fill text fields with information. Field „web link“: link for video work or image file.
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.
After the „submit“ a confirmation of entry and information is sent to your email address automatically.
Alternative: application documents by post or by email:
1. Application form (.pdf)
2. Artist resume (curriculum vitae) and additional material (optional)
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. Exhibits for NordArt can be marked in the catalogue. Please do not send any originals. The return of application documents is not possible.
Please send the documents by 31 October 2021 at the latest (postmark).
Postal Address: Kunstwerk Carlshütte, NordArt office, Am Ahlmannkai, 24782 Büdelsdorf, Germany
Selection of artists:
The artists will be selected by a jury by mid-February 2021. 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 on our website in early March 2021. Additionally, all invited artists will be informed by email or post and asked to confirm their participation and send the documents for the catalogue. 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 23th April 2021 to the following address: Kunstwerk Carlshütte, NordArt, Vorwerksallee 3, 24782 Büdelsdorf, Germany 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 2021). The Installation of the artworks is carried out by the NordArt team (or, in exceptional cases only, by the artist).
The exhibited works may be offered for sale. We will pass potential buyers' details on to the artist. Kunstwerk Carlshütte is a non-profit organization and does not charge any commission. The exhibited works remain at NordArt until the end of the exhibition.
A German/English catalogue in DIN A4 format (29,7 cm x 21 cm), is produced for the exhibition with one page per artist. Digital photos and text regarding each participant is requested along with the jury’s invitation and must be supplied 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.
The NordArt Prize worth 10.000 euro has been 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 and automatically participate in NordArt the following year, where the award ceremony will take place at the opening.
Public Choice Award:
Visitors of NordArt can vote for their favourite artist. Three Public Choice Awards will be awarded during "The Long Night of the Lights" in September. All votes will be counted one 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 NordArt the following year.
Artist in Residence:
In the run-up to the annual exhibition, a creative exchange with international artists takes place under the designation "Artist in Residence".
Up to 10 artists will be invited between mid-April and late May to realize (set up) or create their new large-format works (sculpture, installation, painting) 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 the 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. 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.