Dieter Ruckhaberle Award / Residency Program

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KHF-Berlin / Künstlerhof Frohnau (Artists Colony Frohnau) and Kunstamt Reinickendorf are calling for applications for a funded artist-in-residency for visual artists, including a production grant and a solo exhibition. The Dieter-Ruckhaberle-award remembers and honors the life and work of artist, curator and cultural politician Dieter Ruckhaberle.

Dieter Ruckhaberle

Since the 1960s Ruckhaberle was a leading figure of West-Berlin’s cultural scene. He tirelessly promoted and worked towards better working conditions for artists in Germany, always convinced that artistic freedom could only be guaranteed by an absence of economic pressure. Ruckhaberle initiated the IG Medien, a union for media related professions, and the Künstlersozialkasse (KSK), a subsidized health insurance for artists. He co-founded various art institutions such as nGbK and the Staatliche Kunsthalle, as whose director he served for many years.

As an artist Ruckhaberle created an extensive and multifaceted body of work, ranging between painting and sculpture, both abstract and figuratively, in search of new poetic forms and positions of critical contemporaneity. He passed away in May 2018 at his last major project: the Künstlerhof Frohnau, an artist colony on the Northern outskirts of Berlin, which offers affordable studio spaces for artists since 1998.

The Dieter-Ruckhaberle-Förderpreis invites artists to live and work here for 2 months – in the serenity of the Reinickendorf forest and among the community of other artists. The award further includes a production budget and a solo exhibition in a gallery space in Berlin’s district of Reinickendorf – or a comparable public presentation.

The DR-Förderpreis is open to professional visual artists, independent of age, origin or artistic medium. It is particularly geared towards artists who want to work on a specific project within the two-month residency period. The open call deliberately does not limit the type of media or the thematic focus and is open to interdisciplinary practices and art collectives. Spouses/life partners and children may accompany the resident. The participating artist/s can not be enrolled in a university program and should have an extensive production and exhibition record, proven through a portfolio of recent works. The DR-Förderpreis can only be awarded once.

The Award:
The selected artist/s will get a fully equipped 155-m2 live-in studio at the KHF / Künstlerhof Frohnau for two months between July 01st – December 31st 2019, as well as a production budget of 2.000 € to cover art materials, equipment and/or living expenses. A solo exhibition in a gallery space in Berlin Reinickendorf will be presenting the results of the residency period, dates to be determined. Travel costs can not be covered.

The Dieter-Ruckhaberle-Förderpreis is a joint initiative by Künstlerhof Frohnau e.V. and the Kunstamt Reinickendorf. The jury is composed of the following members:

Gabriele Horn, director of the Berlin Biennale
Dr. Cornelia Gerner, director Kunstamt Reinickendorf
Heike Ruschmeyer, artist and curator of the Dieter-Ruckhaberle estate
Antonia Alampi, art historian, writer, curator and artistic co-director Savvy Contemporary
Kaya Behkalam, artist and director of KHF / Künstlerhof Frohnau e.V.

Please submit your application digitally in a single PDF, not exceeding 5MB, to the following email address:  Please submit the following documents:

  • Project proposal in German or English, max. 2 pages. Please include a few lines stating a concept for your solo exhibition or alternative public presentation.
  • CV
  • Portfolio of recent art works from the last five years

Applications will only be considered if they are complete and submitted before the application deadline. Your submitted materials will be handled confidentially.

Deadline: April 30th, 2019.

Contact/Additional Information:
General inquiries related to the open call:
Press: Anna-Lena von Salomon –