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PHILOSOPHY

Balmoral is ... a place of support 
The artists’ residence Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral is an institution of the Foundation for Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate and was founded 1995 in Bad Ems to support international visual artists by awarding residential fellowships. Since 2013, fellowships are offered in one artistic genre or one theme each year. This offering, which is unique in Germany, is intended to enable deeper mutual creative cross-fertilisation among the resident artists. In addition one residential fellowship is awarded to a curator. For artists with relation to Rhineland-Palatinate a fellowship abroad in New York is offered. Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral is also responsible for the fellowships of the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate which extend the offer for artists from Rhineland-Palatinate with two location-independent project fellowships, two for Paris, one for South Korea and one for Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Brandenburg/Germany.

Open studios 2014
Open studios 2014

Balmoral is ... a place for meeting and discussion 
Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral is a place of reflection, artistic production, discussion and meeting. The visual artists living here have the opportunity to exchange experiences. In order to promote the dialogue between theory and practical experience, we invite external artists, speakers, teachers, curators, etc. for artist talks and studio visits. Along with regular events as concerts, lectures, open studios, artist courses and a summer festival, guided tours take place once a month from April to October to open the house for the public. The friends’ association Balmoral 03 e. V. founded in 2003, which supports the house and the artists in a variety of ways, plays an essential intermediary role between the fellowship holders and people interested in art.

David Semper, RUINE 1.2
David Semper, RUINE 1.2

Balmoral is ... a place of inspiration
The relaxed atmosphere of the castle aside from the hectic everyday life fosters the artistic development. The residence’s own library with around 6,000 books about modern and contemporary art not only invites to hours of leisure but also contributes one’s share to the artistic inspiration. The city Bad Ems with its splendid buildings from the 19th century, which form an exciting alternative when set against the more functional architecture in the years following the war, offer various sources of inspiration, which lasting impressions have found their way into many works of art by the fellowship holders.

Exhibition room »Made in Balmoral«
Exhibition room »Made in Balmoral«

Balmoral is ... a centre for contemporary art 
Works by the fellows are regularly shown in »Made in Balmoral«, the Künstlerhaus’s exhibition space in the Bad Ems city centre. The exhibition space with its glazed front is supposed to function as a display window and arouses curiosity about the artistic guests of Schloss Balmoral and Bad Ems. It also gives insight in the work of the artists’ residency and invites to the variety of events. Furthermore nationwide presence is intended in order to present the artists to a broader public and to establish them on the art market. Since 2015 for all fellows funded by Rhineland-Palatinate a final exhibition at the historic rooms of the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck has been realised.

Summer festival 2017, photo: Tobias Vollmer
Summer festival 2017, photo: Tobias Vollmer

Balmoral is ... a place of vision
Schloss Balmoral sees itself as an interface between artistic work and theoretical reflection and as a point of contact between former and present fellows. Balmoral intends to build a bridge between present and future of its over 230 funded artists, whose works and exhibition projects are accompanied and supported beyond the duration of the fellowship. The yearly summer festival, which is also the official welcome for the new fellowship holders, offers a platform for a reunion and for exchange with the former artistic guests.