Bahnwärter Scholarship

Scholarship for Literature and Fine Arts

The City of Esslingen awards the ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship in the fields of literature and fine arts. The awards are granted together every two years and they begin in the year of allocation for literature and in the following year for fine arts with a duration of 6 months respectively. Each scholarship is endowed with €6,000 and is paid out in monthly instalments of €1,000 each over the scholarship period. In addition, the City of Esslingen provides an apartment in Esslingen.

The ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Literature aims at young authors who have not yet reached the age of 40, who write in German and have already received some public recognition through publication.
The ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Fine Arts aims at artists and art scholars– regardless of age, nationality or country of residence - who possess curatorial expertise.
 
You may find additional information about the requirements of admission and the objectives for both fields under Current Tender (2020/2021).
 
The application deadline for the current tender of the ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship (both Literature and Fine Arts) closes February 29, 2020.
 
The ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Literature will begin the latest at September 1, 2020. The Scholarship for Fine Arts will begin the latest at September 1, 2021.
 
Send your application and questions to:
 
Kulturamt (Culture Department)
Rathausplatz 3
73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Germany
kulturamt@esslingen.de
Phone: +49 711 3512-2670

Büroma Apart Apartmentvermietung GmbH supports the ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship.

Current Tender 2020/2021

Literature (2020)

Eligibility for Participation

The ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Literature aims at young authors (not yet 40-years-old) who, independently of their place of residency and citizenship, write in German. They have already published literary work by a German-language publisher; self-publishing does not meet this criteria.
 
Nicola Steiner will be the patron for the current tender. She will choose the scholarship holder among the applicants and will give the laudation at the award ceremony during the Esslingen LesART literature days.

Procedure and Content

The scholarship period of the ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Literature lasts 6 months and should begin the latest at September 1, 2020. The City of Esslingen provides the scholarship holders with an apartment for the duration of their stay – though the scholarship holders are not obliged to reside in Esslingen for 6 months, a prolonged stay of several weeks (at least a month) is desired in order to participate with the cultural life of the city. The authors are invited to take part in cultural events (e.g. stadt im fluss, …) as well as a reading in the Esslingen LesART Literature Days, to present their work and thus provide new artistic input for the public and the art scene of Esslingen.
 
Interested authors should be prepared to engage with a current topic of their choice during their funding term, to present their thoughts to the public in Esslingen and to release the results of their work for publication. The choice of subjects may range from events in the author’s own life to questions of identity in a societal context. Mankind’s crucial question – “In what sort of world do I/we want to live?” - should be considered from various perspectives and transcribed in literary form.


To see the City Council’s explicit wording of the binding decision concerning the ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship, follow Terms of Tender or see below.

Application

Please submit the following documents until February 29, 2020:
 
1. Cover letter (max. 1 page)
2. Short curriculum vitae including biographical information, scholarships, awards, and previous publications.
3. Completed questionnaire (127 KB) (1 page)
4. Exposé (max. 1 page) about the work you wish to conduct during the scholarship and which should be, if possible, finished during the scholarship period.
5. Working examples of the previous literary oeuvre.
 
Please do not submit originals. In the case of damaged or lost application documents, the City of Esslingen will not assume liability.


Send your applications to:
 
Kulturamt (Cultural Department)
Rathausplatz 3
73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Germany
kulturamt@esslingen.de
Phone: +49 711 3512-2670

Fine Arts (2021)

Eligibility of Participation
 
The ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Fine Arts is a curatorial scholarship aimed at artists and art scholars regardless of age, nationality or country of residence - who can also prove that they bring curatorial practice. It is necessary to have a good command of the German or English language.
 
An independent jury consisting of renowned personalities from the art scene and the director of the Galleries of the City of Esslingen decides about the applications. After the pre-selection, the jury invites the selected applicants to Esslingen for an interview to discuss and exemplify the proposed project. The jury then determines the award winner.

Procedure and Content
 
The duration of the ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Fine Arts is 6 months and should begin the latest at September 1, 2021, as an artist-in-residency scholarship. The City of Esslingen provides the scholarship holders with an apartment for the duration of their stay, an office among the administration of the Galleries of the City of Esslingen, as well as a grant of €1000 per month. The scholarship holder is committed to be present on site, especially during the planning and implementation phase of the exhibition, the artistic or discursive project.
 
The scholarship is defined as a curatorial scholarship with the aim of realizing an exhibition or a discursive project at the end of the artist-in-residence stay in Esslingen. The project realized in this framework enhances the content-related portfolio of the Galleries of the City of Esslingen through the model of co-curatorial work accompanied by the Galleries Team. The ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship promotes curatorial processes and curatorial thinking.
 
The Villa Merkel itself sees its curatorial assignment in a twofold pivotal function. On the one hand, it serves as an explorer, multiplier and intermediary towards the public. On the other hand, it is a competent passing partner in the direction of the artist, one of its programmatic aims is to get something new going and to invest in the artistic production itself. It complies with the self-image of the Villa Merkel to present and discuss recent positions of international contemporary art.
 
To see the City Council’s explicit wording of the binding decision concerning the ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship, follow Terms of Tender or see below.

Application
 
Please submit the following documents until February 29, 2020:
 
1. Cover letter (max. 1 page)
2. completed questionnaire (127 KB) (1 page)
3. Short curriculum vitae including biographical information, scholarships, awards, and previous publications.
4. An illustrated project dossier that outlines an exhibition, an artistic or a discursive project. The extent of the descriptive text is limited to a maximum of five DIN A4-format pages; the extent of the dossier is limited to 20 pages. In the dossier, the aims and strategic procedures are outlined; possible exhibiting participants or project participants are named with short biographies. The dossier should also contain concise data concerning the technical requirements and conditions of the project. The project language is German or English.
 
Please do not submit originals. In case of damaged or lost application documents/objects, the City of Esslingen does not assume liability.


Send your applications to:
 
Kulturamt (Cultural Department)
Rathausplatz 3
73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Germany
kulturamt@esslingen.de
Phone: +49 711 3512-2670

Terms of Tender

A. General Terms of Tender

§ 1 Application / Acceptance of General Terms of Tender

The application documents are to be submitted only in paper form (no e-mails) to:

Kulturamt (Cultural Department),
Rathausplatz 3
73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Germany

The closing date for applications is February 29 in year of allocation.

The postmark on the date of dispatch is binding. Applications submitted later will not be taken into consideration.

The submitted application documents will only be returned if a sufficiently stamped addressed return envelope is included with the application.

Upon submission of the application documents, the applicant agrees to adhere to the terms of tender.

§ 2 Exclusion

Members of the jury as well as staff members of the City of Esslingen are excluded from the right to apply. Also excluded from the right to apply are those who have already received an ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship.

§ 3 Awarding the Scholarships

An independent expert jury each makes the decision for the applications in the fields of literature and fine arts. The following sections B and C will explain the composition of the jury in the fields of literature and fine arts.

Personal contact with the members of the jury during the selection procedure is not permitted.

All applicants will be informed in writing about the results of the jury meeting. The jury’s decision is final. Negative decisions will not be explained.

There is no right of appeal.

The names of the author and the artist who receive funding will be made known to the general public.

§ 4 Commencement of the Scholarship

The Scholarship for Literature must be commenced at the latest by September 1 in the year of scholarship allocation; the Scholarship for Fine Arts must be commenced at the latest by September 1 in the year after scholarship allocation. The entitlement to the scholarship no longer applies otherwise.

B. ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Literature

The City of Esslingen wants to give young authors the chance to focus on a current topic of their own choosing and to grapple with it creatively. The literary results should be published. The choice of subjects may range from events in the author’s own life to questions of identity in a societal context. As we are living in times of societal erosions, crises and upheavals – the effects of globalization, the rise of new media or financial crises, precarious living conditions of the middle class and an increasing polarization of society – old patterns of identification lose their validation. Older value focuses are in question; we need new orientation patterns that promise social stability. The scholarship holders should consider various perspectives of mankind’s crucial question -”In what sort of world do I/we want to live?”- and transcribe it in literary form.


The ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Stipendium for Literature is aimed specifically at youth development. Young authors should be motivated to engage with urgent topics of today’s society and to work with them creatively.
 
§ 1 Eligibility

The ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Literature aims at young authors (not yet 40 years old) who, independently of their place of residency and citizenship, write in German. They have already published literary work by a German-language publisher; self-publishing does not meet this criteria.
 
§ 2 Application Documents
 
Please submit the following documents:
 
Cover letter (max. 1 page)
Completed questionnaire (127 KB) (113 KB)
Short curriculum vitae including biographical information, scholarships, awards, and previous publications.
Exposé (max. 1 page) about the work you wish to work on during the scholarship, and which should, if possible, be finished during the scholarship period.
Working examples of the previous literary oeuvre.
 
§ 3 Jury

A renowned personality from the literary scene and the director of the library of the City of Esslingen select one awardee from the applicants. The renowned personality then assumes the role of patron and gives the laudation at the award ceremony.
 
§ 4 Scholarship period

Public awareness about the scholarship holder in Esslingen and their participation in the societal discourse are important components of the ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Literature.
 
The scholarship holders present themselves, their literary work, and reflections about it to Esslingen’s citizens in readings, discussions, or lectures, for example during the Esslinger LesArt Literature Days. A publication of the resulting literary work the scholarship holder worked on during the scholarship period is desired.


The scholarship holder informs the Cultural Department about public appearances and publications during the scholarship period. At the same time, the Cultural Department invites the scholarship holders to readings, discussions or other public events. There is no entitlement to additional remuneration for public appearances.


Though the scholarship holders are not obliged to reside in Esslingen for 6 months, a prolonged stay for at least a month is expected. During their residency, the City of Esslingen provides them with an apartment.
 
§ 5 Work Result at the End of the Scholarship Period


During the scholarship period, the scholarship holders work on the literary work they applied with. At the end, the scholarship holders present the results, which should be released for publication, to the public.


If the literary work the scholarship holder worked on during their stay is indeed published, a reference to the ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Stipendium is mandatory.

C. ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Fine Arts

The ESSLINGER BAHNWÄRTER Scholarship for Fine Arts is a curatorial scholarship. The scholarship promotes curatorial processes and curatorial thinking.

At the end of the artist-in-residence stay, the aim is the realization of an exhibition, an art-related or discursive project within the program of the Galleries of the City of Esslingen, whether it be Villa Merkel Gallery, the “Bahnwärterhaus” (signalman’s house) and/or the Merkel Park. The exhibitions and projects realized in the framework of the scholarship each focus on current questions and aspects of contemporary art. They invite participants to produce new contributions and works of their own. To implement exhibitions and projects also always means mediation; therefore a discursively critical reflection of the exhibited contents is also expected.

§ 1 Eligibility

The scholarship is aimed at artists and art scholars – regardless of age, nationality or country of residence – who have already realized exhibitions of their own work in public exhibition rooms, galleries or offspaces and who can prove that they have curatorially developed and implemented exhibitions and projects.

It is necessary to have a good command of the German or English language.

§ 2 Application Documents

In addition to the cover letter, the questionnaire and a short curriculum vitae, it is necessary to send in an illustrated project dossier which outlines an exhibition, an artistic or a discursive project. The extent of the descriptive text is limited to a maximum of five DIN A4-format pages, the extent of the dossier is limited to a total of 20 pages. In the dossier the aims and strategic procedures are to be outlined as well as possible exhibiting participants or project participants named with short biographies. The dossier should also contain concise data concerning the technical requirements and conditions of the project. The project language is German or English.

§ 3 Jury


The decision concerning the applications is made by three independent expert jury members comprised of two renowned personalities from the art scene and the director of the Galleries of the City of Esslingen. After a pre-selection, the selected applicants are invited to Esslingen for a second round in order to exemplify and discuss the proposed project with the jury. The jury then determines the award winner.

§ 4 Scholarship Period

The curatorial scholarship is an artist-in-residence scholarship. The scholarship holder is committed to be present on site, especially during the planning and implementation phase of the exhibition, the artistic or discursive project.

An apartment in the "Bahnwärterhaus" (signalman’s house) is available. The administration department of the Galleries of the City of Esslingen provides an office.



§ 5 Work Result at the End of the Scholarship Period

The aim of the scholarship period is the realization of an exhibition, an artistic or discursive project within the program of the Galleries of the City of Esslingen. The contents of the proposed exhibition, the artistic or discursive project should deal with the objectives of the City Galleries, to complement them or to deal with current aspects of more recent artistic work in the region or with the main emphases of the Graphic Collection of the City of Esslingen.