With its basic understanding of the Ruhr region as an experimental domain, laboratory, and space of opportunity and possibility, KunstVereineRuhr – a collaboration of about 15 art associations and artists’ residences from the Ruhr region – developed the concept “Ruhr.Residence”. As part of the new regional initiative for the individual support of artists and creatives (IKF), the project, which was launched as a pilot in 2016, will now be continued.
The RuhrResidence consists of the domains GO and RETURN.
Go applies to in-situ artists: in form of a scholarship, eight Ruhr artists get the chance to travel to a country they deem relevant to their advancement as artists.
In 2017, the location available for a residency is Bochum. The Kunstverein Bochum looks after the residency, which can be carried out from the end of August until the end of November (except for the period between October 1st and October 15th). It can also be divided into two separate visits. Mentors and guides provide support and assistance during the stay. For the resident, there is a remuneration of €1000 as well as a budget for travelling and subsistence expenses of €750.
Return brings international artists living outside of the Ruhr-Area into the region: during a research phase that can last up to three months, they are given the opportunity to develop concepts and crucial questions for new works of art. In 2017, the location available for a residency is Bochum. The Kunstverein Bochum looks after the residency. Place of residency is the German Puppet Theatre Forum e.V. in Bochum.