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, continued in 2017.

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.

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 were given the opportunity to develop concepts and crucial questions for new works of art. In 2017, the location available for a residency was Bochum. The Kunstverein Bochum looked after the residency and the place of residency was the German Puppet Theatre Forum e.V. in Bochum.