Application Guidelines


For the 2022 ‘Passage’ AiR programme, the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. is looking forward to receiving photography & film based applications from both national and international artists into the residency programme. There are two residencies available for June 2022; with one residency awarded to a female artist who is also a mother – further referred to in this guidelines as female artist-parent.

Under the theme ‘Status Landscape’, the residencies are intended to enable an examination of the current environmental condition of the landscape of the Dübener Heide, a Natural Park in the East of Germany. The following questions can serve as suggestions: What are the expectations towards a landscape? Which ways of perceiving a landscape arise during a temporary stay on site? What is the significance of a landscape as a resource for local recreation, economy and climate? We encourage applicants to consider exploring new themes related to the region of the Dübener Heide through a temporary residency. We also encourage artists to consider using familiar or new working methods in a site-specific way.

Funding For Female Artist-Parent

One residency is reserved for a female artist who is also a mother. In this way, we would like to make it possible for mothers to bring their child with them for the duration of the residency. The Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. will make every effort to provide the necessary infrastructure for this e.g. to arrange child friendly accommodation and temporary childcare. It is possible to bring your partner for the duration of the stay. Additional costs arising from this (e.g. travel and accommodation costs) are to be paid by the artist themselves.

Scope Of Funding

The funding comprises:

  • the arrangement and assumption of the costs for accommodation for the artists in the Dübener Heide for the duration of the four-week stay in June 2022
  • the assumption of travel costs for arrival and departure up to a maximum of 500,00 EUR
  • a one-time grant of 1000,00 EUR
  • the assumption of the costs of transportation during the residency up to a maximum of 250,00 EUR
  • for the female artist-parent, the assumption for travel costs of the child and temporary childcare for the duration of the stay up to a maximum of 500,00 EUR

Artists will submit an invoice to the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. for proof of expenses (travel costs, grant, transportation, child care etc.) including all taxes that may have to be paid by the artists. The Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. support the artists on site with research, mediation and organisational and content-related questions. All additional costs e.g. for materials are to be covered by the artists themselves.


Applications must be submitted informally by email to info[at] by 31st March 2022. As the jury is international, please use English as the language of the application.

Required details for the application are: name, first name, a valid email address. Female artist-parent please note the age of the child in the application. In addition, the following information must be attached to the email together in one pdf (max 15 MB):

  • artistic curriculum vitae
  • planned work project during the residency (max. 2000 characters)
  • meaningful work samples

A minimum age of 18 years is required for participation in the application. There is no age restriction. There is no charge for the application. The ‘Passage’ AiR programme encourages diversity and specifically invites applications from artists of all religions, origins or gender. The artists are selected by a jury on the basis of the quality of the submitted works. The jury is composed of the chairperson of the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V., the two resident artists of the previous year and external jurors from the cultural and art sector. The jury members will be announced on the ‘Passage’ website: The jury’s decision cannot be appealed. The selected artists will be informed as of 20th April 2022.

Prerequisite For Participation

The June 2022 ‘Passage‘ AiR programme is 4 weeks in length onsite in the Dübener Heide. The ‘Passage’ AiR programme is a space to grant artists the opportunity to explore the diverse region of the Dübener Heide. The artists can use the stay for research or work in a results-oriented way.

Since the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. would like to especially promote exchange between children and young people and established artists, participation in the residency is tied to the implementation of a 2-day workshop for young people. The form, content and scope of the workshop are freely selectable. The Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. provides the necessary logistical and spatial resources for the workshop.

Welcoming artists to the Dübener Heide as part of the ‘Passage’ AiR programme also means sharing our curiosity about the guests with residents of the region. We value cultural exchanges of experience and hope that the artists will offer insights into their work to date to a public audience in the context of an artist talk.

Rural Area Dübener Heide

The Dübener Heide is a distinctly rural area. Getting around by public transport is possible, but not all places (villages and towns) can be easily reached by public transport. We recommend the purchase of a monthly ticket for public transport. These costs can be paid from the funds available to the artists for transport, see Scope of Funding. The Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. can arrange the rental of a car. The costs for renting and operating the car are to be covered by the artists (these costs can be paid from the funds available to the artists for transportation, see Scope of Funding). Any additional costs for transport beyond this are to be covered by the artists themselves.


Accommodation for the artists will be provided in the Dübener Heide region. We try to take the needs of the artists into consideration and aim for separate accommodation. At the same time, we would like to promote the exchange between the two resident artists and would like to make this possible through a short distance between the accommodation locations. Especially the conditions of accommodation for the female artist-parent must be clarified in advance in consultation with the selected artist.


The works created within the framework of the residencies are the property of the artists. The authorship and exploitation rights lie with the artists. In consultation and selection with the artists, the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. is granted the right to use a selection of ten images (digital photographs) in connection with public presentation and reporting on the ‘Passage’ AiR programme. Further uses beyond this will be arranged on an individual basis.

It is planed to hold an exhibition after the residencies in 2023, showing the results of the residencies. For this exhibition we are trying to cover the production costs. We are currently in the application phase to obtain funding for the production costs.

Privacy Policy

All data relating to the applications will be saved by the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. for the purpose of the judging and passed on to the members of the jury. After the end of the judging, the data will be deleted within four weeks. For statistical purposes only, the names and countries of origin of the applicants will be saved permanently. This storage can be objected to at any time in writing by email to info[at] By submitting the documents required for the application, applicants agree to this data protection regulation.

Corona Regulations

The implementation of the June 2022 residencies will take place in compliance with the Corona Regulations in force at that time.


Jury Members 2022

Heike Beck co-founded the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. (Kemberg Culture and Art Association) and has been chairwoman of the association since 2020. She studied History and German Language at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig. Since 1985 she has been working at the primary and secondary school Ernestine Reiske in Kemberg and since 1993 she has been deputy headmistress at this school. In 1994, she was elected to the town council of Kemberg and held various positions there until 2019 (chairwoman of the culture committee, deputy mayor, local mayor). Among other projects one main focus of the association is the establishment of the centre for cultural-historical activities ‘Altes Museum / Knabenschule’ in cooperation with the city of Kemberg and the Saxony-Anhalt State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments and Archaeology.

Milena Carstens is Director of Photography at ZEITmagazin Germany. Since completing her degree at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld in photography, Milena has worked on numerous projects and magazines in the capacity of image consultant and photo editor. As gallery manager of the Robert Morat Galerie she oversaw the opening of the Berlin showroom space. Starting in 2012 she began working at ZEITmagazin as photo editor and in 2014 took over as Director of Photography. Milena Carstens is responsible for all image and graphic related content for the weekly ZEITmagazin, as well as for the regional issues and the biannual magazines ZEITmagazin Mann and ZEITmagazin International.

Brazilian-born filmmaker, writer & art director Carlos Vin Lopes completed an MA in Visual Communication at the Weißensee Academy Of Art Berlin. He is one of the founders of GRUPPPO – Design, Film & Visual Art Studio together with Valerio Nicoletti and Lucia Sgrafetto. Carlos Vin Lopes lives and works in Berlin since 2012.

His work has been featured in festivals (among others: Cannes Film Festival; European Independent Film Festival; Chicago Screenplay Awards; New York International Screenplay Awards; Caminhos Film Festival) and cultural and editorial events (First Prize at the International Art Poster Biennial exhibition BICEBE in Bolivia). He was invited by the publishing company Hesign from Germany/China to be part of the book ‘One by One’ – a registration of contemporary visual artists. Furthermore his work was featured in the magazine Print Mag from USA and on the prestigious platform ‘Free The Work’. He exhibited his graphic projects at the 10th International Poster Triennial in Toyama (Japan). Carlos Vin Lopes works on cultural and artistic projects with a focus on multidisciplinarity between design, filmmaking and storytelling.

Laura Pannack is a London based photographer. Renowned for her portraiture and social documentary work, she seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer. Her work has been extensively exhibited and published worldwide, including at The National Portrait Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, Somerset House and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Her artwork has received much acclaim and won numerous awards, among which are the John Kobal Award , Vic Odden prize, World Photo Press Awards, Juliet Margaret Cameron award and the HSBC Prix de la Photographie prize.

Driven by research-led, self-initiated projects, Pannack seeks to fully understand the lives of those she captures on film in order to portray them as truthfully as possible. Perceiving “time, trust and understanding” to be the key elements to achieving this, many of her projects develop over several years, helping her achieve a genuine connection between herself and her sitter and allowing her to capture the intimacy, shared ideas and shared experiences of this relationship. Laura Pannack was ‘Passage’ Artist-in-Residence artist in 2021.

Jule Schaffer is Head of the Photography Collection at the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle (Saale). She studied Art History, English Philology, Theater-, and Film- and Media studies in Cologne and Seville. In 2015, she finished her PhD on concepts of sacredness in contemporary photography at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities in Cologne. Until 2018 she worked as a Research Associate for Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne. As a curator and art historian, her main research areas are photography of the 1920s as well as contemporary documentary and conceptual photography, photobooks and interdisciplinary art criticism.

Bert Villa is a Ghent-based phenomenological artist-architect. With his installations, photography and architectural structures, Villa engages with the codes of (human-made) environments and our perception of those environments. Often departing from a specific location and the narratives it embodies, Villa engages with the highly recognisable phenomena that populate our surroundings. By isolating or decontextualising them, he questions the way our environment is culturally, historically and socially constructed. Bert Villa builds contextual installations: assembled structures triggered by common (architectural) elements that abstract or reframe elements of real environments in order to generate an alternative reality.

Villa is part of the artist-run collective 019 and of the global collaborative network ConstructLab for which he co-found the Belgian association Constructlab Belgium VZW. He currently teaches at KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture at Campus Ghent and LUCA School of Arts.

Recently a first book ‘Assembly’ was published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle and Borgerhoff Lamberigts presenting his first photographic works and a hidden interwoven bundling of sculptural works of the past five years. Bert Villa was ‘Passage’ Artist-in-Residence artist in 2021.

Jury Members 2021

The jury for the selection of the residencies in November 2021 (deadline for applications was 30st August 2021) consisted of the following members:

Heike Beck, co-founder and chairwoman of the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. (Kemberg Culture and Art Association), Kemberg, Germany. Louise Fedotov-Clements, Artistic Director, QUAD & Director FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby (UK). Valerio Nicoletti, art director and designer based in Berlin and Apulia (Italy). Simon Roberts, visual artist, based in Brighton (UK). Eugenie Shinkle, photographer and writer, living and working in London. Helena Weber, photo historian, living and working in Cologne. For more biographical information see the news entry here.