About us
About us

The Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Foundation supports international artists by organizing an Artist-in-Residence program. Grant holders are able to focus on their work without time or financial pressure.

Mission Statement

The guiding principle of the Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen is that of a social space that promotes cross-disciplinary artistic exchange and personal and professional development in international dialogue. This results in innovation potentials as well as opportunities for regeneration on an individual, structural and global level.


The garden, communal kitchen, workshop, library, gallery, exhibition hall, and the surroundings of the Künstlerdorf provide space for a variety of processes, activities, interactions, and engagement.

Mission Statement

They become places of learning and knowledge, and meeting points for different perspectives and realities of life, as well as forms of knowledge and professional disciplines.


The Künstlerdorf Schöppingen emphasizes collegial advice and knowledge exchange in a supportive and non-competitive setting.


As part of its mission to support artists, the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen recognizes different needs and unequal prerequisites in taking advantage of the residency fellowship and accompanies them individually.



The Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen is located in two listed manor houses from the early 19th century, situated in the rural area of Münsterland, close to the Dutch border. Each year, the Künstlerdorf awards around 40 grants in the fields of visual arts, literature and composition. Since its founding in 1989, a total of about 900 artists have been invited for a residency. The fellowships are each associated with a two- to six-month stay in the Künstlerdorf. The program is open to international applicants and has no age limit. The selection of the fellows is made by juries of experts, which are renewed on a regular basis.


The program of Künstlerdorf offers the opportunity to regularly gain insight into artistic processes and to engage in personal exchange with the fellows. In addition to ongoing events such as monthly dinners and brunches, the Künstlerdorf organizes the annual CAP (Curating for Advanced Practices) program, which aims to discuss production conditions and implementation issues for artistic practices and to develop new strategies and structures in the arts.


At the end of each year, a publication is issued that includes documentation of the residency fellowships, the ongoing program, and the CAP program. Annual editions serve to support the work of the Künstlerdorf.


In order to sustainably promote the exchange of fellows beyond the residencies, the alumni program offers the possibility to visit the Künstlerdorf as a guest or to participate in later projects. This option is available by arrangement or by invitation.