Since 1989, the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen supports international artists with its residency program. The stipend-funded fellowship of two to six months enables the realization of projects in the fields of literature, visual arts and composition.

Making Worlds
16. März — 31. Dezember 2024

Given the increase of geopolitical tensions, structural inequity and the climate crisis, a paradigm shift in our civilization seems inevitable. The principles, methods and knowledge used in this transition will be decisive for the direction and outcome of this turn.
„Making Worlds“ explores artistic practices, methods and epistemologies as bridges at the interfaces of diverse worlds, fields of knowledge and education. Through workshops led by artists and a Summer School based on holistic and relational learning, the project offers spaces for experience, empathy, dialog and experimentation.
The exploration of concepts of socially engaged art, such as conflict as a driving force for change, interspecies relationships, inclusion, spirituality or the playful use of technology, provides the starting point for reflections on the expansion of knowledge building.


Spread across the grounds of the Künstlerdorf, nine signs provide information about the historical background, developments and the program of the Künstlerdorf. The author Grashina Gabelmann conducted interviews with contemporary witnesses, founders and contributors.
You can find an excerpt of the contents here.
Let the orally-told stories take you into the background of this place!

installation: Stefanie Manhillen, photo: Seweryn Zelazny
installation: Gili Avissar, photo: Meike Reiners
Fellows 2024

Visual Arts

Sara Alvarado*, Collective Tizintizwa (Soumeya Ait Ahmed und Nadir Bouhmouch), Yana Bachynska, Collective David Bernardo Camargo Sanchez und Rosaura Amauta García Vázquez, Federico Cuatlacuatl, Clara Gott*, YL Hsueh, Francisca Jimenez, Marei Loellmann, Julius Metzger, Christiane Rasch, Franca Scholz, Yoshie Sugito, Harry Thring, Tatyana Zambrano



Zara Ali, Jeanne Artemis, Gerald Eckert, Maximiliano Alejandro Soto Mayorga

Fellows 2024


Fatin Abbas, Atefe Asadi, Polina Borodina, Julienne De Muirier, collective Hypertext (Thomas Empl, Natalie Harapat and Lisa Roy), Franziska Hauser, Jazra Khaleed, Tanasgol Sabbagh, Fabian Saul, Mati Schemoelof*, Ika Sperling, Saskia Warzecha, Franziska Winkler




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.