Photo: Margherita Spiluttini

NAC and AIR – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Niederösterreich have conducted an annual residency exchange since 2013. AIR – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Niederösterreich is a multidisciplinary fellowship program located in Krems an der Donau. The program gives architects, visual artists, musicians, and writers the opportunity to live and work in Lower Austria for a period of one to three months and to get to know the entire spectrum of local cultural institutions. In turn, AIR organizes residencies for Lower Austrian artists across Europe and overseas in conjunction with international-exchange partnerships. 
In addition to realizing exhibitions, concerts, readings, and workshops, particular emphasis is placed on the production of work on site.  In the broadest sense, the aim is to facilitate and support the entirety of potential artistic forms of articulation and presentation, as well as to reflect on and engage discursively with the various ways of working.
The city of Krems is located directly on the Danube, approximately 80 km from Vienna and 30 km from St. Pölten, the capital of Lower Austria. Krems is one of the oldest cities in Austria, its history dates back more than a thousand years. Krems and the Wachau were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Open call is announced in September-November.

More information on the programme and participating institutions here.

Residency period 
2 July–31 August

Living and working conditions
AIR – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Niederösterreich provides a studio apartment appointed with kitchen, bathroom, Internet access, telephone connection, dishwasher and washing machine, access to the common room and technical rental equipment. Personal support by curators and staff including a project presentation is also provided.

Grant of 1300 Euro monthly (excluding travel, transport or material expenses) excluding health insurance. Every scholarship holder needs to testify in advance a valid health insurance during their stay in Krems.

Applications must be filed in English and include
1. Application form;
2. Résumé in chart form, including artistic career and a list of previous grants (scholarships);
3. Statement of the applicant’s artistic objectives during the residency (up to 6000 characters);
4. Artist portfolio (up to 15 pages);
5. Relevant support documentation, scanned images of articles, reviews or exhibition catalogues.

Applications with all of the above are to be presented as a PDF with a contents page, and listed sequentially in the above order. Links to sound or video works can be submitted in the pdf. The PDF size should not exceed 5 MB.
Submit your application and related application questions to:

Selection process 
NAC will short-list three candidates whose applications will then be forwarded to AIR – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Niederösterreich. A committee at AIR – Niederösterreich will make the final decision and grant one scholarship.
Former participants to the exchange programme

From Lithuania to Austria:
2023 — Laurynas Skeisgiela
2022 — Žilvinas Landzbergas 
2022 — Dominykas Sidorovas
2021 — Ona Juciūtė
2020 — Vita Opolskytė
2019 — Tomas Sinkevičius and Viltė Bražiūnaitė
2018 — Irma Stanaitytė-Bazienė
2017 — Pakui Hardware
2016 — Akvilė Anglickaitė
2015 — Lina Albrikienė 
2014 — Emilija Škarnulytė 
2013 — Dainius Liškevičius

From Austria to Lithuania:
2023 — Thomas Steineder
2022 — Lale Rodgarkia-Dara
2021 — Enar de Dios Rodríguez
2021 — Lukas Hochrieder
2019 — Andreas Werner 
2018 — Claudia Rohrauer 
2017 — Ines Hochgerner 
2016 — Barbara Kapusta 
2015 — Ida Divinzenz 
2014 — Laura Skocek 
2013 — Hannah Oellinger and Manfred Reiner