Malt AIR is a visual arts residency programme in Denmark. The residency is run in collaboration between The Danish Art Workshops, Kunsthal Aarhus and Maltfabrikken, and is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation. Malt AIR invites professional artists from all over the world to participate in a 3-month visual arts residency programme at Maltfabrikken in Ebeltoft.
The residency offers international artists the opportunity to develop new and valuable relations with the Danish visual arts scene. Studio facilities and accommodation, as well as a travel grant and a monthly stipend, are included in the programme.
Purpose of the programme
The purpose of the programme is to support the development of the resident’s artistic practice and to foster exchanges between the residing artist and the Danish contemporary visual arts scene. The resident artist will be given the opportunity to participate in networking activities, studio visits, meetings with relevant professional individuals and institutions, as well as to receive curatorial and peer feedback. Malt AIR wishes to support the artistic process and research phase by giving the artist time, space and opportunity for reflection and focus.
The programme provides possibilities, and it is the responsibility of the artist to make use of these.
Who are we?
The institutions behind Malt AIR have gathered in a partnership to create an attractive residency for professional international artists at a high artistic level, with links to a broad network across the Danish visual arts scene.
· Maltfabrikken is a creative cultural centre offering modern residency facilities in an inspiring, purpose-built artistic environment surrounded by nature.
· Kunsthal Aarhus is a professional exhibition platform for contemporary art. Kunsthal Aarhus gives the resident artist access to the professional art scene in Aarhus, as well as curatorial feedback.
· The Danish Art Workshops is an institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture, that provides facilities for the production of demanding art works. The institution links the residing artist to the Copenhagen visual art scene and offers advice on the processes of artistic production.
· The Danish Arts Foundation aims to promote the arts in Denmark and Danish art abroad. The Danish Arts Foundation funds Malt AIR.
The residency programme includes:
- An individual studio, access to shared workshop facilities and accommodation in a shared apartment situated at Maltfabrikken in Ebeltoft, Denmark.
- A travel grant for an economy class flight to Denmark and return, and visa costs.
- A monthly stipend of €1000 / 7.500 DKK to cover living expenses, local transport and cost of materials and production.
- Tailormade activities aimed at supporting the development of the resident artist’s artistic practice, as well as facilitating network development with relevant artists, curators, and art professionals in Denmark.
- A peer programme. The resident will be matched with a member of our peer group and will receive individual professional feedback twice during the stay.
Our current peers are: Jacob Fabricius & Lars Bang Larsen (Directors at Art Hub Copenhagen), Birgitte Kirkhoff Eriksen (Self-employed Mentor at Being in Practice and BKF, former Museum Director, Curator, and Gallerist), David Hilmer (Artist and Researcher), Jane Jin Kaisen (Artist), Stine Hebert (Curator and Co-founder of Heirloom), Milena Hoegsberg (Independent Curator and Writer) and Julia Rodrigues (Independent Curator).
Please visit our website www.maltair.dk for more information about the programme and the facilities.
Who may apply?
Professional artists from abroad (non-Danish artists) who can document exhibition experience within significant professional contexts as well as former collaborations with curators on a professional level.
How will your application be evaluated?
The following criteria will be used in the evaluation of the applications:
- The applicant can document exhibition experience within significant professional contexts (i.e., solo presentations at museums or similar art institutions, and/or participation at biennials, and/or larger commissions for public art projects etc.)
- The applicant can document former collaborations with curators and can provide the name and contact information of two referees who can comment on recent work and artistic development on a professional level.
- The applicant has an ambitious plan for his/her residency that demonstrates artistic quality on a high professional level.
- The proposed plan of the applicant and the Malt AIR residency programme are clearly and mutually relevant. One of the main aims of the programme is to build new relations between the resident artist and the contemporary visual arts scene in Denmark.
The application will be evaluated on its motivation and reflections regarding the proposed plan. The jury will also appreciate knowing your thoughts on artistic themes and hopes for the outcome of your residency, as well as possible connections to Danish institutions or persons in the Danish art scene that you would like to make.
Who will evaluate your application?
Your application will be evaluated by a jury consisting of members of the Malt AIR partnership: Diana Baldon (Artistic Director at Kunsthal Aarhus), Frederik Hardvendel (Director at Danish Art Workshops), Amalie Vilslev Juelsgaard (Project Manager at Maltfabrikken) and an external jury member.
The periods of the residency programme
Professional artists from abroad can apply for a stay of 3 months at Malt AIR. The periods are:
1. November 28, 2022 – February 25, 2023
2. March 13, 2023 – June 10, 2023
Periods should be chosen in order of priority in the online application form.
Applications are accepted once a year. For each of the periods three artists will be granted a residency.
How to apply
All applications to Malt AIR must be submitted electronically via the online application form:
We recommend that you read the electronic application form and have the necessary information as well as documents for attachment ready before you get started.
When submitting the application form, the following must be attached in one pdf file of max. seven pages and max. 10 MB in total:
- Motivation (max. 1 page).
- CV containing minimum one major exhibition and two professional referees (max. 1 page).
- Sample images. Minimum five pictures (max. five pages).
No additional material can be included in the application.
It is the responsibility of the artist to ensure that their application is complete. If your application is incomplete, a new and complete application should be submitted before the deadline. The final application submitted will be presented to the jury. Applications will be submitted to the jury as they appear at the deadline.
You will be notified of the jury’s decision within six weeks from the deadline of the call. During this period, all applications will be prepared for, distributed to, and assessed by the jury.
Reporting and expectations
Evaluation of your stay is part of the residency programme.
As the aim of the residency includes exchange and network development, it is expected that artists in residence are outward-looking and have an open approach and attitude. For example, by participating in artist talks, being active on social media and becoming actively involved in the Danish visual arts scene.
If you have questions about your application and the residency, please check out our FAQ’s here. If you still have questions, contact Amalie at .