AaBKC Residency

AaBKC Residency is a new residency program designed to give international artists and curators an opportunity to develop meaningful professional contacts in Aarhus, Denmark.

Aarhus Center for Visual Art (Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, AaBKC) will invite one curator and one artist to live and work in Aarhus for six weeks each spring and fall, respectively. Residents will be invited to meet local artists and arts professionals, visit artist studios and exhibition spaces, and participate in networking meetings and cultural events.

By focusing on networking, AaBKC Residency creates a platform for cross-cultural dialogue, offering local and international artists and curators a chance to learn from and challenge one another through the exchange of ideas, perspectives, and expertise. The program is designed to foster short- and long-term professional development, allowing curators to broaden their knowledge base, develop new and meaningful professional contacts and work relationships, create future work opportunities, refine networking skills, and build other vital professional capacities.

AaBKC Residency also aims to give artists and curators time and space to work. It is a process-oriented program that encourages residents to experiment in response to and in tandem with their exploration of the local arts scene.

AaBKC Residency is part of AaBKC International, a platform for international dialogue, networking and exchange launched in 2017.


  • Spring 2017 (Curators): May 17 - June 26, 2017
  • Fall 2017 (Artists): August 14 - September 22, 2017


  • All residents must deliver a 30-minute public talk at Aarhus Center for Visual Art’s monthly Art Bar networking event
  • Residents are not required to produce a final project
  • Residents are expected to engage with the local art scene and work with Aarhus Center for Visual Art staff to develop a program for the residency with a focus on networking


  • Emerging and established artists and curators (excluding Danish citizens and residents of Denmark) are welcome to apply
  • Successful applicants will have a strong desire to expand their network of artists, curators, gallerists, and other arts professionals
  • Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English


  • Living accommodations: apartment in Godsbanen; and/or private accommodations in Aarhus
  • Work space: desk within AaBKC’s offices; Godsbanen open workshops (workshops are publicly accessible and shared with local artists)
  • Exhibition space: Mellemrummet (artists only)
  • Administrative and networking support from Aarhus Center for Visual Art staff
  • Discounted meal card for Godsbanen’s in-house cafe, Spiselauget


  • 6.000 DKK stipend
  • 2.500 DKK travel support
  • Free living accommodations, work space, and exhibition space (exhibition space for artists only)
  • Residents must cover living and working costs (including art materials)


Open call periods:

  • Spring 2017 (Curators): January 4 - February 10, 2017. Closed.
  • Fall 2017 (Artists): March 20 - April 17, 2017. Closed.


AaBKC Residency er støttet af / is supported by Det Obelske Familiefond og Tækker Group/Tækker Fonden.