What is VISIT?

VISIT provides fellowships: VISIT is a fellowship programme run by the E.ON Stiftung. It provides young artists with the opportunity to create new work and pursue extraordinary projects.

VISIT encourages cooperation: While VISIT artists develop their projects independently, depending on the topic at hand, they receive support by E.ON employees at the company’s German or international facilities, and carry out their work on-site.

VISIT promotes discussion: The foundation expressly requests that the artistic works created under the purview of the programme engage with themes related to energy and its significance to society at large. VISIT aims to facilitate a multifaceted discourse with artists as well as scientists and companies about energy, and to address questions relevant to the future. The process of transformation ushered in by the energy transition does not merely involve designing technology; instead, it affects society as a whole. Individuals with various different skill sets and areas of expertise should be involved. 

If you would like to learn more about E.ON before applying (for example, about its sites and what they do), take a look at the website.

What VISIT provides

VISIT supports up to three art projects per year. 

The project outlines can be submitted by individual artists as well as by project groups. Interdisciplinary and participatory approaches are welcome. VISIT also welcomes projects that blur the boundaries between fields such as art, design and architecture.

Project schedules are negotiable. However, projects should generally be completed within roughly six months.

The budget allocated for each project is €20,000. This funding can be used for travel, materials, production, exhibitions and documentation.

All VISIT artists will have access to support from E.ON employees at company sites both within and outside of Germany. 

All VISIT artists will receive access to the broad E.ON Stiftung network, which spans the fields of PR, technology, science and the international art scene.

Our jury

All applications will be reviewed by our independent and interdisciplinary jury. The jury currently consists of:

  • Inke Arns – Artistic Director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) Dortmund, Germany
  • Anna Fricke – Curator for Contemporary Art at Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany
  • Helen Turner – Artistic Director E-Werk, Luckenwalde
  • Johannes Odenthal – Director of Programming at Akademie der Künste Berlin, Germany
  • Siegfried Zielinski – Professor for Media Theory, Archaeology and Variantology of the Media at the Berlin University of the Arts, member of the Visual Arts Section of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Cooperation: Junge Akademie

The idea of artistic research and the multidisciplinary approach are what connect the Akademie der Künste's JUNGE AKADEMIE and VISIT. Since 2020 the partners are offering a new international fellowship to fund projects at the interface between art and science on the topic of the human-machine relationship. The thematic fellowship Human-Machine is also endowed with EUR 20,000 and the fellows will be selected by a joint jury. It will be advertised three times until the end of 2022. Fellows shall also be given the opportunity to stay at one of the Akademie der Künste's studios in Berlin's Hansaviertel district as a guest. The perspective of art, science and business are to be connected in the context of the programme in order to facilitate comprehensive answers to current societal issues. A joint exhibition programme and accompanying discourse formats will serve to support this process and make it available to the public.

New Partner in 2022: E-Werk

In 2022, a very special partner was added in the form of E-WERK Luckenwalde. For 60 years, the power plant produced and supplied the city of Luckenwalde and the surrounding area with energy from coal - in 2019, the artists' collective Performance Electrics flipped the switch and transformed the old building into a regenerative art power plant and a centre for contemporary art. E-WERK has a pioneering ecological and economic model, producing and supplying renewable electricity Kunststrom (Art Power) to the building and national grid. As a not-for-profit institution, E-WERK reinvests all revenue from energy production into its contemporary art programme. A place of energy, creativity and critical engagement with and for the local people and visitors from all over the world is being created. VISIT artists have the opportunity to spend a studio stay here on request – joint exhibitions and discourse formats are planned.