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KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR - Applicants, Judging and Selection

Between May 1 and June 30, 2020, artists from the Ruhr area and artists from the EU were able to submit applications for the international residency programme KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR. On July 24, 2020, four projects were selected for funding recommendation in the online jury meeting.

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Within the KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR, four co-productions between regional artists and artists from the EU are funded. The recipients receive a three to five month scholarship as well as funding for production and travel costs.

A total of 56 applications have been received for funding by KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR. After the formal examination, the concepts were presented to the five-person international jury (Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Paolo Montemurro (jury chair), Silke Schönfeld, Tobias Staab, René van Engelenburg) for evaluation.

Origin of the applicants

In 31 of the 56 applications, the Ruhr area partner resides in Essen or Bochum. The other applicants are spread across the entire Ruhr area. Among the EU partners, the Netherlands are at the top with ten applicants and Austria with six applicants, followed by Belgium, Italy, France and Spain.

The areas in the graphic below which are marked in blue show the origin of the applicants of the EU and the Ruhr area.

Applications according to artistic branches

It turns out that performing arts and music are at the top. This is followed by digital art and film/video art. Digital art summarizes the terms mentioned in the application such as virtual and augmented reality as well as new media. A special feature is the high proportion of interdisciplinary projects. Around 43 percent work on an interdisciplinary basis and indicated several fields in their application.

The first jury session

The first judging process consisted of a pre-evaluation phase and an online jury meeting. A Top 20 list was created from the results of the preliminary evaluations, which was discussed in detail at the online jury meeting.

From the top 20, four applications were selected for a recommendation for funding by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia:

Unfortunately, the funding application for Momentum of a Crisis had to be withdrawn by the participating artists for internal reasons. The fourth residency is now being started by Are you FAUX / REAL? (Samir Duratovic and Tessa de Boer).


The second jury meeting will take place in spring 2021 after the results of the four co-productions have been presented. The KREATIVCAMPUS.RUHR Award will then be presented to the winners.


Click here for the jury presentation