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With its residency programmes the Goethe-Institut creates a space for new perspectives to occur. Fittingly in the age of globalisation it is especially inspirational for creative artists to anchor their work to very specific places for a period, while pursuing their projects free from financial pressure, and whilst building and deepening their professional networks.

Anna Taina-Nielsen: Sign of WorkPhoto: Diana Lindbjerg

Previous Residencies

Spinnerei Neonreklame Photo: Uwe Walter, 2006

Nordic Leipzig

In collaboration with the Leipzig International Art Programme (LIA) the Goethe-Institut offers a three-month long residency at the Art and Culture Centre Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei to Nordic artists. 
Application deadline for 2022: 31 December 2021

Reykjavik Photo (detail): © colourbox.com

Writer in Residence

Each year, in cooperation with the UNESCO City of Literature Reykjavik, the Goethe-Institut offers a scholarship to German authors. Deadline for application: August 31st 2021.

Current Artists in Residence

The artist Caroline Thon in front of two of her paintings. Photo: Rosenstjerne

Nordic Leipzig
Caroline Thon

The visual artist Caroline Thon is participating in the artist-in-residence programme LIA (Leipzig International Art Program) at the Arts and Culture Centre, Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig from August to October 2021.

The icelandic artist Atli Bollason. Foto: Íris Dögg Einarsdóttir

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Atli Bollason

Icelandic artist Atli Bollason is participating in the artist-in-residence programme LIA (Leipzig International Art Program) at the Arts and Culture Centre, Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig from August to October 2021.

Former participants

Michelle Eistrup Photo: Courtesy of SPACED 3

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Michelle Eistrup

Visual artist Michelle Eistrup is participating in the artist-in-residence programme at Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig from August to October 2020. 

Meik Brüsch Photo (Detail): Harald Holst

Nordic Leipzig
Meik Brüsch

From August to October 2020 Meik Brüsch – a visual artist and ethnologist – will attend the LIA (Leipzig International Art Programme) in the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei as an artist-in-residence.

Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir © Anne Luft

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Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir

Icelandic artist Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir was taking part in the third LIA residency period.

Elisabeth Moritz Photo (detail): Elisabeth Moritz

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Elisabeth Moritz

Artist Elisabeth Moritz was the second guest from Sweden in this LIA residency period.

Anna Taina-Nielsen: Tied up Photo (detail): Anna Taina-Nielsen

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Anna Taina-Nielsen

From August until October 2019, Anna Taina-Nielsen was the second Danish artist to participate in the artist-in-residence programme in Leipzig.

Conny Karlsson Lundgren, July 2018 Photo (detail): © Courtesy of the artist

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Conny Karlsson Lundgren

Conny Karlsson Lundgren from Sweden stayed in Leipzig from February to April 2019 for his residency at Baumwollspinnerei.

Bjargey Olafsdottir Photo (detail): Laufey Elíasdóttir

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Bjargey Olafsdottir

Bjargey Olafsdottir – a multidisciplinary artist – represented Iceland during the second residency period in Leipzig.

Tuukka Haapakorpi Photo (detail): Tuukka Haapakorpi

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Tuukka Haapakorpi

The second Finnish guest was multidisciplinary artist Tuukka Haapakorpi. The Finn was artist-in-residence at Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei from February to April 2019.

Tanja Koljonen Photo (Detail): Juuso Noronkoski

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Tanja Koljonen

The third artist of the first residence intake hails from Finland. Tanja Koljonen lives and works in Helsinki.

Vibeke Frost Andersen Photo (detail): Privatbillede

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Vibeke Frost Andersen

Representing Norway as the first residency participant is Vibeke Frost Andersen.

Maja Gade Christensen Photo (Detail): Arngrímur Borgþórsson

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Maja Gade Christensen

The first representative of Denmark is the artist Maja Gade Christensen, who will travel on November 1st to the Nordic Leipzig Programme in Leipzig.