UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme, Seoul

Deadline: 4 October 2013
Open to: Professional artists in the visual arts and new media arts between 25 and 35 years old
Fellowship: 3,000,000 KRW plus accommodation and travel


The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists promotes the mobility of young artists in order to enrich their personal perspectives, to develop their creative project, enabling them to engage in a cultural diversity dialogue. National Art Studio, Changdong, established in 2002, is run by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. National Art Studio Changdong is designed to enhance the diversity and quality of creative artistic exchange by providing a network for the close relationship between overseas and domestic artists and various art-related professionals. National Art Studio, Changdong located in the northern part of Seoul offers 9 individual studio spaces and an open-air work area.

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries Programme was integrated in UNESCO’s strategy to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. It aims to provide experience to young artists and to help them complete their training in countries other than their own.


Professional artists in the visual arts and new media arts must be between 25 and 35 years old with relevant study or training and an experience of artistic work for at least three years. Proficiency in English is required.

Please note that artists who have participated in this program in the past are not eligible.  The UNESCO-Aschberg bursary is granted only once to an artist.


The institution provides professional support for artists through exhibitions, associated cultural exchanges and public related programs, which address the relationship between contemporary art practices and current practical debates. Among other cost, a round-trip airfare at best rates in economy class is covered  accordingly to the dates of the residence. Nature of  the bursary:

  • A round-trip airfare at best rates in economy class, and accordingly to the dates of the Residence. UNESCO-Aschberg manages the travel arrangements.
  • A studio combined with accommodation at the National Art Studio, in Changdong premises
  • A total amount of 3,000,000 KRW (approx. 2,000 euro) for the three-month period;
  • Opportunities to show artworks at gallery of National Art Studio, Changdong. (National Art Studio, Changdong also works together with the laureates for the visa application process. Yet, the laureates need to cover the visa application fees)
  • The laureates will have his/her own health insurance, and will provide copy of the insurance contract to National Art Studio Changdong and UNESCO-Aschberg


Candidates must send an application form with required documents to National Art Studio Changdong by post:

  1. An application form
  2. A copy of passport
  3. A brief artist‘s statement
  4. A pre-project report including anticipated outcome during the residency
  5. CV listing most important exhibitions, performances, publications, awards and education
  6. Portfolio: Up to totally 10 works in the form of digital files(images in “jpg”, “ppt” or “pdf” format/ videos in “avi” format/ sounds in “mp3” format). For video and sound works, each file within 5min. and links to the website not accepted. Preferably with a description of works(title, year, medium, size and 2~3 sentences of brief description)

Preferably containing all materials in one CD or DVD totally within 50MB and making two folders: 1. Documents and 2. Portfolio.

Send completed applications by 4 October 2013 to:
National Art Studio, Changdong
601-107, Chang-dong, Dobong-gu, Seoul, South Korea [Zip code: 132-919]

For further information please see National Art Studio website or the official webpage.

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