HIFMB/HWK Artist in Residence



The Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg (HIFMB) and the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Institute for Advanced Study (HWK), have created the artist-in-residence program “ArtWaves” for the duration of the UN Ocean Decade, offering annual fellowships.

We jointly invite applications for one fellowship for an artist to take place in 2024.

Application deadline: 3rd of October 2023, 12 PM (midnight) CEST.  

HIFMB and HWK have established a joint annual artist-in-residence fellowship. The art projects within this scheme are intended to address aspects of marine biodiversity change and to promote public understanding and the transfer of knowledge in a changing world through art. Main objectives are to develop new formats for the transfer of science into social and/or political debates and to build new networks to promote the visibility of marine biodiversity research. HIFMB aims for the most effective interaction and will create conditions for an inspiring and creative collegial dialogue between artists and researchers. We ask the artists to especially involve early career scientists and to explore with them ideas and ways of integrating new ways of thinking and working into their work. ArtWaves has the ambition to support the transfer of scientific knowledge also to the science-policy interface where scientific knowledge finds its way into implementing and legislating policy solutions and application. By nurturing creativity and innovation, the program not only educates but also inspires action and awareness for ocean conservation and marine biodiversity research. This cooperation is closely linked to the United Nations Ocean Decade.

Fellowship Information: Time and Space

The fellowship shall start in early 2024 and lasts 3 to 4 months.
The Artist in Residence will be funded by the HIFMB and HWK. The fellowship package includes a monthly stipend (2.500 €) plus free accommodation at HWK Delmenhorst and a travel allowance. 

ArtWaves places great emphasis on diversity and inclusivity, welcoming artists from various backgrounds. We have the strong ambition to have no barriers to gender, generational, and geographic diversity – neither in the choice of artists nor in the definition of the target group or audiences.

Outcome and Purpose

Expectations towards the artist:

  • Creation of New Work: The artist is expected to produce new artistic work by the end of the residency, which could be intended for exhibition or performance.
  • Planning for Exhibition or Performance: The artist, in collaboration with HWK (Host Organization 1) and HIFMB (Host Organization 2), should plan appropriate ways to showcase the newly created work, whether through exhibitions or performances or similar.
  • Engagement with Scientists and Projects: The artist should actively engage with scientists and ongoing projects at HIFMB, with a preference for involving early career scientists.
  • Artistic Outreach through Public Engagement: The artist should explore opportunities for engaging the public through artistic outreach initiatives.
  • Donation of Work Sample: The artist is expected to donate a sample of the work produced during the residency to the host organizations.
  • Participation in Public Relations Activities: The artist should agree to participate in public relations activities related to the residency, such as documenting work-in-progress through photographs.
  • Submission of Evaluation Report: At the conclusion of the residency, the artist is required to submit a written evaluation report, including an assessment of the residency experience and any outcomes achieved.
  • Inclusion of Logos: The artist should add the logos of both host organisations and, if endorsed, the logo of the UN Ocean Decade to on products issued during the residency.
  • Presentation in Seminars: The artist is expected to present their work in seminars held at both HWK and HIFMB.

Host Organizations

HWK Delmenhorst: The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, or HWK, is an Institute for Advanced Study, established as a foundation by the German states Bremen and Niedersachsen and the city of Delmenhorst. It offers a residency within an international and multi-disciplinary community of researchers (fellows) representing various academic disciplines. The selected Artist in Residence will be provided with a furnished and equipped apartment on the HWK campus and dedicated workspace to facilitate their creative process. Additionally, the artist will receive support in establishing contacts and connections with the region’s arts and cultural institutions. This collaboration aims to bring together the realms of art and science through personal exchange. All Fellows, including Artists in Residence, are required to reside on the HWK campus for the duration of their fellowship and to interact with other Fellows (Accommodation Details).

HIFMB Oldenburg: HIFMB is a cooperation between the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven and the University of Oldenburg. The artist will be fully integrated into working groups of the researchers in Oldenburg. By participating in an international, interdisciplinary, and dynamic working environment, the artist will find new inspiration. HIFMB aims to facilitate effective interaction and create an environment conducive to inspiring and creative collegial dialogues between artists and researchers.

More information about the participating institutions is available on their respective websites: HWK and HIFMB.

Ocean Decade: Join the Movement for the Ocean We Want 

The content of the artist-in-residence program aligns with the objectives of the United Nations Ocean Decade. The Ocean Decade serves as a collaborative platform for scientists and stakeholders across various sectors to collaborate in advancing ocean science. This collaboration aims to enhance our understanding of the ocean system and accelerate progress in ocean science.

In the context of the challenges posed by the Ocean Decade, we specifically encourage artists to focus on addressing Ocean Decade Challenge 2: Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity (Learn more on YouTube).

 Evaluation Criteria 

The selection of the successful artist will be based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative and Relevant Project: We value projects that showcase innovative ideas and a strong relevance to the themes of our program. The proposed project should push boundaries and explore new horizons at the intersection of art, science, and society.
  • Alignment with HIFMB and HWK Missions and Ocean Decade Objectives: Applicants’ projects should clearly align with the missions of HIFMB and HWK, as well as the overarching objectives of the Ocean Decade, with a specific focus on Challenge 2.
  • Quality, Efficiency, Coherence, and Feasibility of Work Plan: The submitted work plan should outline a comprehensive and efficient approach to achieving artistic goals within the designated timeframe and should demonstrate a clear understanding of project execution. Furthermore, coherence and feasibility of the proposed project’s objectives are essential. Additionally, the project’s potential to engage diverse audiences enhances its value.
  • Creativity and Originality: An artist’s previous work serves as an indicator of their creativity and originality. We assess the distinctive and imaginative qualities evident in an artist’s portfolio.
  • Effective Communication, Engagement & Audience Diversity: Applicants should carefully consider the tools and formats they intend to use for communicating their work. The selected approach should enable the widest possible reach and impact while engaging a diverse audience.

How to Apply & Evaluation Procedure

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030

The content of the artist-in-residence program fits into the challenges of the current United Nations Ocean Decade. The Ocean Decade provides a convening framework for scientists and stakeholders from diverse sectors to develop the scientific knowledge and the partnerships needed to accelerate and harness advances in ocean science to achieve a better understanding of the ocean system.

Date de candidature
3-4 months
Humanités : Art et histoire de l'art