Goethe Institut Studio Quantum Residence Program 2024

Deadline: 11th of February, 2024

For the Goethe Institut Studio Quantum residence program in 2024, applications are currently being accepted. A brand-new global program of artist-in-residence and events from the Goethe-Institut that examines developing quantum technologies from an artistic perspective.

An open discussion on the subject of quantum technologies and the arts will be promoted by the Studio Quantum residency program and its accompanying event series, which will link artists and audiences with partners in technology, culture, research, and education.

Building on the success of the “Living in a Quantum State” initiative, which held talks with audiences on the potential effects of quantum technology in the future in Dublin, Berlin, London, Beijing, and San Francisco, Studio Quantum aims to further explore these topics.

Artists based in the following project regions are eligible to apply for the Studio Quantum residencies in 2024: Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, India (Karnataka and Kerala states), and South Africa.For each place, one artist will be chosen to represent them.Artists will be asked to use the residencies as an opportunity to either produce work utilizing quantum technology available via the cloud, or to go to a new area and incorporate quantum technologies into their subject matter. Artists are also encouraged to investigate novel approaches and modes of creative creation made possible by quantum technology.


Artists applying to the Studio Quantum artist-in-residence programme should:

  • Have an interest in technology and innovation, demonstrated through previous work.
  • Be established in their practice.
  • Be interested in learning about or developing their understanding of quantum technologies.
  • Be motivated to work with experts and partners in cultural, educational and tech sectors.
  • Contribute to a new global network of experts, cultural partners, scientist and artists to share their findings/work in a professional setting.
  • Participate in one event (format tbc – interview, presentation, discussion etc) as part of their residency.
  • The artists selected should be willing to participate in or contribute to a project showcase in Germany in November 2024. For the artists participating in the residencies in autumn 2024, this can include remote participation and presentation of preliminary findings.
  • Be proficient in English (C1+)   

Participating artists will be connected with local experts in both the cultural and technology sectors as well as a global network via an eight-week tutorial. All artists-in-residence will be invited to participate in public events in each location and present work and/or findings at a project showcase in Germany in 2024.

All residencies will be two months in length.  Applicants must be willing to travel for a minimum of 4-8 weeks as part of this programme.  Each location will provide a unique network of project partners. Please see below:

JUNE – JULY 2024

Dublin, Ireland Hosted in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut IrlandTrinity College DublinCONNECT – the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and CommunicationsProject Arts Centre and The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art.
Johannesburg, South Africa Hosted in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut South Africa and local partners.
Lagos, Nigeria Hosted in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Nigeria and local partners.


Karlsruhe, Germany Hosted in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, ZKM and KIT/ITAS.
Rotterdam, Netherlands Hosted in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut NetherlandsV2 and project partners.
Bangalore, India Hosted in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Bangalore and the Science Gallery Bangaluru.

Please note: Only artists based in Germany may apply for the residency in Bangalore, India and only artists from Karnataka and Kerala may apply for the Studio Quantum residencies.

Mexico City, Mexico Hosted in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Mexico and project partners.
London, United Kingdom Hosted in partnership with the Goethe-Institut London, the Science Gallery London and the Department of Physics, King’s College London.

Please note:The Studio Quantum London residency is aimed particularly at writers and/or poets. For additional information please see here.

As part of their residency, artists will be invited to take part in a tutorial comprised of two weekly sessions over a period of eight weeks. Experts from around the world in both the cultural sector and the field of quantum technologies will present at the tutorial.

In addition to the tutorial, artists should be willing to independently arrange meetings or calls with the experts in technology, research and cultural organisations throughout their residency time. Where possible, the Goethe-Institut will assist with contacts.

Each artist will participate in one event organised by the Goethe-Institut during their residency time. (e.g. a talk, a presentation of preliminary work or approaches, participation at a local festival, an interview or networking event).

A production budget of up to 3000 EUR, travel costs, accommodation and an honorarium will be provided for all Studio Quantum artists-in-residence.

Travel costs will be covered according to distance (incl. any/all luggage, transfers, local transport etc.).  The final amount allocated will be dependent on distance travelled.


The following documents and materials should be prepared for the Studio Quantum application:

1. A short proposal outlining the focus of the residency time and what you would hope to achieve, research, develop or create.

2. Indicate which theme your proposal aligns with the most:

  • Quantum technologies, sustainability and climate change.
  • Quantum technologies and artificial intelligence.
  • Quantum technologies, data security and data encryption.
  • Wildcard

3. An indication of the preferred residency location (Number one is the first choice, then number two, and so on. E.g., 1. Lagos, 2. Karlsruhe 3. Dublin).Artists should fill out all three locations.

4. A proposed production budget of up to 3000 EUR for the residency period relating to the outline above that covers any materials required.

5. An up-to-date C.V. including links to websites and previous work.

We kindly ask for the following documents to be submitted in the form of one continuous PDF document (max. 4 pages in total). 

  • Artist CV + artist bio – max 2 pages
  • Artist Proposal + Budget – max 2 pages
  • You will be prompted to create a profile on gap-online.goethe.de.See below for link.

Please note:   

  • Submitting a proposed production budget does not guarantee that all costs will be covered.
  • Location preferences will be taken into consideration but cannot be guaranteed.
  • All proposals should be original concepts and ideas


12.01.2024 – 11.02.2024  Open Call
19.02. – 17.03.2024 Jury reviews applications
18.03 – 28.03.2024  Artists offered residencies and can accept until 28.03.2024

Please contact quantum@goethe.de if you have any questions about the application or nomination process.

Click here to apply 

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