The third edition of its EIB Institute’s Artists Development Programme, targeting young (under 35) visual artists from the EU Member States is now open for application until 20 February 2015.

It will focus on “The Imprint of Man – Representing the Anthropocene” with leading British artist Darren Almond as a mentor.

The programme provides an opportunity for an emerging visual artist to develop her/his practice at the highest level during a 4-6 weeks residency in Luxembourg in June/July 2015by creating a new (body of) work(s) on the selected theme, using photography, video, installations and/or new media. During this time, she/he will be mentored by a leading peer, internationally acclaimed British artist Darren Almond. The main practical objective of the programme is to help bring about the production for an independent innovative artistic project.

Applicants must be EU nationals or reside in an EU country. They should be fluent in English.

 A jury consisting of members of the EIB Institute Arts Committee and staff, external arts professionals and the mentor will evaluate the applications and select the artist in residence. It bases its selection on the proposal submitted answering the creative brief, the potential impact of the residency on the applicant’s career, and the relevance of the applicant’s practice to the cultural context of the EIB Institute.

The selected candidate will be informed via email by the end of March/ beginning of April 2015.

 The EIB Institute will take over the artist’s travel costs to and from Luxembourg. This includes a stopover to visit the mentor, Darren Almond, at his studio in London. The artist in residence will also receive a stipend (EUR 100 per day). At the end of the residency, he will receive a success fee of EUR 1,500, provided she/he has produced an artwork.

 The artist will be provided a living/working space located in Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster, situated in the culturally rich Grund district of Luxembourg City.

Upon completion of the residency, the EIB might consider acquiring the artwork(s), which was/were produced on site, from the artist. 

Application procedure


  1. CV (in English);
  2. Scanned copy of the passport or identity card;
  3. A letter of motivation/intent specifying personal drive and expectations for the programme together with a concept for the theme proposed for the residency (maximum 500 words, in English);
  4. Portfolio of visual documentation of several works, best characterising the art of the applicant (in PDF, four A4 pages maximum);
  5. Names and contacts of two professional referees, familiar with the art of the applicant.
  6. A brief reference in the body of the email on how the applicant found out about the programme. 

Any application which does not comply with the set requirements will automatically be eliminated.

Deadline for application is 20 February 2015 at midnight (GMT+1). Applications must be fully completed and submitted in due time in order to be considered.

The applications should be sent digitally to Ms Delphine Munro. (


About Darren Almond

Darren Almond (born in Wigan, 1971) is a leading British visual artist, whose practice encompasses sculpture, film, photography, and works on paper. He graduated from Winchester School of Art in Winchester (UK) with a B.F.A. in 1993. In 2005, Almond was a finalist for the Turner Prize. He has had one-person museum exhibitions at Tate Britain, London; the Kunsthalle Zürich; de Appel Centre for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam; The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; and SITE Santa Fe, among others. Almond also participated in the 2003 Venice Biennale.

Solo shows in 2014: Darren Almond Second Thoughts, Art Tower Mito, Mito; In the Shadows of Words, Bloomberg Space, London; Darren Almond, Matthew Marks, Los Angeles; Darren Almond, Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Napoli; To Leave a Light Impression, White Cube, London.

His works are included in the collections of the MoMA (New York), the Saatchi Collection (London), the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), the Rubell Family Collection (Miami) and the Kramlich Collection (San Francisco) among others.