General Information

Since October 2002, international artists who do not normally reside in Austria have the opportunity to live and work at Q21 as Artists-in-Residence. By now, nine live/work studios are available in the MQ complex.

These studios will be predominantly linked to the cultural providers of Q21. In special cases, the studios can be allocated to applicants recommended by other cultural institutions.

The objective of this program is to expand the role of the MuseumsQuartier Wien as one of the world's largest contemporary cultural complexes over the medium and long term, above all through the active and continuous involvement of international creative artists, and to promote international cultural exchange, in particular with Austria's direct neighbours and other European countries.

The financing of the studio program is accomplished with the assistance of sponsors (currently / ERSTE Stiftung) and allows us to make the studios available free of charge along with a monthly stipend. Other cooperations exist with the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the program " Stiftung", and - since 2016 - with the Research Institute for Arts and Technology (RIAT).

Conditions and Award Process

Stipends in Q21 require the artists' presence on location, i.e. artists are required to spend at least three quarters of the stipend period in Vienna.
There are no age limits for stipends.
English language skills are required.
Decisions on awarding the artist studios are made by the management of MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH.

In order to apply for the Q21 residency, a recommendation of one of Q21’s over 50 cultural institutions is necessary.
Presentation of the recommendation by the cultural provider or other cultural institutions does not automatically establish the right to award of a stipend.
In case of events within the context of the Q21 Artist-in-Residence Program, the residency has to be mentioned on printed matters, press releases etc.

Compensation Provided by MuseumsQuartier E+B Ges.

MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH makes the studios available for the duration of the stipend including all utilities (note: no telephone connection currently available in the studios).
The artist is given EUR 1,050.00 per month to cover expenses. These funds are paid out by MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH.
Coordination of selection and time scheduling as well as support service for the artist in cooperation with the recommending institution.

Coordination and Supervision

The artist-in-residence program is currently coordinated by staff of the MQ E+B GesmbH. For the organization of travel to the MuseumsQuartier, the logistics of moving into the studio with an introduction to the MQ complex, and general questions and organizational matters, the artist can contact Q21 Coordination. A list with contacts will be provided to artists at the beginning of their stay.

Basic support for the recommended stipend recipients is primarily provided by the respective cultural provider. The objective is to involve the invited artists as intensively as possible in the operation of Q21. In particular, in the course of or as a result of their stay in the MQ, the international artists should also be given an opportunity to present their works or projects developed in collaboration with the inviting and supporting Q21 partners.


The applications for the artist-in-residence program are registered with the MQ E+B Ges. - Elisabeth Hajek ( using a registration form. If an applicant is chosen, he or she will receive confirmation in writing.
The following information must be provided in digital form no later than upon the registration of an artist:
•    Application letter
•    Completed application form → download
•    CV (name, education, exhibitions, professional experience, etc.)
•    Ideas or concrete project proposals for Q21
•    Visual or audio material, links


As a condition for award of the scholarship, written documentation including photographic material is to be submitted to the MQ E+B Ges. - Elisabeth Hajek ( in digital form upon completion of the visiting scholarship.

AiR Catalogues

The publications AiR 100 (2002 - 2006), AiR 200 (2006 - 2009) and AiR 300 (2009 - 2011) give an overview of all artists that have had a residency at Q21 since 2002. Among with short descriptions, these catalogues include detailed information on the artists and their works.