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Coordination team Heidelberg UNESCO City of Literature
Dr. Andrea Edel, Phillip Koban, Claudia Kramatschek, Stefan Kaumkötter
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Heidelberg
Haspelgasse 12
69117 Heidelberg
Telefon +49 6221 58-33000

View on Dilsberg (Photo: Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis)

Artist’s Residence Dilsberg

Writer in Residence Program

The call for proposals for the artist residency 2024 is closed

An application for the 2024 artist residency was possible until September 17, as indicated below. Applications received after this date can unfortunately no longer be considered.
We thank you for your interest!
The next call for applications for the biennial residency program is expected in summer 2025.

About the programm

View from the castle on the Commandant’s House. Photo: Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis

Work Grant awarded by the "Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e.V." in cooperation with Heidelberg UNESCO City of Literature for authors from UNESCO Cities of Literature
in the “Commandant’s House Dilsberg”, at Dilsberg Fortress, in Neckargemünd (approximately 14 km from Heidelberg).
The building served as the Commandant’s quarters of the Dilsberg garrison in the 17th century. The former Commandant’s House was acquired 1996 and renovated by the Rhein-Neckar-District. Since then the "Commandant’s House Dilsberg" has been a center for the promotion of art and culture: exhibitions, chamber music concerts, open-air concerts, readings, symposia and discussion rounds enrich the cultural life of the region. Here, art, music, and literature grant holders find a creative work sphere.
The duration of the biennial scholarship is 3 months with residence obligation in the Commandant’s House Dilsberg.

Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
Signet City of Literature Heidelberg

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Former Residency (Spring 2020/2022)

Judith Rossell, writer in residence 2020/22, on the Old Bridge in Heidelberg.

The Australian children's book author and illustrator Judith Rossell was the literature fellow of the Rhine-Neckar Cultural Foundation and the UNESCO City of Literature Heidelberg in 2020/2022. On 1 February 2020 she took up the three-month writer-in-residence at the Dilsberg Commandant's House. Due to the Covid-19-pandely she had to interrupt her residency and returned in spring 2022.

Author´s website: https://judithrossell.com/

Former Residency (Spring 2018)

Pippa Goldschmidt from Edinburgh has been the stipendiat in 2018, here on Heidelberg´s market square.

The author and PhD astrophysicist Pippa Goldschmidt from Edinburgh was the first joint literature fellow of the Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e.V. and Heidelberg UNESCO City of Literature. On February 1, 2018, she had begun a three-month residency at Kommandantenhaus Dilsberg. 

Author´s website: https://www.pippagoldschmidt.co.uk/