Artists in Residence
The scholarship is intended for graduates of the jewelry course at Pforzheim University. Every year an international jury selects one or two scholarship recipients from the list of applicants who then have the opportunity to work for three to six months in the museum’s jewelry workshop. The Artist-in-Residence grant is a joint project of the Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin and the C. Hafner Gold and Silver Refinery. Together they seek to preserve the knowledge and skills of the endangered artisanal manufacturing techniques for jewelry and support young jewelry designers in their creative work.
The scholarship is part of the “Manufactory Jewelry Design” project, which was given the “Best Practice” designation in 2015 by the German UNESCO Commission. The project is an example of how museums can not only preserve tangible objects, but intangible cultural heritage as well. The project gives young designers access to machines and tools that are rarely seen outside of a museum – and especially not ones that are operative. They will be taught how to use the machines by the jewelry production staff and can then work independently on their designs.
Visitors to the Deutsches Technikmuseum have the opportunity to see the historical machines in action in the jewelry workshop. Both the scholarship holders and the tour guides demonstrating the machines are happy to provide insight into jewelry production. The fact that the historical machines and tools are not used to artificially reproduce a previous production but rather harnessed to develop new modern designs is what makes this exhibit distinctive. The museum workshop and its exhibits are thus brought back to life. Research, experimentation and considerable creativity stand at the center of the workshop’s activities. The resulting products range from art objects to serially produced jewelry pieces.
You can find out more about the scholarship on the blog (in German) kept by the scholarship holders during their stay at the Deutsches Technikmuseum. They use the blog to document their overall impressions as well as their production steps.
10 Year Anniversary
The scholarship will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2021. The festivities included an exhibition put on by the Deutsches Technikmuseum in cooperation with the Noon Gallery in Berlin. Interested parties were cordially invited to take a look at ten years worth of work that the scholarship has produced. Many of the artists were at the opening in person.
Selected pieces will be presented in the gallery until Christmas.