2023 Prince Claus Fund & Goethe-Institut Mentorship Award Cultural & Artistic Response to Environmental Change

Deadline: April 30, 2023.

Cultural & Artistic Responses to Environmental Change is a year-long interdisciplinary programme aimed at accelerating engaged community-based cultural practices at the intersection of arts and the environment, initiating an international network of creatives, and fostering leadership. Through this programme they create a platform to explore critical artistic practices, connect engaged practitioners across the world, stimulate cross-disciplinary exchange and new perspectives on environmental change.

The mentorship brings together 12 mid-career artists and cultural practitioners (± 8-15 years of relevant professional experience) with four mentors, all working across a range of disciplines and environmental issues. In order to foster conversation and collaboration within the cohort, and to support each artist in their own individual practice, this programme (designed considering the needs of the selected participants) includes different types of interaction such as workshops, guest talks and peer-to-peer sessions. Most of the activities are online as the participants are coming from different locales, but twice they come together in person for the two Lab Weeks (week-long mentoring intensives). Additionally, there is a collective project in the form of a publication that they will co-create. 


Through this mentorship programme they aim to:

  • support critical and unconventional work by mid-career artists working on a range of issues related to the global commons, environmentalism, the climate crisis, and climate justice;
  • stimulate leadership of individuals whose artistic work fosters awareness, social cohesion and empathy;
  • accelerate the artistic practices of artists and cultural practitioners who show a commitment to their communities and to creating lasting change through environmental activism;
  • strengthen and amplify new perspectives on environmentalism, the climate crisis and climate justice.


  1. Support is only given to individual persons from, living, registered and working in our working countries, you can find the full list of eligible countries here.
  2. This mentorship programme is specifically meant for individuals with ±8-15 years of relevant professional experience, individuals who do not have this level of experience are not eligible to participate in the programme. 
  3. The Goethe-Institut and Prince Claus Fund hold a broad disciplinary understanding of arts and culture. By artists and cultural practitioners they mean people who have an individual artistic practice – be it as a visual artist, curator, writer, musician, performer, designer, architect, interdisciplinary artist, etc. Individuals who are arts managers, facilitators, academic researchers, or others, without an individual artistic practice are not considered to fall under this category, and as such are not eligible to apply. 


The Prince Claus Fund and Goethe-Institut cover the costs related to the mentorship programme itself, including travel expenses, visa costs and stay. Individuals are responsible for their own travel insurance. Further details on the covered expenses are communicated with successful applicants at a later date. 


To apply you need to: 

  1. Create an account on the Prince Claus Awards Platform and start a new submission for the Prince Claus Mentorship Award: Cultural & Artistic Responses to Environmental Change
  2. Fill in all required fields and attachments. You can save the application and complete it later up until the deadline. If you have any questions along the way, please refer to their FAQ or e-mail them at [email protected]


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