Every year since 1857, the Charlottenborg Foundation has invited artists to apply for admission to the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition. The exhibition's open call usually takes place in December. 

We received applications for Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition 2023 in the period 1 - 22 December 2022.


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    Guidance and conditions for applications

    You can apply online via our application platform. Further information and guidance can be found on this page and on the application platform.

    Who can apply for admission to the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition?2022-11-07T10:37:07+00:00

    Anyone can apply with up to five entries (work or series of works) in, but not limited to, the categories of art, architecture and craft/design. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Individuals as well as groups are welcome to apply.

    Who can apply for admission to the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition?2022-10-13T10:05:08+01:00

    Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition incorporates works by artists regardless of background, education and nationality. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals as well as groups are welcome to apply.

    How much does it cost?2022-09-26T10:20:18+01:00

    The application fee is DKK 575 and is paid online as the first step in the application process. The application cannot be completed and approved unless the payment has been made. Payment can be made with the following cards: Dankort, MasterCard, Visa, Visa Electron. You will receive a receipt of your purchase by email. Once your payment has been approved, you can upload your contributions and post-edit until the deadline.

    How many works can I apply for?2022-11-07T10:38:15+00:00

    You can apply with five entries (work or series of works) and for each entry you can upload up to four documentary images. You can apply in, but not limited to, the categories of art, architecture and craft/design.

    There is a time limit of 5 minutes on video, film, animation and other time-based works. The time limit only applies to the application viewing and not to the final screening of any accepted works. The Charlottenborg Foundation encourages applicants to add notes or additional descriptions of the uploaded works.

    The works must be no more than 2 years old from the date of application and must not have been exhibited before at other censored exhibitions in Denmark.

    What should I submit when I apply?2022-11-07T10:38:54+00:00

    All rounds of the censorship process are digital. This means that physical works will NOT be accepted for the jury's assessment.

    For ALL censor rounds (1st round/2nd round/3rd round), you must upload your entries digitally.

    The quality of the images of your entries must be such that the jury cannot be in any doubt about the appearance and character of the work. We accept the following digital formats and data types: .jpg, .gif, .png, .pdf, .swf, .mp4, .mp3, YouTube video or other online works (must be viewable on regular browser (e.g. Mozilla/Internet Explorer), URL to be inserted in the application.

    Please note: Do not let your data sizes be higher than necessary. We do not post-process/compress your files so also keep in mind that data-wise it should be reasonable for the jury to download and experience.

    When and how will I be informed if I have been included or not? 2022-09-26T10:28:24+01:00

    The jury's final decision will be sent out by email and all applicants will receive a reply around 13 January 2023. Once a work has been accepted for the exhibition, the applicant cannot request that the work not be exhibited. Nor can the applicant reclaim a work before the exhibition has ended.

    When are accepted contributions due?2022-09-26T10:48:59+01:00

    Your entry(s), if accepted by the jury, must be physically handed in to the Charlottenborg Foundation at Kunsthal Charlottenborg on Monday 23 January at 10-15. You will be notified on or about 13 January whether your entry(s) has been accepted. You should ONLY submit your work(s) if you have been accepted to exhibit at the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition.
    Works that cannot be submitted in person may be sent to the art gallery by arrangement with the Charlottenborg Foundation. The Charlottenborg Foundation does not cover costs associated with transport, transport insurance, etc.
    For video and film works that are selected for physical censorship, they must be submitted in full length and possibly in a higher resolution via transfer or on a USB stick to the Charlottenborg Foundation by arrangement.

    If I am accepted, do I get an exhibition fee?2022-11-07T10:36:03+00:00

    In the event that your work(s) is accepted for the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition 2023, the Charlottenborg Foundation will pay 2,500 DKK to each artist(group) to exhibit.


    If I am admitted, do I have to be in charge of hanging, building and installing myself?2022-11-07T10:43:09+00:00

    No, not if the works are small and can be easily placed or hung, but applicants who are admitted with larger installations are always responsible for their own constructions. It is up to the Charlottenborg Foundation to assess whether the applicant should be responsible for the installation.

    If I'm admitted, do I have to be in charge of technical equipment myself?2022-09-26T10:35:29+01:00

    In some cases, the Charlottenborg Foundation can provide a limited number of screens and speakers. For accepted works that require special equipment, such as film, video, sound, computer art, etc., the artist is responsible for the necessary equipment (rental, covering costs, etc.) and its set-up. The Charlottenborg Foundation may be responsible for the daily operation of the work during the exhibition period, provided that a simple operating manual is available. The Charlottenborg Foundation reserves the right to remove a work from the exhibition if it is not functioning properly. The artist (or a deputy) must be responsible for the daily operation of the work during the exhibition period if the work requires more extensive operation.

    If I am admitted, will I be responsible for insurance, packaging, transport of my works to and from Kunsthal Charlottenborg?2022-11-07T10:48:39+00:00

    Yes, you are responsible for packing and transporting your contribution(s) to Kunsthal Charlottenborg and for any transport insurance, as well as for unpacking and return transport after the exhibition has ended. The Charlottenborg Foundation does not cover any costs associated with this. Your contributions will be insured (only against burglary and fire) for the period they are at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. In your application, you must state the amount of insurance on your work(s). The sum insured includes the costs associated with the production/restoration of the work(s).

    If someone buys the work/works I exhibit, how is the payment done?2022-09-26T10:40:30+01:00

    The artist is responsible for all sales and must send an invoice to the customer. The Charlottenborg Foundation does not take any commission. It is proposed to set the sale price so that it includes everything the buyer sees (i.e. frames and the like), including information on whether or not the work exists in more than one copy, which must also be stated in the application. The Charlottenborg Foundation is not liable if a buyer drops out.

    What happens to my application material after the jury verdict?2020-11-05T12:07:11+00:00

    The uploaded files not accepted in the exhibition are deleted from the Charlottenborg Foundation's server after the jury's work is completed. The contributions assumed by the jury will remain on the Charlottenborg Foundation's server for use in the exhibition catalogue as well as for marketing and dissemination purposes in accordance with our privacy policy.

    What permissions do I need to grant?2020-11-05T12:07:57+00:00

    When you apply with pictures of your contribution(s), you give permission for the Charlottenborg Foundation and Kunsthal Charlottenborg to publish your contribution in the exhibition catalogue, and that imagery of your contribution(s) may be used by the press for publishing in connection with the media coverage of the Spring Exhibition, as well as for dissemination and advertising at the Spring Exhibition/Charlottenborg Foundation/Kunsthal Charlottenborg website, social media (Facebook and Instagram) etc. The applicant cannot claim royalties or other remuneration from the various media, the Charlottenborg Foundation or Kunsthal Charlottenborg in this regard. At the end of the exhibition period, entified artists may revoke their permit for use of the material in accordance with our privacy policy.

    If I want more information, who do I contact?12/2021 03/012:55:20+00:00

    Isabella Hemmersbach
    General manager
    Charlottenborg Foundation
    Tel. +45 4028 2941 (Monday-Friday 10am-2pm)

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