Call for Proposals

With this call for proposals, cultural workers, artists, mediators and interdisciplinary teams are invited to participate with project ideas.

KunstSpielOrte / ArtPlayPlaces in Messestadt München-Riem

KunstSpielOrte / ArtPlayPlaces host playful art or artistic play in public spaces. They are to be installed in Messestadt Riem in 2024. Applications and project proposals are invited from artists, cultural and art education professionals, and interdisciplinary teams. The budget per KunstSpielOrt is 25,000 to 80,000 euros gross.


Application Deadline

Project period: Project preparations start as of September 1, 2023 / temporary implementation in 2024.
Application deadline: May 31, 2023.

Submissions exclusively by e-mail by May 31, 2023, 11:59 pm, at the latest!


Playful art or artistic play?

Since the 1970s, the art world has been developing accessible and participatory play spaces. Munich has embraced this concept and our municipality is keen to try out the idea of KunstSpielOrte/ArtPlayPlaces for everyone in Messestadt Riem. They may include interventions, objects or projects that create the opportunity for people to come together in public spaces. Individuals of all ages, cultural backgrounds or physical abilities should be able to engage actively and creatively with art and play.

All types of proposal are welcome, ranging from artistic installations, participatory play or hitherto unimagined formats. The main aim is to involve people of all ages in creating the project, bringing it to completion and enjoying the completed KunstSpielOrt/ ArtPlayPlace, with art and play remaining central to the entire project.

We intend to host a symposium in October 2024 to evaluate progress once our experimental KunstSpielOrte/ArtPlayPlaces have been in operation for one year. In the longer term, the experience we glean in Riem may be used in the development of one or more future KunstSpielOrte/ ArtPlayPlaces.

This call for proposals invites all interested cultural and art education professionals, artists, and interdisciplinary teams to submit their project proposals.

There are no particular format requirements for these KunstSpielOrte/ArtPlayPlaces and all forms of artistic creation are welcome. What is important is:

  • that art and play enter into a mutual relationship;
  • that this occurs in the public space of Messestadt Riem and engages with this district and the people who live here;
  • that people and/or initiatives (associations, institutions) from Messestadt Riem are able to participate actively either in the creation and development of the project, in its implementation or in the completed project itself;
  • that the project can be adapted to each age group in at least one respect;
  • that the project is instantly accessible to all and that people from different backgrounds can also connect with it.


Who can apply?

  • Artists, cultural and art education professionals, and interdisciplinary teams from Munich, Germany and the whole world are invited to apply.
  • Applications in cooperation with local institutions from Messestadt Riem are welcome. Please feel free to use our networking and information meetings (see schedule) or contact us.
  • We welcome diverse applications from as many groups as possible.

About the venues in Messestadt Riem

Messestadt Riem – potential implementation sites

Messestadt Riem is one of Munich’s newest districts. It is located in the east of the city on the site of Munich-Riem Airport, which was closed in 1992. With its plentiful open spaces, urban infrastructure and committed residents (pioneers in car-free living, zero-energy houses), it is an ideal place to experiment with new art formats and novel ideas.

We welcome submissions for projects in the public spaces in Messestadt: parks, sidewalks, plazas, all publicly accessible spaces. These locations are given purely for illustrative purposes and no guarantee can be given that any specific art intervention would receive approval.

For further information on Messestadt Riem, see:

Local collaborative partners

Messestadt already has many committed initiatives and stakeholders.

Please feel free to take part in our information events where you can get to know potential project partners and find out more about the project:


The implementation of the art projects will be carried out by the artists, cultural and art education professionals, and the interdisciplinary teams. They will receive support from a production agency committed to all selected projects. It will be responsible for the organizational/technical coordination and preparation of the individual KunstSpielOrte/ArtPlayPlaces, and deal, for example, with administrative matters (permits, insurance, etc.) and the procurement of technical equipment.

For this purpose, the production office will draw up a contract with each project manager and pay any fees incurred. Production costs are borne exclusively by the production office.

Press and public relations will be handled by another agency.

Submission process

Submissions exclusively by e-mail by May 31, 2023, 11:59 pm, at the latest!

The application must include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae / portfolio
  • Letter of motivation / statement
  • Project description:
    • Please explain your project proposal in detail.
    • Please include answers to the following questions:
    • Artistic play or playful art? How do art and play come together in your project?
    • What does participation mean in your project? Which aspects of your project are participatory?
    • Which target group(s) do you seek to address with your project? Which aspects of your project appeal to different age groups and people of different backgrounds?
    • How does your project engage with this location? Please comment on artistic engagement with the site and with urban society in Messestadt Riem.
  • Cost plan:
    List of estimated (gross) total costs of the project including all material and production costs as well as fees with hourly rates. (Calculate fair fees in the spirit of “art but fair”).
    General press and public relations work does not need to be included in the cost plan.
  • Statements on sustainability: The City of Munich seeks to become more ecologically sustainable. Briefly describe which aspects of your project will take account of the environment and sustainability in its implementation.
  • A poster (A2) with a brief presentation of your project for the pre-selection exhibition in Messestadt Riem

Please submit your project applications as a PDF (max. 10 pages + poster) by e-mail. The file must be no larger than 10 MB. Send your project entry to If this is not possible, in exceptional cases you may send your application to the following address:

Landeshauptstadt München Kulturreferat
Abt. 3 / KunstSpielOrte
Burgstraße 4
80331 München

Any questions before submitting your application?

Feel free to get in touch with us. We will be happy to advise you!

Decision-making process

All project posters submitted (see “Submission process”) will be exhibited in Messestadt for two days. They will be evaluated by visitors to the exhibition, allowing Messestadt residents to cast their own vote and pick their favorite ideas. This will be reflected in the final vote taken by the Department of Cultural Affairs.

We will inform you in September 2023 whether your project application has been successful.


Further information and two short films in German can be found at Musenkuss-München.
To Musenkuss-München


Call for Proposals
KunstSpielOrte/ArtPlayPlaces in Messestadt Riem (Munich)
The printout

Frequently asked questions

All criteria should be taken into consideration, but need not all have the same priority. Please comment on the different criteria and explain your priorities.

Yes. However, it should always invite active, artistic/playful engagement and/or be developed or produced in a participatory manner.

Projects can be of any duration, but preparations may not begin before Sept. 1, 2023 and projects must be completed or dismantled by Dec. 31, 2024.

The KunstSpielOrte/ArtPlayPlaces in Messestadt are intended as a field trial and may serve as inspiration for future KunstSpielOrte/ArtPlayPlaces.

No, you can decide what form of participation you will propose and in what ways local people will be involved. Please explain exactly what the participatory implementation will look like.

Ideally, KunstSpielOrte/ArtPlayPlaces should appeal to all age groups.

The idea is to create new, non-commercial meeting places that offer opportunities for active, cross-generational participation in public spaces.

There should be options that everyone can use depending on what suits them best in terms of age, gender, background, or individual capabilities. In essence: KunstSpielOrte/ArtPlayPlaces should offer everyone something they can connect with, although it does not necessarily have to be the same thing for everyone.

You can apply for 25,000 to 80,000 euro for your project. Costs must be reasonable, fees must be fair and set out in as much detail as possible in the cost plan.

Between three and eight projects will be selected, depending on the funding applied for. A total of 240,000 euro is available for the KunstSpielOrte / ArtPlayPlaces.

Come along to our information events. That will give you a chance to get to know potential project partners and find out more about the project:

Do feel free to contact us directly too.

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