Danish Art Foundation

Can Lis – Residencies on Mallorca for architects and others

Grants for residencies at Can Lis on Mallorca for Danish and non-Danish architects and others


Who may apply?

Priority is placed on applicants from Denmark’s two schools of architecture and on civil engineering students from the University of Aalborg (department of architecture and design).  One month is reserved, as far as possible, for an international candidate working mainly outside of Denmark who may have some special link with the relevant field or with Jørn Utzon.

Other individuals dealing with architectonic problems as part of a research study or project are also eligible.  So too are artists working, in a broader sense, with architecture – painters, for example, or applied artists and designers.

Can Lis is open to the public on the following dates in 2018:

 2nd of June

30th of June

12th of August

16th of September

20th of October

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Purpose of the program

The Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Architecture, together with the Utzon Foundation, wishes to give architects and other individuals working with or interested in the architecture of Jørn Utzon and his work in general the chance to spend some time in residence at Can Lis, Jørn Utzon’s house on Mallorca.

About Can Lis
This house is an ascetic and wholly consistent building which - due to the materials used, its location, its quite unique interiors and distinctive architectonic form - is the perfect place to spend a longer period totally immersed in one’s work. Next application deadline is 6th of September 2017 for the periods listed below.

A residency is available for the following periods in 2018:

For the application deadline on February 8th 2018 you can apply for the following periods in 2018:

27th of October - 16th of November

17th of November - 14th of December

The house has just a couple of small bedrooms and is generally speaking quite modestly furnished.  It sits atop a cliff with no fencing or railings around it.  We recommend, therefore, that residents arrange to stay there alone or with a partner.  We do not recommend taking small children to Can Lis.

How your application will be evaluated?

In assessing an application priority will be given to residencies which will further the study of, or the promotion of, Jørn Utzon’s work –directly or in a broader sense.  After their stay residents will be asked to submit a brief report on the results of their residency.

The Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Architecture will not grant stays of shorter duration than the stated periods.

Who will evaluate your application?

The Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Architecture assesses each application on its individual merits.

How much you may apply for?

Accommodation at Can Lis is free for the duration of the residency.  Residents are also provided with a travel grant of DKK 5,500 per month from the Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Architecture, to cover general living expenses.  All other costs must be covered by residents themselves.

What the application must contain?

The application must contain an explanation of the reasons for the desired residency.

The following files should be attached to the application form:

  • C.V.(max. 2 A4 pages)
  • A detailed description of the purpose of the residency (max. 5 A4 pages)
  • Artistic documentation (e.g. picture files) (max. 5 A4 pages).

Once you have submitted the application

Applicants will be advised of the committee’s decision within three months from the deadline for applications.

Application form as PDF?

All applications to the Danish Arts Foundation must be submitted electronically via the online application form. However, many applicants find it helpful to familiarize themselves with the requirements in the online form before submitting any application. You can review a preview version of the form below. Please keep in mind, that the preview is for preparatory orientation only.

Click here to preview the online application form (NB the form cannot be filled in)


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