Eichstätt Lithography Residency

There are places to come from and places to go, photography by Li Portenlanger

The Society of Scottish Artists is delighted to be working in partnership with Li Portenlänger, Director of Lithographie-Werkstatt Eichstätt in Bavaria, Germany to offer a bi-annual Lithography Residency Prize which includes a period of time working in the studio and a solo exhibition with opening reception.

The residency includes visits to local sites of cultural and historical interest, including the lithographic limestone quarry Solnhofen providing a paleontological background to this historic medium. The residency is normally 2 weeks, the exact duration and dates will be agreed to suit both the artist and studio.

Also, a visit to The University Library of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt to view pieces from the studio’s ‘Lithography Collection’, which is expanding every year and includes lithographs from various artist residencies in Eichstatt.

Lithographie-Werkstatt Eichstätt is a small, well-equipped studio specialising in stone lithography and focusing on promoting this unique printmaking method in Eichstatt and internationally.

This award is for a self-motivated artist who has prior experience of working in stone lithography. The applicant must include a referee to verify technical skills. The artist will gain experience of the unique way Li works with stone lithography at the studio. The aim of the residency will be to offer an opportunity to add to and expand on their existing knowledge and experience of working in this medium.

Li Portenlänger, Studio Director is a practising artist and lithographer herself who regularly visits Scotland and has worked at Edinburgh Printmakers as a visiting artist.

Daily allowance and accommodation in St Walburg Guest House are provided by the Lithographie-Werkstatt Eichstätt along with all studio fees.

Award winners will be required to cover their own transport costs to and from Germany.

The award will also include an invitation to exhibit a piece of work created during the Residency at a subsequent Annual Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

All artists working in lithography anywhere in the world are welcome to apply, although artists do have to be a member of the Society of Scottish Artists to apply.

Membership of the Society is open to all artists and you can join online today. There is no additional submission fee to apply for the Residency.

Membership of the Society of Scottish Artists provides a number of benefits which are listed on our website. Join online: http://www.s-s-a.org/membership/join-us/


Aleksandra Kargul previous prize winner, photograph by Li Portenlanger

“Stone Lithography is a magical process and limestone is an amazing material to work with. Drawing on a stone with crayons and litho tusche allows me to add detail but at the same time marks can be very spontaneous. I found stone lithography fascinating but also very mysterious. There is always something new to try.” – Aleksandra Kargul, previous prize winner. See Aleksandra’s blog post Eichstätt 


Prepare ONE PDF document containing the following:

  • Your name, contact details
  • Link to your website
  • 10 images of recent work with at least 5 being in stone lithography. Label each work with TITLE, MEDIUM, DIMENSIONS.
  • Up to 500 words on your interest in, skills and experience of working in stone lithography and it’s relevance to your practice.
  • Up to 500 words on Why you are interested in this opportunity? What you will bring to the residency and how it will benefit your practice?
  • A C.V. – no more than one A4 page
  • Name and email address of one referee who can verify your technical skills in stone Lithography

Email your PDF document to submissions@s-s-a.org  stating  ‘Lithography Residency Submission’ in the email subject box
DEADLINE:  31 March 2018

Alastair Clark, Studio Director, Edinburgh Printmakers
Jenny Smith, Visual Artist and SSA Council member
Catherine Hiley, Printmaker and previous Prize Winner
Aleksandra Kargul, Printmaker, previous Prize Winner and SSA Council Member
Sharon Quigley or Paul Charlton, SSA President/Vice President

Catherine A.Hiley in Eichstätt

“I loved being in Eichstätt, which is a very beautiful little town with colourful ornate baroque architecture. There was a market with local produce twice a week. I liked especially going for walks in the woods that cover the slopes of the river valley. One late afternoon walk which led up to the castle which houses the museum and the beautiful formal garden, then unexpectedly led on to a small baroque chapel, which is also on the south German part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago di Compostela in Spain. This experience of walking in the woods fed directly into one of my prints “Am Frauenberg” and also the composite piece “Finding the Green Man” – Catherine A Hiley, Previous Prize winner


Further information

Blog post: Aleksandra Kargul, Winner of Eichstaett Prize
Li Portenlänger: Invention of lithography and the Solnhofen quarries