Friends of the KHM e.V.

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Friends of KHM e.V.

The Freundeskreis founded in 1924 to promote the Cologne Werkschulen (1879-1993) decided to continue its tradition after its closure and the re-establishment of the Cologne Academy of Media Arts (1989).
The only German art college, whose primary task is the artistic and scientific development of all media arts, needs ideal and material support - that is the great conviction of the Association of Friends of the KHM.
As a non-profit association, it supports artistic concerns and special projects of the KHM. In particular, it enables projects, exhibitions and publications by students that would not be possible without this funding. In addition, outstanding artistic achievements by KHM students and graduates are honored annually in the form of various prizes.
Personalities from the cultural, economic and social life of Cologne as well as alumni of the KHM are involved in the Association of Friends of the KHM.

Become a member or founder of the Association of Friends of the Art Academy for Media Cologne e.V. and support and accompany art and budding artists in the region.
- The members of the association are regularly invited to the events of the art college and informed about their important events.
- With the Great Art Prize (7,500 euros) of the Association of Friends of the KHM and their scholarships (6,000 euros), the members and donors promote outstanding artistic achievements by students once a year and present the award winners to the public.
- The annual membership fee is: at least 60 euros for private individuals; 150 euros for companies and institutions; 30 euros for students and graduates (in the first three years after graduation).
- Private individuals, companies or institutions who donate a one-off amount of at least 5,000 euros are also considered to be the association's founders.
The annual contributions, foundations and donations are tax-deductible.
Contact: / +49 221 20189 111

The gallery owner Christian Nagel has been the new chairman of the Friends of the KHM since October 2017, after Prof. Henrik R. Hanstein, who headed the Verein der Freunde with great commitment for over 25 years, retired from office. Prof. Henrik H. Hanstein was awarded the honorary senatorship of the KHM on November 24, 2017 in the senate of the KHM.
Previously sponsored prizes for special artistic achievements:

Great Art Prize of the Friends of the KHM for outstanding artistic achievements by diploma students and graduates (each amounting to EUR 10,000):
2016: Joscha Steffens (7.500 EUR) sowie als Förderpreis an Miriam Gossing und Lina Sieckmann (2.500 EUR); 2017: Stefan Ramírez Pérez; 2018: Beryl Magoko; 2019: George Demir.

Advancement awards for young students (each amounting to 2,000 euros):

2010: Alfons Knogl, Isabelle Prahl; 2011: Simon Paetau; 2012: Sina Seifee, Gerald Schauder; 2013: Rozbeh Asmani, Vera Drebusch; 2014: Ali Chakav, Nieves De La Fuente Gutiérrez, Angelika Herta; 2015: Fabian Epe, Stephanie Glauber, Milica Lopicic, Mia Matz, Rahel Pötsch, Hermes Villena; 2016: Sophia Bauer, Walter Solon und Lei Xi; 2017: Augustina Andreoletti, Anne Arndt und  Florian Dedek; 2018: Danila Lipatov, Max Mauro Schmid, Maja Tschumi; 2019: Anna Ehrenstein, Lisa Gerig, Hye Young Sin; 2020: Luise Flügge, Maximilian Karakatsanis-Schmidt, Shuree Sarantuya.

Information for students / applications for financial support from the Association of Friends of the KHM
Students can apply for financial support for their artistic endeavors.

This can be a subsidy for travel expenses, exhibitions, exchange semesters, transport costs, publications, etc. Diploma projects, on the other hand, cannot be funded.
An application for support from the Freundeskreis must be formally sent to:

Verein der Freunde der
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln e.V.
Brüsseler Str. 85
50672 Köln

Please submit the application to the KHM Rector's Office, attn. Susanne Hackländer (if possible four weeks before), Peter-Welter-Platz 2, in person or send it by email

Please enclose the following documents with your application letter:
• detailed project description, possibly illustrative material
• Information about the amount of the desired funding (maximum amount: € 1,000)
• precise calculation of all costs
• Written recommendation from a supervising professor
After it has been checked by the rectorate, the application will be forwarded to the Freundeskreis.
The funded project (exhibition, publication, etc.) should contain a reference to funding by the Friends of the KHM (possibly with a logo).

Verein der Freunde der Kunsthochschule für Medien
Köln e.V.

Brüsseler Straße 85, 50672 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 257 0591


Christian Nagel (Vorsitzender), Isabel Apiarius-Hanstein (Stellv. Vorsitzende), Dr. Max F. Krawinkel (Schatzmeister), Caroline Kox, Antonio de Luca, Stephanie Schwarze, and ex officio: Prof. Mathias Antlfinger (Rektor der KHM)

Address / headquarter

Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Peter-Welter-Platz 2
D-50676  Cologne
Fon: +49 221 20189 - 0
Fax: +49 221 20189 - 17

Rector's Office

Susanne Hackländer
Fon: +49-221-20189-111

Assistant to the Rectorate
Heidrun Hertell
Fon: +49-221-20189-130

Press / PR office

Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Peter-Welter-Platz 2
D-50676 Köln
Fon: +49 221 20189 - 135 / - 330
Fax: +49 221 20189 - 49135

Fire Protection Officer

Markus Fabricius

Tel.: +49 221 20189 – 264

Guard duty

Fon: +49 221 20189 - 105
Mobil: +49 173 7480228

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