‘Art takes Nowhere from just being a party in the desert to being an amazing, unique event.’

Art and creativity are core to Nowhere.
They are an important aspect of what sets it apart from other events.
We would like to thank you for considering bringing art to Nowhere!

Nowhere 2022 ART GRANTS

Going Nowhere with your art installation? Getting an Artomobile ready to rock the Field of Dirt? Plan on blowing our minds with your live performance? Come and co-create with us, whether you’re  a well-seasoned (and dusted) artist, or a rising star discovering your inner calling to make awesome things in the heat and the dirt.

Always had some crazy idea in mind? Well, Nowhere is a place where you can create whatever you’ve always dreamed of making. It doesn’t need to be a giant portable pink elephant with wings on its head; but it can be!
There is no participation too small: artistic performance, big scale art, art for ants… We are eager to welcome your artistic contribution, and to help you bring it to the event.

Our grants offer you a refund of 100% of your expenses for build materials and transportation, up to a cap of 5000 EUR per art project.
Please make it as sustainable as is feasible !

Applications are closed for 2022.

Question, enquiries, queries?? Email us at

Even if you don’t require funding, you are encouraged to register your art piece so that we can include it in the map, mention it in the What Where When Guide so that your fellow Nobodies will know about it, and if you are a performer we can schedule your act in the Middle of Nowhere, our central event space.

Note that this grant is specifically for installations and artomobiles. If you are a musician or a performer of any kind, please have a look at the Performance Grants instead.

A note for transient pieces: if you’re deliberating whether your art project is a performance piece or an art installation- then please note that installations should be continuously displayed and available for interaction with the event’s participants, for most of the event time – i.e. Tuesday to Sunday.

If creative engineering is more your thing, and you have an innovative project, or want to make Nowhere a better, safer, more sustainable, and more environmentally-friendly space, check out the Innovation Grant page instead.

If you’d like to be on the Mobile Art Coordination Council (aka the Artomobile team), and help us year-round with escorting and supporting artists who are bringing “art cars” to Nowhere- then possibly there’s a place for you with us.

Please reach out to

Terms & Conditions

What we fund

  • Building materials for your installation or art vechicle. For example: wood, metal, screws, LEDs, fabrics, etc.
  • Transportation costs of the art piece. Fuel, highway tolls and ferry crossings are covered if you drive the art in, or shipping costs if you use a shipping company.
  • If you are a performing artist, we cover the transportation of any musical instruments, costumes, props or other materials you need for your performance
  • 3rd party professional services are refunded only in some cases. As a general rule, we prefer that build by yourself as much as possible, but in cases where you don’t have the equipment or skill to build a certain part it may be OK to pay someone to do it instead. Ask us before contracting any services !

What we don't fund

  • We do not cover the purchase of tools, sound systems, solar panels and other items with a long life and/or high resale and reuse value. The only exception to this is when these items get modified so much that it becomes impossibile to separate them from the installation or artomobile.
  • We do not pay artist fees or salaries. Your participation in Nowhere is not for profit. The time and energy you spend makng the art is a gift to the other participants.
  • We do not cover personal transport costs (e.g. your plane, train or bus ticket), unless it’s how you transport your art as well.
  • Your ticket to Nowhere. You must already have a ticket (or commit to buy one) to be eligible for an art grant. If tickets are sold out, please contact and we might be able to provide you with one (we keep some in reserve for artists, but we don’t keep them for long !)

If you are in doubt whether or not a certain expense is allowed, email us and ask us BEFORE you make the purchase

Before the event

  • We fund 3 categories of art: installations, artomobiles (mutant vehicles), and performances.
  • You apply by submitting the Art Registration Form (or if you are a performance artist, by writing to
  • Upon applying and providing all necessary information please allow 10-15 days for the team to process the proposal. We might also get back to you with questions and request more information as necessary, or point out potential issues, if any.
  • Once we are satisfied about your proposal, we will officially assign you a grant (which may be for the requested amount or less)
  • We will provide you with documentation on how to correctly make your purchases in a way that complies with our refund guidelines (they are quite strict this year, so read it carefully).
  • For installations and artomobiles, you will also be required to sign a waiver where you take full responsibility for any accident happening due to faults in the build or the operation of the piece (including unsafe driving in case of vehicles)
  • You will advance all expenses and build your art, keeping us updated on your progress, and asking any question about purchasing that you might have before you do any purchases you are uncertain about.
  • If your project needs time to set up on site, you should request early entry access for your team.

On site

  • Your installation should be up and ready by the end of day on Tuesday 5th. Likewise your artomobile should be ready to roll by the same time.
  • Aggressive, threatening, or abusive behavior towards any members of the art team, other volunteers or participants is not acceptable, no matter how much stress building your art has caused you and your team.
  • When the event ends, you are expected to remove your art and leave no trace behind you. You are expected to dispose of any leftover materials at the appropriate recycling facilities on site, or ask for space in a skip for materials that are not recyclable.
  • Failure to respect any of the above points will cause some or all of your funding to be revoked !

After the event

  • You should submit by email to a refund request including a detailed report of your expenses, including copies of all invoices and receipts, as necessary.
  • We will also ask you for your bank account information, and may request other details such as a copy of your id or passport as needed for accounting and tax compliance.
  • We will use and store this information only for the purpose of processing your refund.
  • We will review your refund request and ask for any additional documents and/or information that may be missing or incorrect.
  • Once we have all the necessary data we will let you know and proceed with a refund directly to your bank account.


  • Starting date for applying: March 8th 2022
  • Deadline to apply for grants: 1st June 2022
  • Grants are processed as we receive applications, with 10-15 days delay for processing and internal discussion by the team.
  • If your grant is approved, start building your art and keep us posted.
  • Keep your invoices and receipts according to the guidelines we will send you, or you won’t be able to claim a refund !
  • All funded art must be ready the end of the day on Tuesday 5th 2022
  • Performances should happen at the scheduled day and time.
  • Send your expense reports as soon as possible after the event and we will reimburse you within a few weeks of receiving them.
  • Deadline for presenting refund claims is 15th October 2022!