Akademie Schloss Solitude

Akademie Schloss Solitude is a public foundation with a residency program which provides living and working opportunities for young international artists in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. The fellows and guests are invited to present their work to the public in form of readings, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and other public events.

If other, please specify?:

International artists and scientists from the following spheres of practice can apply for a fellowship: VISUAL (visual arts and media), AURAL & PHYSICAL (music and performing arts), DIGITAL/Digital Solitude (digital art, gaming, digital journalism, digital publishing), SPATIAL (architecture and design), TEXTUAL (literature and language), SOCIETAL/COMMUNAL-BASED WORK (education, mediation, theory), SCIENTIFIC/art, science & business (humanities, social, natural and economic sciences.)
Residency Programme since: 1990
Description of Organisation: Akademie Schloss Solitude is an international Artist-in-Residence Program and has supported approximately 1,400 young artists from more than 120 countries since opening its doors in 1990. It creates a close-knit, global and transdisciplinary network of Solitude alumni that expands from year to year.

The name Akademie Schloss Solitude unites the belief in artistic, scientific exchange with the notion of a refuge, a credo which underlays the construction of the Schloss Solitude from the very beginning. Residencies at Akademie Schloss Solitude enable fellows to devote themselves to their research projects under favorable material and intellectual conditions. In this way, the available resources can be used in an optimal, needs-oriented manner. It is essential for the self-conception of Akademie Schloss Solitude that fellows of all disciplines are enabled to work and research free of daily pressures and presentation deadlines. Despite this, the Akademie offers the possibility to communicate and present projects to the public. Besides the realisation of numerous public events, the online platform »Schlosspost« allows international visibility of fellows and their projects and creates space for new digital projects.

A residential fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude should also be understood as a future investment, as it might sometimes only bear fruit at a later date, for both the fellow and the institution.

The founding director Prof. Jean-Baptiste Joly has been the artistic director of Akademie Schloss Solitude from January 1, 1989 until March 31, 2018. Since May 1, 2018, Elke aus dem Moore has been artistic director of Akademie Schloss Solitude.

The Akademie Schloss Solitude is financially supported by the German province of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Organisation founded in: 1990
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Foundation
  • Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
    Duration of residency:
  • Months: 6 – 12
  • Number of studios: more than 20
    Number of artists in residence at one time: more than 20
    Studio type and size: Live/work studio
    Accommodation type:
    Private Apartment
    Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Curatorial
  • What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
  • What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
  • Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
    Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): a monthly fellowship grant of EUR 1,200
    Expenses paid by the artist:
  • Travel
  • Supplies
    • Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Production costs
    Other activities happening at the space:
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibition
  • Open Studios
  • Selection process: Other
    If other, please specify: New jurors are appointed every 24 months. The international first-rate jury guarantees that the chosen fellows are of a high artistic and scientific level. The jurors base their decisions on the qualitative aspects of work samples submitted by the applicants.
    Setting: Urban
    How to reach by plane: airport Stuttgart
    How to reach by train: S-Bahn (all lines, platform 101) to Feuersee, then bus 92 direction Leonberg/Heslach Vogelrain, stop at Solitude
    How to reach by car: highway A 81 exit Stuttgart-Feuerbach, highway A 8 exit Leonberg or Stuttgart-Vaihingen
    Street & Number: Solitude 3
    Postal Code: 70197
    Country long: Germany