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Residency – conditions, benefits, selection procedure

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.

General Information

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. 

Application rounds for Solitude fellowships are held every two years. The jury awards a maximum of 65 fellows. 

International artists and scientists from the following spheres of practice can apply for a fellowship: VISUAL (fine arts and video), 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), SIENTIFIC/art, science & business (humanities, social, natural and economic sciences.)

For the first time in its 30-year history, Akademie Schloss Solitude is expanding its profile with the addition of a thematic focus to the 2019 application round for fellows joining the Akademie in 2020–2021. From 2020 onward, Akademie Schloss Solitude is launching a new program with a specific content-related focus, which a group of seven fellows is invited to investigate in any way they wish over a period of nine months. With this thematic focus, the Akademie wishes to consolidate the importance accorded by society to transdisciplinary and discursive-artistic work, providing content-related momentum. 

The Spheres of Practice in detail

1 VISUAL – Fine arts and video
Including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film, video, printing, ceramics, textiles, performance

2 AURAL & PHYSICAL – Music and performing arts
Including music, music interpretation and composition, sound installation, sound performance, dance, choreography, drama, theater, music theater, dramaturgy, directing

3 DIGITAL – Digital Solitude
Including digital art, gaming, hacking, computing, programming, web-based video production and installation, digital journalism, digital publishing

4 SPATIAL – Architecture and design
Including architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, applied arts, design, stage design, fashion design, costume design, product design, furniture design

5 TEXTUAL – Literature and language
Including German-language and international literature in all written forms (dramatic texts, lyric poetry, prose, essay, and translation)

6 SOCIETAL/COMMUNAL-BASED WORK – Education, mediation, theory
Including art criticism, critical theory, curation, art education, socially engaged art 

7 SCIENTIFIC – art, science & business/Humanities, social, natural and economic sciences
Including philosophy, anthropology, biology, botany, physics, mathematics, computer science, cultural studies, ecology, gender studies, history, law, public policy, medicine, political science and political theory, psychology, sociology, economics and finance

8 TOPICAL – Overarching thematic call 2020–2021
mutatis mutandis – mutations

In the fields of biology and genetics, mutations refer to irreversible changes. Mutations arise in a diverse number of ways and assume countless forms. They shape our relationships with our surroundings, transforming them and us alike. They crop up in our food, in nuclear fission, in climate change. They also appear in literature, music, comics, science fiction and the cinema, as well as in architecture and design, politics and lifestyle.

The term »mutation« is shrouded in an aura of aberration, from its Latin origins (mutare »change«, »transform«) to symbols of pop culture (cyborgs, for instance). Deviations contradict the existing order, challenging this and perhaps heralding the dawn of a new age. Mutations constitute indicators of processes and potentials which only reveal themselves as benign or malignant as time passes.

What can a term like »mutation« unleash? What sort of processes are referred to? Which artistic approaches can be impeded with the aid of mutations? What does »mutation« mean in the light of the interrelationship between artistic and social work?

All further information about the thematic focus and the application conditions can be found here:

Conditions: The thematic focus is open to applicants from all spheres of practice.
Applicants are invited to submit a resume, a work portfolio and a one-page topic-related concept or essay sketch. The seven fellows selected will commit themselves to working on the topic jointly, in the group, for a time span of nine months (October 2020 to June 2021). They will participate in the Akademie’s internal program via monthly labs (including guests), and will also feature in Akademie Schloss Solitude’s public program with other contributions. 

Fellowship: Conditions

International artists, scientists, scholars and business representatives are invited to apply for fellowships in the spheres listed above. The candidates should not be older than 40. Applications from students enrolled in degree programs will not be considered; PhD students may submit applications. A very limited number of fellowships can be awarded regardless of the applicants’ age.

It is possible to complete a creative project within the framework of the fellowship.

The decision regarding the fellowships’ allocation is taken by independent specialist jurors responsible for the various spheres. Fellowships are usually awarded for a period between six, nine or twelve months.

Applications of artist groups are possible. If you apply as part of an artist group each group member must fill in an application on their own behalf.

Double applications to the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg gGmbH (Arts Foundation Baden-Württemberg) and the AkademieSchloss Solitude are not permitted. Applicants whose applications are refused during the current selection procedure may send in applications during two other rounds (maximum). Former fellows of the Akademie Schloss Solitude are not eligible.

Knowledge of either German and/or English is a prerequisite for application.

Fellowship: Benefits

The Solitude fellowship is a residential fellowship. Fellows are obliged to spend at least two thirds of their fellowships at the Akademie. All fellows must have their permanent residence in Stuttgart for the fellowship’s duration (obligation to register residence).

The fellowship includes the following benefits:

→ A free, furnished living/working studio including electricity, water and heating,
→ A monthly fellowship grant of € 1,200,
→ Travel expenses for arrival and departure (on a one-time basis).

The Akademie also offers optional additional benefits which are adjustable in accordance with the current budget situation:

→ Transport expenses subsidy for the carriage of materials, tools, instruments and books to Stuttgart and
​     from Stuttgart to the fellow’s home town,
→ Project funding and one-off materials subsidy,
→ Health insurance in the case of non-EU fellowship candidates.

Fellows may use the Akademie’s carpentry and metal workshops under the supervision of the resident managers. They also have access to a digital film editing studio, a printing and copying room, two small libraries and several computer workstations.

The Akademie maintains 45 living and working studios, and three guest studios. These studios are usually only equipped for one person due to their size and the buildings’ historic design. The Akademie does its best to accommodate families/partners. Please note that this is not always possible in the case of families/partners from abroad, because entry and residence regulations must be observed.

Fellowship: Selection Procedure

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.

There is no legal entitlement to the allocation of a fellowship. The applicant will be informed of the jury’s decision in writing, but no reasons will be given. Individuals embarking on fellowships receive a foundation contract and a set of house rules. Fellowships are deemed legally effective after the foundation contract has been signed.