The Akademie Schloss Solitude is a public-law foundation that offers an interdisciplinary and international fellowship program for artists and scientists. Since 1990, the Akademie has supported artists in the disciplines of architecture, visual arts, performing arts, design, literature, music/sound and video/film/new media with residency and work fellowships. Since 2002, young people from the science and business sectors are also eligible for fellowships with the art, science & business program. The Akademie Schloss Solitude is financially supported by the German province of Baden-Württemberg.
"Esprit Solitude" (the Solitude spirit)
An example of late-Baroque style, poised on a hill overlooking the cultural and industrial city of Stuttgart, the Akademie Schloss Solitude has developed into an important global network for the international art scene. In harmony with the castle's location and history, Solitude is a retreat and "free zone" for art and life. But it also has a public face as an exhibition venue, innovative laboratory and arena for discourse. The Akademie's fellows and guests use it as an artistic incubator, a projection screen; a place to make lasting connections or as an opportunity to realize a project without having to conform to conventions. The institution represents an open concept of art and intentionally allows its guests to influence and shape it.
Duke Carl Eugen had the late-Baroque Solitude Castle built between 1763 and 1769 as a hunting lodge and summer residence. Soon, however, he began using the residence for the Hohe Karlsschule (Carl's High School) Military Academy, whose students included Friedrich Schiller. Solitude was later used for an array of functions, including military hospital, restaurant, prison and student dormitory. The two officers and cavalier's buildings have housed the living, working and exhibition areas of the Akademie Schloss Solitude since 1990.
The Akademie Schloss Solitude has 45 furnished live/work studios. The building also has a lecture hall, workshops, computer stations, a library, a cafeteria and additional public areas. Exhibitions, symposia, performances and other events take place primarily at the Akademie. The Akademie has used a renovated timbered barn on the castle grounds to host classical concerts since 2008 and also runs a project space on Römerstasse in Stuttgart's city center.
Fellowships and jury selection
The fellowship program is directed at artists up to 35 years old; older applicants need to have finished their studies not more than five years prior to applying. Students are ineligible. Between 50 and 70 live/work residencies are awarded every two years. In addition, projects and publications can be sponsored.
Applications are accepted in the following disciplines: architecture (design, landscape architecture, urban architecture), visual arts (including performance art), performing arts (set design, dramatic writing, dramaturgy, musical theater, performance, directing, acting, dance), design (fashion, costumes, product and furniture design, visual communication), literature (essays, criticism, poetry, prose, translation), music/sound (Interpretation, sound installation, sound performance, composition) and time-based media (video, video installation, fiction and documentary). The art, science & business program is open to applicants from the science and business fields.
An independent jury selects all fellows. A rotating jury chairman names a specialist juror in each discipline, who in turn independently selects fellows in the respective discipline.
Projects and cooperations
The Akademie's concept includes operating in the zone that falls between the private and public. The Akademie and its fellows thus offer a look into the creative process behind the castle walls with exhibitions, readings, performances, concerts and symposia. In addition, the Akademie regularly publishes publications by fellows and their guests.
Initiated in 2002, the art, science & business program is dedicated to the dialogues between art, science and economics and has developed into an important source of inspiration both inside and outside the Akademie. The program organizes symposia, lecture series, and workshops, often in cooperation with other art and economic institutions.
In addition to its numerous regional cooperations, the Akademie maintains exchange programs with eastern European art and cultural organizations, among them the Center for Contemporary art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland, the József Attila Circle in Budapest, Hungary, the Inter Space Media Art Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, the New Media Center_kuda.org in Novi Sad, Serbia and the Center of Independent Culture in Zagreb, Croatia.
Every two years since 2003, the Akademie organizes a 14-day master class for young composers. Under the leadership of renowned instructors, individuals and groups create new musical compositions. At the end of the master class, a public concert presents the results of the work.