Exchange programs of the Akademie Schloss Solitude for young artists in the extended European Union and already selected Solitude fellows
From its beginning, the Akademie Schloss Solitude has considered the promotion of young artists from Eastern Europe – by giving them the opportunity to develop their work and carry experiences back into their home countries – its entitled mission. After various previous projects, for example the GDR Travel Fellowship, which in 1990 gave artists from the former GDR access to the Akademie’s network, the cooperation of Akademie Schloss Solitude with the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw/Poland lead to the foundation of a new residency program with live/work studios at Ujazdowski Castle in 2003.
By implementing this program, the Akademie has fulfilled a long lasting wish to enter into an equal, bilateral exchange with Eastern European partners and artists.
Due to the positive experiences with this first exchange program in Eastern Europe, the Akademie Schloss Solitude initiated an extension of the program for Hungary and Romania in 2005 and 2006 and for Serbia and Croatia in 2007.
Currently, the Eastern European exchange program is running with partners in Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.
For the respective exchange programs in the cooperating cities, the partners provide a work/live studio. From each city one artist is granted a three-month stay at Akademie Schloss Solitude and vice versa Akademie Schloss Solitude sends an artist to the listed cities for a three-month-stay.
The total budget for each exchange program is covered in half by Akademie Schloss Solitude and in half by the involved partner. The money is allocated solely to the promotion of artists and art projects, not for infrastructure of the involved programs.