Within the international sphere of artistic grants and residency programs, the Akademie Schloss Solitude is unique; an institution with a truly new spirit. In the daily practice of this »Esprit Solitude«, fresh solutions are found – always artistic and as unbureaucratic as possible: the selection process, the opportunity to finance projects from one's own budget, the self-evident international atmosphere. Hundreds of artists have taken part in the Akademie's program since its opening, creating a close-knit, global network of Solitude alumni that expands from year to year.
The program is inherent in the name »Akademie Schloss Solitude«: It combines the idea of an academy for scientific and artistic exchange with that of a retreat – which Schloss Solitude has always been. The Akademie, founded at Solitude in 1990, operates in the intermediary space between private and public; where art is reflected upon and produced but where it also finds a connection to the public. The Akademie places particular value on offering its guests another »quality« of time – one that is better than the artists would experience in their daily lives. A residence in a place like Solitude should therefore be understood as an investment in the future; an investment that, for both the participating artists and the institutions, may bear fruit much later.
Founded in 1990, the Akademie Schloss Solitude is a foundation under public law. According to its statutes, its task is to promote mainly younger, particularly gifted artists by means of residence fellowships, and by organizing public performances, readings, concerts and exhibitions by its residents. Akademie Schloss Solitude is subsidized by the State of Baden-Württemberg Lottery.
Persons up to 35 or if older who have completed a university or college degree within the past five years are welcome to apply. Currently enrolled university or college students (at the time of application) will not be considered for selection. Several fellowships are also awarded regardless of the applicant's age. It is possible to complete a project within the framework of the fellowship. 50 to 70 fellowships are allocated every 24 months. Akademie Schloss Solitude has 45 studios at its disposal.
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