The Akademie has always made the promotion of young artists from Eastern Europe its top priority, giving them the opportunity to develop their work at Akademie Schloss Solitude and to pass on their experiences within their countries of origin. This can be seen in various earlier projects, such as the GDR Travel Fellowship, which in 1990 gave artists from the former GDR access to the Akademie’s network. The collaboration between Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw eventually led to the founding of a new studio program at Ujazdowski Castle in October 2003.
With the establishment of this program, the Akademie realized its long-held vision of entering into an equal exchange with Eastern European partner organizations and artists.
The positive experience during this first exchange with Poland enabled Akademie Schloss Solitude to expand the program to Hungary and Romania in 2004; in 2007 it was extended to Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia. Exchange programs are currently in place with partner organizations in Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.
A living/working studio is available in each of these cities within the context of the respective exchange programs. One artist from each city comes to Akademie Schloss Solitude for three months, and Akademie Schloss Solitude sends one artist each year for a three-month stay in the cities mentioned. Half of the available budget is funded by Akademie Schloss Solitude and the other half by the respective partner organization.
The budget is used to support artists and realize art projects. It is not used for the infrastructure of the participating institutions.
Current exchange programs