Akademie Schloss Solitude

General information

Brief description of organisation

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.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Akademie is a public foundation with a residency program which provides living and work opportunities for young international artists in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. The fellows and guests are invited to present their work to the public in form of readings, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and other public events.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Design, Video, Digital art, Humanities, Sciences, Economics
Type of organisation
  • Other

Foundation under public law

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 6 months and 1 year
Number of artists resident at one time

more than 20

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Grants available

International artists and scientists from the following spheres of practice can apply for a fellowship: VISUAL (visual arts and media), AURAL & PHYSICAL (music and performing arts), DIGITAL (digital art, gaming, digital journalism, digital publishing), SPATIAL (architecture and design), TEXTUAL (literature and language), SOCIETAL/COMMUNAL-BASED WORK (education, mediation, theory), SCIENTIFIC (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 call. In cooperation with KfW Stiftung, Akademie Schloss Solitude is launching the new program with the specific content-related focus »Mutations«. To foster transdisciplinary and transcultural dialogue between the arts, sciences and society, young professionals from all fields are invited to engage in this topic in a focused group conversation. The 9-month program aims to encourage critical reflection and artistic production as well as encounters across disciplines. Who can apply? International artists, scientists, and cultural professionals 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. Applications of artist groups are possible. The main language is English. 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. The Solitude fellowship is a residential fellowship. Fellows are obliged to spend at least two thirds of their fellowships at the Akademie. 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). Application Instructions: To apply, please visit the Akademie Schloss Solitude application page. Questions? Contact us at apply@akademie-solitude.de

Expenses paid by artist
  • Food
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure


Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios

more than 20

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • German
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

S-Bahn (all lines, platform 101) to Feuersee, then bus 92 direction Leonberg/Heslach Vogelrain, stop at Solitude

By plane

airport Stuttgart

By car

highway A 81 exit Stuttgart-Feuerbach,
highway A 8 exit Leonberg or Stuttgart-Vaihingen

Contact information

Akademie Schloss Solitude
Solitude 3
70197 Stuttgart


Phone: +49-711-996 19-0
Fax: +49-711-996 19-50

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