Alte Schule Hohenstein; Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur e.V.

General information

Brief description of organisation

“Alte Schule Hohenstein – Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur e.V.” was founded to give international and national artists space to be creative, to collaborate, to be inspired and likewise inspire others with their work. We hereby put emphasis on an appreciative coexistence and a vivid culture of communication among the artists. The “Alte Schule Hohenstein” is a center for encounter. It is our vision to offer a temporary home for the artists and meanwhile offer a place for locals to get in touch with people from all over the world, with art and culture.

In order to realise this vision, the former schoolbuilding of Hohenstein (near Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany) was chosen as the appropriate property. Since then we have renovated the building.

Hohenstein, the highest point in Middle Franconia, is beautifully located amidst forests and meadows, but is also close to bigger cities such as Nuremberg. Hohenstein Castle has been of historical significance and has ever since granted its visitors and former residents an overview over the scenery, hence a certain foresight and a quite special perspective. “Different perspectives” brings us to our residency – the “Alte Schule Hohenstein” is located in the middle of Hohenstein, beneath the castle. Here, different perspectives shall be addressed and respected.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The invitation is open to artists who would like to stay 1 to 12 months and would like to work on their certain project (be it painting, printing, writing, photography,…) in an inspiring and collaborative environment. The hosts of the programme live in Hohenstein as well and will welcome the new residents and introduce them to the citizens in Hohenstein and surroundings.
We are also happy to introduce you to our established network of local artists.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Photography
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Other


Grants available

Accommodation and studio is free of charge. Permanent costs, such as electricity, water, heating is also covered by the association Alte Schule. Additionally, the artist can request a grant which will be covered by the SOPHIST GmbH (one of the sponsors). Please name that wish in your application. Travel costs can only be covered in exceptional cases. Please contact us about that. In general, the outcome produced during the residency is the artist´s property. If you´ve received a grant, the sponsor will start negotiations about leaving one piece of art/reproduction/... in return.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Other

social commitment every 3 months (e.g. guest lecture in a school/kindergarden, visit in a retirement home,...); Donation of an Artwork in return for the received grant

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Plaster Room
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • German
Other activities happening at the space
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

The S1 (tram) or R3 (regional train) goes from Nuremberg train station to Hersbruck (nearest train station to Hohenstein). From Hersbruck you can take the bus nr. 338 to Hohenstein. The bus leaves once every hour from 7am to 9pm. The total travel time is 1 hour.

We also offer to pick you up from the train station in Hersbruck - just contact us about this.

By plane

Nearest airport is Nuremberg, 45 km away from Hohenstein. We offer to pick you up from the airport at your arrival day.

Alternative airports are:

München 183km
Frankfurt 262km

By car

Hohenstein can be reached by car via the A9 (motorway). The right exit is nr. 47 - Hormersdorf.
Follow the street LAU11 directly to Hohenstein. Alternatively, you can take the street ST 2404.

Nearest airport


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Contact information

Alte Schule Hohenstein; Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur e.V.
Hohenstein 30b
91241 Kirchensittenbach

Phone: +49/172/8531717

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