Kuenstlerhaus Hotel Pfaelzer Hof

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Pfaelzer Hof is an artist-led, urban cultural development project, breathing life into a quarter of Idar-Oberstein in the Rhineland-Palatine region of Germany. The Pfaelzer Hof is a beautiful old hotel which was rescued, with the help of public funding, from demolition and renovated in 2010.

The town of Idar-Oberstein has an interesting history as a centre for gem stone trade and jewellery manufacturing, a specialised tradition and expertise that continues today. The town has contrasting elements of wealth and urban decay, giving it an edge, which some have compared to Berlin before the wall came down.

For the past few years our three spacious apartments and exhibition space have attracted international visitors, including experts in gemmology and jewellery design. In 2013 our first artist in residence was Lydia Corbett (Sylvette David), former Picasso model and a family friend.

The Pfaelzer Hof is developing a contemporary, curated programme of artists and writers in residency. We aim to be the cutting edge arts hub in Idar-Oberstein, infusing the town with new energy and ideas. We are committed to developing arts practices and offer curatorial support, engaging in critical and reflective dialogue with our artists and audiences.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Pfaelzer Hof residency programme is open to emerging and established writers and artists. Up to eight writers and/or artists may be in residence at any given time. Some of the time other visitors to the town may also be staying at the Pfaelzer Hof.

We endeavour to create opportunities for residents to meet, discuss and present work to each other and to members of the public. Public readings and exhibitions can be arranged at the Pfaelzer Hof or at other interesting locations in the town. Potential partnerships and venues include Jakob Bengel Industriedenkmal, Trier University of Applied Sciences and Kameleon (community arts society).

The Pfaelzer Hof provides writers and artists with spacious accommodation in one of its three apartments and the house has a lovely outdoor terrace, which residents share. The house has stunning views of the town, castle and surrounding woodland. The apartments all have large windows and excellent natural light.

Read more about the residency programme at the Pfaelzer Hof: pfaelzerhof.o­rg/Site/Artists_%26_Writers_Residencies.html

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Interdisciplinary arts and disciplines, for example Permaculture
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Hotel or Guest House

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
  • 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other

Individual Mentoring

Expectations of the artist
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
  • Other

These are optional expectations and not necessarily required

Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency


UrbanClose to town centre as well as on the edge of woodland

  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Gallery/project space
  • Office
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

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

How to reach

By train

The Pfaelzer Hof is a 5 minute walk from Idar-Oberstein train station. Direct connections to Frankfurt International Airport, Paris and Koblenz.

By plane

The nearest airports are Frankfurt International and Frankfurt Hahn.

Contact information

Kuenstlerhaus Hotel Pfaelzer Hof
Wasenstrasse 90
D-55743 Idar-Oberstein


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