The Akademie Schloss Solitude is a public-law foundation that offers an interdisciplinary and international fellowship program for artists and scientists. Since 1990, the Akademie has supported artists in the disciplines of architecture, visual arts, performing arts, design, literature, music/sound and video/film/new media with residency and work fellowships. Since 2002, young people from the science and business sectors are also eligible for fellowships with the art, science & business program. The Akademie Schloss Solitude is financially supported by the German province of Baden-Württemberg.
The Akademie Schloss Solitude has 45 furnished live/work studios. The building also has a lecture hall, workshops, computer stations, a library, a cafeteria and additional public areas. Exhibitions, symposia, performances and other events take place primarily at the Akademie. The Akademie has used a renovated timbered barn on the castle grounds to host classical concerts since 2008 and also runs a project space on Römerstasse in Stuttgart’s city center.
Projects and cooperations
The Akademie’s concept includes operating in the zone that falls between the private and public. The Akademie and its fellows thus offer a look into the creative process behind the castle walls with exhibitions, readings, performances, concerts and symposia. In addition, the Akademie regularly publishes publications by fellows and their guests.
Initiated in 2002, the art, science & business program is dedicated to the dialogues between art, science and economics and has developed into an important source of inspiration both inside and outside the Akademie. The program organizes symposia, lecture series, and workshops, often in cooperation with other art and economic institutions.
In addition to its numerous regional cooperations, the Akademie maintains exchange programs with eastern European art and cultural organizations, among them the Center for Contemporary art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland, the József Attila Circle in Budapest, Hungary, the Inter Space Media Art Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, the New Media Center_kuda.org in Novi Sad, Serbia and the Center of Independent Culture in Zagreb, Croatia.
Every two years since 2003, the Akademie organizes a 14-day master class for young composers. Under the leadership of renowned instructors, individuals and groups create new musical compositions. At the end of the master class, a public concert presents the results of the work.