The Künstler- und Stipendiatenhaus Salzwedel is located next to the Marienkirche, the Johann-Friedrich-Danneil Museum and the Kreismusikschule (District School of Music) in the Jenny-Marx-Haus.
In this unique and idyllic ambience, at the heart of the historic town centre, artists can work undisturbed and be inspired. The building has two apartments on the upper floor, and on the ground floor there is a meeting and exhibition room.
Once every three months, the association that promotes the Künstler- und Stipendiatenhaus Salzwedel organizes an artists’ café (Künstlercafè) in the exhibition space, thereby providing artists with the opportunity to present their work and enter into a dialogue with interested guests.
The Künstler- und Stipendiatenhaus Salzwedel thrives on the partnership between the district of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel and the state of Saxony-Anhalt. It has unique positioning features, enabling it to have a “beacon effect” and serve as a centre-point for artistic and cultural work in Saxony-Anhalt.
These features include the following:
- High-profile artists’ house in the state of Saxony-Anhalt with an international orientation
- The only centre in Saxony-Anhalt offering residential scholarships to artists
- High-quality and coveted working scholarships
- Portfolio of renowned artists
- Unique interdisciplinary orientation (art, writing, music)
Since 1997, more than 100 scholarship holders have been given the opportunity to work here as artists on a secure financial basis. The state awards its scholarships consecutively through its art advisory board, literature council and music council, thereby ensuring excellence. The scholarship holders come and have come from Saxony-Anhalt, other federal states, as well as the whole world (USA, Great Britain, China, Korea, India, Brazil, France, Taiwan, Austria).
For the district of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, the Künstler- und Stipendiatenhaus Salzwedel has become a permanent fixture and flagship. The Verein zur Förderung des Künstler- und Stipendiatenhaus, the association charged with promoting the centre, is committed to improving the living and working conditions of scholarship holders on a permanent basis.
The building has been owned by the district of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel since 1990. In 1990/91, it was completely renovated with state funds.
Since 1997, artists have been given the opportunity to work at the Künstler- und Stipendiatenhaus Salzwedel for limited periods of time and to present their works to the public. The aim is to make contemporary art, literature and music better known in the region and to promote an understanding of art among the general population. The artists come from Saxony-Anhalt, other federal states, as well as from abroad.
So far, 107 artists have lived temporarily in the centre in Salzwedel. Of these, 41 scholarship holders were selected by the association and 66 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt.