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International Studio Program

30th International Studio Program of the ACC Galerie Weimar and the City of Weimar


30 years of the International Studio Program of the ACC Galerie and the City of Weimar are a reason to celebrate. But it is harder than ever for us to remain confident when facing the state of the late Anthropocene. Don't we already harbor – more than quiet – doubts about the relevance of art in a situation in which much can no longer be taken for granted? Have we not long since been living in the eve of a world that is changing faster than ever - so it seems - into a dystopia?

The program title, "H2O," brings to mind that, after thousands of years, oases in the northern Sahara have to be abandoned for lack of water, and that islands in Oceania have to be abandoned because of rising sea levels, and that glaciers and lakes are disappearing in many places. And that climate science is currently reporting almost daily heat records, and that regional armed conflicts over groundwater and river water are feared. This list could easily be continued, but it should not be forgotten that the simple formula H2O refers beyond ecology and economy: to something that is in so many ways image, symbol, and object of research. At the same time, it reminds us of motifs from myth, religion and fairy tales and their semi-conscious or unconscious influences. Therefore, the ‘element of life’ is in historical-iconographic as well as in ‘purely’ aesthetic terms truly not an exhausted subject for art.

We ask what can be said and shown artistically about H2O today, whether within a possibly occurring paradigm shift, a climate turn in art – or in opposition to it, so as despite all urgency not to be dominated or even paralyzed by this paradigm. What spaces of possibility can we keep open? Do we manage, in spite of everything, to design new utopias of life?

On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the International Studio Program, Weimar's urban space is open for artistic interventions depending on the realization possibilities on site.

Send your proposal until November 30, 2023 (end of day, Central European Time, UTC+01:00) by E-mail to: studioprogram@acc-weimar.de

You can find more information in the pdf file.

On the International Studio Program

The International Studio Program of ACC Galerie and the City of Weimar was established in 1994. The city of Weimar, as co-initiator and partner of the International Studio Program, pursues the goal of linking the promotion of artists and the presentation of contemporary art in the urban space, acting as a meeting place and forum for female artists, and attracting international attention. In this way, international cultural exchange is to be promoted and prejudices dismantled.

The city of Weimar supports the program by providing, among other things, a studio with an attached apartment in the Städtisches Atelierhaus Weimar - one of the oldest buildings of its kind in Germany. It houses 11 studios that are rented out to artists* for limited periods of time.

The International Studio Program is supported by the Thuringian State Chancellery.

The city of Weimar finances three quarters of the monthly stipend of 1,000 euros. The remaining quarter is raised by ACC Galerie Weimar, which organizes the worldwide application procedure, convenes the independent jury, and supports the artists throughout the year.

The 88 participants in the program to date have come from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Belgium, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, the USA and Zimbabwe.


Knut Birkholz

E-mail: studioprogram@acc-weimar.de

Atelierhaus - Städtisches Atelierhaus Weimar, Vorderansicht/Süden,, Bild: Claus Bach

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