The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg was founded in 1986 and is an international fellowship society of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein. It is a society for fine art, literature, and composition and offers emerging talents from all over the world the possibility to create new projects in an undisturbed environment and to present them to an interested public.
Artists, authors and composers without any restrictions of age, origin or residence can apply. Applicants with child are welcome.
The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg is characterized by its personalized care and the close network between the fellows, as well as with the cultural scene of the metropolitan region of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.
Every fellow receives a monthly grant for the duration of their stay. It is also possible to raise further additional funds for material and project related publications with the professional help of the Künstlerhaus, although there is no guarantee of success.
The Künstlerhaus is situated along the river Elbe within the historic center of Lauenburg. Lauenburg is the southernmost town in Schleswig-Holstein, has a population of 12,000 and is located approx. 50 kilometers from Hamburg, Lübeck and Schwerin, and about 25 kilometres from Lüneburg. The town lies close to the convergence point of the Federal States Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Niedersachsen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The building itself was built in the middle of the last century, received protected status as a historic monument in 1982 and, after comprehensive restoration work, gained a new lease of life as the “Künstlerhaus” (Artists’ House). Since then, nearly 150 artists have lived and worked here.
The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg receives financial support from the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Duchy of Lauenburg district, the city of Lauenburg/Elbe, and the recently founded society ‘Künstlerhaus Lauenburg/Elbe e.V’.
Accommodation and Facilities
The Künstlerhaus Lauenburg offers generous accommodation (approx. 400 m2) on three floors. On the ground floor you can find the gallery space, a children’s studio, an artist bar, the Künstlerhaus office and a large south-facing terrace overlooking the Elbe River. Monthly cultural events take place in the artist bar and on the terrace, such as film screenings, talks, lectures, and concerts.
In the upper two floors there are generously-sized artists’ studios and living areas. All studios are fully equipped and include their own bath/shower room and kitchen as well as a telephone and Wifi. The Künstlerhaus is also equipped with a printing press for etching and letterpress, a proof press, a piano and a small library.
The Aims and Objectives of the Künstlerhaus
The Künstlerhaus has dedicated itself to support artists working in the fields of contemporary fine art, literature and composition, who are trusted to have the potential for a career in the art scene.
It offers a creative work environment, in which contemporary artists can concentrate on their work far from the (art) market and financial worries.
With the Artists in Residency scheme, and the regular programme of events, it is intended that the Künstlerhaus will secure and expand its national and international reputation as a meeting point for those who create art, for art professionals, and for people who are interest in arts and culture.