The project “PILOTENKUECHE” invites selected artists within the “International Residency Program” from around the world to come and work in the 465m² communally used, fully remodeled space for a period of three months, with 24 hour studio access. The goal is to provide artists with a base to work from, and acts as a conduit to the local art scene. Our concept strives to create a communal space for experimental collaboration and discourse between participants, as well as with the greater Leipzig community.


Each accepted artist is offered a partial stipend, provided by “PILOTENKUECHE”. We also maintain engagements with several partners, and by introducing our artists to these, make it possible for participants to cooperate with and exhibit in other venues. In addition, the artists receive all documentation necessary to apply for funding and the visa processes. If required, the project assists with additional individual reference letters.

During the programmed events the studio becomes our exhibition space. Our program is a multifaceted. In participating in our residency, each artist participates in external studio visits, exhibition spaces, exhibits and gallery tours. The artist also has the chance to take part in an artist talk, which further clarifies their position, a preview exhibition or open studio event presenting initial work, which takes place mid-way through the residency, as well as scheduled consultations and critiques, culminating in a final group exhibition. The primary languages in use are English and German.

The program is regularly looking for artists. We accept applications at any time.


Our “International Residence Program” fuses the use of studio space with programmed external activities. With this framework in mind, we intend for the two areas to become indivisible. These components are meant to reinforce one another, and to elicit an engaged response in a stimulating environment.

Studio space

  • one furnished up to 36m² large space (chair, table, provided tools) per artist in our 465m² large communal loft hall including wifi and all side costs (water, heating, energy, kitchen, toilet etc.) + usage of the workshop equipment
  • approximately eleven artists per month working in the space
  • furnished shared used tea kitchen
  • costs / participation fee: 400,00 EUR* / month, per artist with an additional
  • basic fee (to deposit): 400 EUR per artist to hold the place in the program, not refundable, refundable by cancellation (3 months before the residency starts)
  • the fee covers the studio & the participation cost
  • travel costs, art materials & living accommodation are additional

Joint studio

  • we offer one shared, joint-studio option for art duets. Two artists may share a single studio space, as outlined above.
  • costs / participation fee: 600,00 EUR** / month, per art duet with an additional
  • basic fee (to deposit): 600 EUR per artist to hold the place in the program, not refundable, refundable by cancellation (3 months before the residency starts)

The artist must take responsibility to pay individually for the costs of the studio prices and insurance, transport and travel expenses. Each accepted artist is offered a partial stipend, provided by ‘PILOTENKUECHE’, with directly subsidizes the full program fee. Normally the artist will look for an additional grant in his/her country to finance all the costs. If you’re looking for funding, please download our “funding guide” which you can find in the Download section.

*The fee includes the partial-stipend of 300,00 EUR from “PILOTENKUECHE”, with directly subsidizes the full program fee of 700,00 EUR.

**The fee includes the partial-stipend of 600,00 EUR from “PILOTENKUECHE”, with directly subsidizes the full program fee of 1400,00 EUR – as well as an additional 200,00 EUR deduction.



  • studio & gallery visits and museum tours
  • selected artists participate in our events & exhibitions:
    • artist talks event: each artist of the project talks about his/her position
    • preview exhibtion / extended open studio: the artists present their first works in a small group show / open studio
    • final exhibition: final group show
    • disciplines: activism, architecture, conceptual, design, digital, drawing, film, installation, intervention, mixed media, technology, intermedia, literature, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, video or other disciplines of arts
    • language: English / German

Studio Equipment

  • up to 36m² big working places equipped with a nice table, chair, lamp and working desks
  • moveable walls to change the space and to create up to around 150m² big spaces
  • newly designed windows
  • fast internet connection & wifi
  • ground heating
  • new, oil-covered concrete ground
  • shower in a closed area
  • darkroom equipment
  • provided tools: remote drill, hammer drill, levels, hammers, screwdriver, analoque projector, diverse easels, electric saws, welding machine, grinder etc.


  • individual consultations by agreement with curatorial advice and critique
  • assistance with visa processes, funding / scholarship applications, artistic / theoretical / logistical questions, practical questions considering daily life by agreement
  • curation, event & exhibition organisation for the final exhibition
  • web-, graphic-, & advertising / press design, its production & release for the project (including roundmails to up to 1000 subsribers, posts to up to 3000 facebook followers)
  • documentation of the project
  • ‘Welcome to Leipzig’ letter & guide
  • general administration, organization & coordination of the project
  • some of these services are done in home office if the team is not present in the studio

A large artist supply shop called ‘boesner’ is 3km far away from the space where you can find everthing for your work. You also can find a construction market called “toom”. For special requests we can assist with our local experience & knowlegde.

Living space

Living accomodation is additional. The project offers one shared apartment which hosts two artists:

  • we offer one place in a 60m² large shared apartment for two artists close to the studio at Demmeringstr. 68, 04177 Leipzig, ground floor
  • 1x fitted kitchen, 1x bathroom
  • 2x furnished rooms with a bed, shelve, desk & chair each room; communal used kitchen & bathroom with basic inventory
  • with wifi
  • costs: 350,00 EUR / per month, per artist with an additional
  • basic fee (to deposit): 350,00 EUR / per artist to hold the place in the program, not refundable, refundable by cancellation (3 months before the residency starts)


Other residents find rooms by themselves. The following links will help to find a similar room to live in Leipzig:

The districts which are close or related to the studio space are: Leutzsch, Lindenau, Plagwitz, Zentrum. Please contact us for any questions with, during or after your application – we love to help!

Program Impressions

Exhibitions (New Space from 2017)


Exhibitions (Partner spaces)



Visits & Activities



Participating artists are expected to participate with the overall program objectives, to contribute to a collective enterprise, and be open to work with others. In exchange for the partial stipend, artists are expected to leave a donation of one or two art works.


Who can apply?

Artists from all artistic disciplines (installation, videoart, sculpture, electronic music, painting, drawing, performance, photography, net art etc.) are invited to send us an application.

How to apply?

Please send us an E-mail. The application should include:

  • a short CV
  • an artist statement
  • representative number of examples of your work and (if existing) a link to your website
  • Application Form

We offer the following residency periods per year:

  • January – March
  • April – June
  • July – September
  • October – December

You can apply at any time. Send us a mail to by submitting all required information.

Please read our “Application Guide” to read more details and get an overview of the provided information.

1 Application Form.pdf
2 Application Form.odt 
3 Application Guide.pdf
4 Funding Guide.pdf

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