English, German
3 weeks
Paid by host:

Bicycles are available to residents who are encouraged to explore the area along the Romanesque Road. Atelierhaus Hilmsen is biking distance from several scenic and historic medieval towns. Residents can also bike to a grocery store, pastry shop, ice cream parlor, hardware store, post office and public swimming pool. There is also a residency van available for weekly trips to the larger grocery store, hardware stores and bank in nearby Salzwedel

Paid by artist:

Transportation to and from Atelierhaus Hilmsen, project materials, food and drink, any personal expenses incurred during the residency session and medical expenses. Residents are advised to carry international travelers insurance in case of emergency.

There is a cost to participate in the Atelierhaus Hilmsen residency. Your payment is to be paid to the non-profit, Houston-based umbrella organization, Art Netzwerk. Many artists who apply find individual sponsors, create crowdsourcing campaigns, or apply for grants to assist with the cost of the residency and travel expenses. For more information, please email [email protected] with the subject line: COST OF RESIDENCY.


Application guidelines:

Applicants must demonstrate accomplishment in their disciplines depending on their age and experience. Interested applicants should be comfortable working in a close knit, intimate environment and motivated to work independently. Application requirements can be found here.


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Atelierhaus Hilmsen

Atelierhaus Hilmsen

Atelierhaus Hilmsen Residency

Through partnerships with American and international institutions, Atelierhaus Hilmsen supports the education and professional development of artists and scholars from around the world with an emphasis in the arts and humanities. Residents come together to create and research in complete freedom, unmediated by external distractions. Atelierhaus Hilmsen selects artists and scholars of varying disciplines regardless of age, sex or nationality to experience an unforgettable place of creativity and mystery. Through the alchemy of diversity, spacious studios and the wondrous environment of Hilmsen, the Atelierhaus becomes a channel for deeper understanding across cultures and perspectives as well as a catalyst for spontaneous collaborative projects. Atelierhaus Hilmsen meets with each of its residency applicants to discuss their work in detail and inform them about unique opportunities to collaborate with local museums and other institutions as well as discuss the studio facilities available in Hilmsen so they are able to execute their ideal project.


To be determined after consultation. Varies depending on needs of the artist and project proposal. Artists and scholars will build relationships with fellow residents from around the globe and engage with the local community by hosting studio visits and completing their special projects. The Atelierhaus Hilmsen residency allows artists/scholars to work in complete freedom for an intensive three week period. Many of the artists who attend are invited to have solo exhibitions at the Salzwedel Mönchskirche Museum (12 miles from the residency) the following year (as a post - residency opportunity). The local press also write a feature story about our residents and their work.

Studio Information
  • 15,000 square meters of space
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3D printing
  • Ceramic kilns
  • Raku firing
  • Iron and bronze casting
  • Welding
  • Printmaking
  • Screen printing
  • Music rehearsal space and Steinway pianos
  • Photo dark room
  • Professional film and video editing equipment
  • Painting and drawing studios
  • Sculpture yard and tools
  • Bicycles
  • Residency van
Accommodation Information

Single and double rooms offered. Single rooms are first come first serve. Residents who are not accompanied by spouses or partners must be prepared to share living quarters and studio space with other residents. Living spaces and studios are equipped with WIFI. The house features washers and dryers, a fully-equipped kitchen, a tea kitchen upstairs and several bathrooms with showers (bedding, towels, toiletries and a hairdryer are available).


Hilmsen is a small hamlet located 10 miles outside of the medieval town of Salzwedel in the former territory of the German Democratic Republic (population 25,000). Salzwedel is centrally located between Hamburg and Berlin. Culturally rich with a charming aesthetic, modern amenities, and a fascinating history. Salzwedel is a place of interest for many travelers along the historical “Romanesque Road” and the Transromanica network that links Romanesque Architecture, village churches, monasteries, cathedrals and castles built between 950 and 1250.

Contact information

Hauptstraße 1
29413 Wallstawe OT Hilmsen

artnetzwerk [at]