SCHIESSLHAUS AiR is a newly founded artists’ residence with a publicly funded artist in residence program – a studio house for professional artists and at the same time a cultural venue – in the historic monument "Schießl-Haus" in Kollnburg, Bavarian Forest. The AiR project consists of an international Artist-in-Residence Program and a Public Education and Participation Program with exhibitions, lecture series, workshops, artist talks and open studios.
The SCHIESSLHAUS AiR program promotes contemporary art, cultural education and participation, and it encourages intercultural encounters. In 2022, the artists’ residence dedicates itself to the thematic focus “lives and works in ...”. The phrase often used in artists’ biographies is put up for discussion and will be related to current socially relevant topics.
The SCHIESSLHAUS AiR is an artist-in-residence project of the municipality of Kollnburg and is supervised by S6 - Werkstätten für Architektur, Kunst und Kultur under the project management of Anna-Helena Klumpen and Katrin Savvulidi. The project is supported by the Kulturfonds Bayern of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, the Kulturstiftung of the District of Lower Bavaria and the District of Regen.
The artist-in-residence program seeks to create spaces for artistic-creative thinking, acting and researching. It focuses on the core areas: research, production, presentation and discourse. The residence creates the framework for independent artistic research and production, and it creates space for creative experimentation and public discourse. The SCHIESSLHAUS AiR program offers a high-profile presentation platform, and it encourages sustainable long-term networks.
The residency program is process-oriented: it focuses on time, space and encounter. SCHIESSLHAUS AiR seeks to inspire open-ended interdisciplinary dynamics, exchange and dialogue, participation and reflection.
The artists’ residence SCHIESSLHAUS AiR in Kollnburg is a meeting place: it is a place of exchange and dialogue, of participation and reflection, where international resident artists encounter local communities within an environment free of discrimination. SCHIESSLHAUS AiR facilitates dialogue and discourse, non-formal education and mutual learning processes.
Central to the AiR program are site-specific approaches and the development of new concepts, in dialogue between the resident artists and their environment – that is, the local people and the local circumstances. The objective is to create long-term networks and relationships, in urban and rural spaces. SCHIESSLHAUS AiR promotes cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.
Dr. Johannes Crückeberg, Leibniz University of Hanover
Hubert Huber, Artist, BBK Niederbayern
The modern and functional furnishings of the artists’ residence create optimal living and working conditions.
The common areas are located on the first floor: a cozy living room with a wood-burning stove, a fully equipped kitchen with a seating area, a storage and utility room, and two sanitary rooms (bathroom and toilet). The upper floor is divided into three spacious individual bedrooms and private rooms, including a room with its own sink and separate parlor.
The light-flooded, communal working studio is located on the upper floor. The studio consists of an approx. 22 square meter workroom with two large windows, a double door leading to the outside, and an inside sink. Moreover, in all private rooms there is a lot of space for individual work.
The spacious attic functions as an archive and office of the artistic directors. The garden and balcony face southeast and combine the outdoor areas of the house.
The resident artists can freely design and use the rooms of the residence during their two-month residency, in mutual agreement with the other residents. The purpose of the rooms is to be understood as a flexible and changeable concept that offers different possibilities and formats, especially with regard to the exhibition and display of artistic projects. In addition to the indoor area, the outdoor area of the house can also be used for exhibitions and events.
There is wireless internet (WLAN) throughout the house. From spring 2022 on, there will also be fiber optic internet. Towels and bed linen are provided, as well as cleaning of the common rooms after public events. The artists are responsible for their own working materials. A beamer, printer and basic tools are available for common use. Washing machine and dryer are available.
Hubert Huber, Artist, BBK Niederbayern
Peter Haimerl, Architect
Kollnburg – A Castle Village in the Bavarian Forest
Kollnburg is a state-approved health resort in the middle of the Bavarian Forest National Park, idyllically situated on a ridge between the climatic health resort Viechtach and the winter sports center St. Englmar on the historic “Baierweg”. The “Schießl-Haus”, which has been awarded two monument prizes, is one of the sights of the village. It stands in a prominent position in the middle of the village center, directly opposite the town hall and below the castle ruins – the landmark of Kollnburg.
Kollnburg is located in the vacation region “Viechtacher Land” in the middle of the Bavarian Forest National Park, north of the 1050m high “Pröller”, between Viechtach (5 km) and Sankt Englmar (6 km). Bogen and Regen are both 27 km away, while Deggendorf and Cham are both 31 km away.
Peter Haimerl, Architect
Diogo da Cruz, Artist, Academy of Fine Arts Munich
Anna-Helena Klumpen, curator and cultural manager, and Katrin Savvulidi, visual artist, are responsible for the artistic direction and the management of SCHIESSLHAUS AiR. Since 2018, Savvulidi and Klumpen have been working together on the conception and realization of the artist-in-residence project. In doing so, they represent two fields of expertise – artistic practice and theoretical conception, which inspire and complement each other. They bring both an artistic and a humanities background and know the conditions of the city as well as those of the rural regions.
Graduate artist, Diplom and M.A.
Curator and cultural manager
Art, media and cultural scientist, Research M.A.
Anna-Helena Klumpen works at the S6 – Werkstätten für Architektur, Kunst und Kultur in Munich. Moreover, she is lecturing at the Faculty of Art and Design of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Anna studied “European Media Culture / Culture des Médias Européens” at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Université Lumière Lyon II, then completed an international research master in “Cultural Analysis” at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and was a scholarship holder at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. Anna has been active in the German and European art and culture scene for over ten years and has curated major exhibitions, symposia and art festivals.
On the awarding of the residency grants decides a jury consisting of the artistic directors of SCHIESSLHAUS AiR, Anna-Helena Klumpen and Katrin Savvulidi, the First Mayor of the Municipality of Kollnburg, Herbert Preuß, another member of the Municipal Council and 2-3 members of the independent Board of Advisors.
A special feature of the selection process and the awarding of the SCHIESSLHAUS AiR grants is the involvement of the applying artists through a separate nomination process.