Kavalierhaus Schloss Montfort / Langenargen, Germany

Kavalierhaus Schloss Montfort / Langenargen, Germany

for fine and visual artists:
painters, photo and graphic artistssculptors, and multimedia professionals
from the region of Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein

Cavaliers, sailboats and chateau-dreams:
A refuge at Lake Constance

So idyllic and yet so unknown

Title Kavalierhaus

The picturesquely situated small town of Langenargen has always been appealing to artists and aesthetes, idyllically extending along the lakeside of ‘Bodensee’.
Since 1997, the city council officially offers artists of the disciplines fine and visual arts a living and working space at ‘Kavalierhaus’ – the cavalier mansion attached to the castle Montfort. Every two years the call for applications is released out and includes a stipend for this period of three months.
This residency for one regionally based artist, who of course can also bring family, takes place annually from beginning of April till end of June.

castle Montfort
castle Montfort 2

Castle Montfort has a long history at its outstanding spit of land, dating back to 14th century. The way it looks today, the fortress was finished in 1867. It was meant to become a villa in Moorish style modeled after Villa Avigdor in Nice. Finally king Karl von Württemberg entitled it ‘Schloss Montfort’. Princess Louise of Prussia took pleasure of it and bought the romantic chateau with all interiors in 1873.
Just a few steps away, also located by the waterside, another building was set up for the cavaliers and servants belonging to the court bustle – the ‘Kavalierhaus’.

The Kavalierhaus was built in 1866 and nowadays is declared heritage property. But nevertheless, the artists have any freedom of installing themselves and their art they could ever ask for. On terrace level there is a restaurant, but only open for the evenings except Thursdays. The first floor is completely reserved for the artist in residence. On the left side of the staircase there is an apartment of 45 sqm with
studio, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and storeroom. To the right, there is the gallery where exhibitions can take place – as the artist is asked to show the current works by the end of his or her stay with one week of ‘open atelier’.
Moreover, it is requested to donate one artwork to the city council which has been created during their term.

The studio and gallery

artist studio 1
artist studio 2
bedroom with bath

General goal is to foster art and especially promote regional artists. So, the residency and atelier are free of charge, fellows receive a stipend of 770 Euro per month, plus once a project grant of 250 Euro. The stipend programme is supported by the municipality of Langenargen and BMK Yachthafen Langenargen GmbH & Co. KG.
Responsible body is the tourism office, selections are made by an independent jury. The first contact person and cordially taking care of the stipends is Carolin Kramer.
Who can apply?

There is no age limit, nonetheless it becomes a bit complicated when looking at origin restrictions.
Applicants need to have their abode proven either in Southern Germany, Western Austria, Northern or Eastern Switzerland, Liechtenstein, or associated communities of Bois-le-Roi, France, and Noli, Italy.


This beautiful town at the Swabian Bodensee region can name a lot of inherent as well as affiliated artists, such as Hans Purrmann (1880-1966), Franz Anton Maulbertsch (1724-1796), Andreas Brugger (1737-1812), and reformer Urbanus Rhegius (1489-1541).
With this residency programme the community continues the tradition of art- and cultural ties.
But who has actually been artist in residence so far? A list of all fellow alumni can be found online and is permanently updated.

lake view
From the studio as well as from the gallery there is this stunning view over Lake Constance. Who wouldn’t tell that this is inspiring? …seeing the Swiss mountains at the opposite shoreline and a hundred sailboats passing by. A place which is just predestined to find inner peace and muse for creative contemplation.

tourist information

More info on the stipend programme on the German homepage, or general info in English by Langenargen tourism office.
Here you can find the call for 2016 and 2017: Ausschreibung deutsch.
Heartfelt thanks to Carolin Kramer who was guiding along and explaining about Kavalierhaus-Stipendium.

Carolin Kramer

A.M., Matthias Graupner

Interview with:
Carolin Kramer, Amt für Tourismus, Kultur und Marketing;
Langenargen, 1st September 2015.


La Donation Haracourt / Île de Bréhat, Brittany, France

La Donation Haracourt / Île de Bréhat, Brittany, France

no residency for artists… but for students living at the Cité Universitaire in Paris

‘Partir, c’est mourir un peu’
(Rondelet de l’Adieu, Edmond Haracourt)

…This is the beginning of the most familiar verse of the writer and poet Edmond Haracourt, the former dweller of this mansion.’To leave means to die a little’ literarily translated. And truly, if you have ever been to this impressive place nearly at the end of a small island in Brittany, north of France, you do not want to leave again.
Surrendered to the strong winds and the intense tidal, the natural stone house surely has seen better days from the inside, but this doesn’t detract from its charms. Always in sight the lighthouse, a stroll of about half an hour away.
No cars are allowed on the isle, except

some farming vehicles, so everyone uses a bicycle. Biking at least to reach the only little supermarket during the two opening hours in the morning or those two in the afternoon as there , having to get off when passing through the central village. How wonderfully this slows you down and reactivates all senses. During long walks from the north island, over the little bridge connecting both island parts, down to the most southern point and the harbor welcoming the mainland ferry twice a day, I always had one song in mind: Henri Salvador’s ‘Chambre Avec Vue’. Listen, if you like.

The former residence of the poet Edmond Haracourt at Île de Bréhat, Brittany, France is now property and in administration of the Cité Universitaire in Paris. Students of all disciplines can apply for a free two-weeks’ stay in summertime, and ten applicants of different nationalities are selected. During the rest of the year also non-students can rent the house and visit the place as guests.
I was lucky to be selected for this two-weeks stay here at the end of a student exchange with ‘Erasmus’ in 2001/2002 in Paris.
That time I was living at the German house ‘Maison Heinrich Heine’ at the Cité Universitaire for two semesters, also assisting with their events as ‘tutrice culturelle’.
I remember well that after the residency at the Fondation Haracourt I wanted to travel on to Avignon to attend the biggest theatre festival in Europe. But it was exactly the season when there was a big strike and all official performances were cancelled. What a pity… for the performers as well as for the audience.

See all info regarding this residency and the former house of Edmond Haracourt on the homepage of the Cité Universitaire, Paris XVI (in Frensh only).
Further info on the island Île de Bréhat, how to get there, climate, policy etc. on wikipedia.
Photos: CIUP

Grožnjan / Istria, Croatia

Grožnjan / Istria, Croatia

Artist village, no residency

An idyllic medieval small town
on the mountaintop, full of ateliers and galleries

This idyllic place exists thanks to an artists’ initiative in the 1970. Many creative minds
as well as arts and crafts gifted people moved into abandoned houses and installed ateliers and galleries.
Nowadays about 40 painters, potters, goldsmiths, glassmakers and other artists live and work in this small medieval place on a mountain top in the Istrian countryside. It is worth a trip – only to enjoy a promenade through the narrow cobblestone streets and the breath-taking view over the hills of the wine country.

In summer there is a renowned youth music camp and music festival – bringing over a lot of music lovers. 

Vladimir Kašnar: “Grožnjan is a jewel, and has a Music camp for Jeunesse Musicale – actually set up by my sister Branka Lalic and others in the 1960’s.
And Motovun, also very special, is the film festival venue. Rajko Grlic, the movie director who set up Motovun festival and for many years ran a workshop for film in Grožnjan, has a house right under Grožnjan. We are good friends.”

Info on:
Grožnjan / Istria

International cultural Centre of Jeunesses Musicales Croatia in Grožnjan
Motovun / Istria
Motovun Film Festival
Photos: A.M.

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