HISTORY

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 old Eastern border. In 1993, Hans Molzberger acquired 50,000 square meters of land in Hilmsen, which included a Gothic farmhouse built in 1906 along with several dilapidated barns, to continue to create large-scale sculpture.

Molzberger began making minor modifications and additions to the farm and facilities so the environment would be more conducive for studio artwork. He started hosting his friends and fellow artists to create their own work, research and collaborate. This led to the founding of Atelierhaus Hilmsen (meaning “ studio house” in English), a professional arts and humanities residency and non-profit organization.

MISSION

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.

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS

Each year Atelierhaus Himsen hosts 7 day international workshops by instructors from around the world who are masters in their fields. Workshop fees and dates vary depending upon the availability of the instructor and the type of workshop being implemented. For more details regarding workshop availability and cost at Atelierhahus Hilmsen please contact us at info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with the subject line: WORKSHOP.

If you are interested in instructing a workshop please contact us at info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with a one paragraph proposal describing what you wish to teach. Please use the subject line: INSTRUCTOR. After we review your initial description we will be better able to inform you about how we can help make your ideal workshop a success.

REGIONAL WORKSHOPS

Coming Soon.

 

 

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GROUNDS + FACILITIES


15,000 SQUARE METERS OF SPACE
WIFI
3D PRINTING
CERAMIC KILNS
RAKU FIRING
IRON + BRONZE CASTING
WELDING
PRINTMAKING
SCREEN PRINTING
MUSIC REHEARSAL SPACE + STEINWAY PIANOS
PHOTO DARK ROOM
PROFESSIONAL FILM + VIDEO EDITING EQUIPMENT
PAINTING + DRAWING STUDIOS
SCULPTURE YARD + TOOLS
BICYCLES
RESIDENCY VAN

Atelierhaus Hilmsen can accommodate your project and working processes regardless of how specific or challenging. Please share your vision. Send us an email with the subject line labeled ‘POSSIBILITIES’ to info@atelierhaushilmsen.org.

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About the Program

Atelierhaus Hilmsen accepts applications who work from the following fields: visual arts, archaeology, architecture, music composition, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater – without regard to nationality, age, race, or gender. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.
Students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of the application are eligible to apply for the Molzberger Akademie Program here.
Please make use of our free downloadable patron packet (PDF) which summarizes our mission and also lists our facilities. Other media is available below.

Patron Fellowship Packet (PDF)
General Packet for Artists (PDF)
General Flyer (PDF)

Emerging artists are welcome to apply.
Most residents stay for three weeks.  Depending on the needs of the project proposed by the resident, Atelierhaus Hilmsen determines the duration of the stay for each resident.  Students applying to the Molzberger Akademie summer session may only attend for the three-week period.  However, if a student’s university is willing to provide course credit for a semester, Atelierhaus Hilmsen is willing to host students for a longer period if necessary.  If you would like to stay longer or shorter than three weeks, please contact info@atelierhaushilmsen.org.
Atelierhaus Hilmsen hosts professors on sabbatical.  Please email info@atelierhaushilmsen.org for more information.
Residents may be accompanied by their spouses/partners for the entirety or part of their stay.  Spouses/partners will be charged a daily fee of 25 USD to help defray costs.  Spouses/partners who intend to pursue individual or collaborative projects and who wish to be designated as Atelierhaus Residents, must submit separate and complete applications.
Atelierhaus Hilmsen does accommodate collaborative Residents (no more than two persons). Please note that residents working on a collaborative project may be required to share the same bedroom and studio if other arrangements are not possible.
Atelierhaus Hilmsen cannot accommodate children, young adults, or any family members other than spouses and partners.
The cost to attend depends on whether the resident is a student, professional artist or whether the applicant intends to participate in a workshop session.

Email info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with questions regarding costs.

 

For Universities and Arts & Humanities Organizations

Atelierhaus Hilmsen invites teachers, instructors, professionals and experts within the arts and humanities to organize and lead practicums in Hilmsen. Workshops are typically 7 days long and are all inclusive. Instructors and organizations who wish to schedule workshops are responsible for recruiting their own students to participate. Atelierhaus Hilmsen may assist in promoting scheduled workshops. For more information, email info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with the subject line: workshop.
Universities interested in providing course credit to students for their time and work at the residency should email info@atelierhaushilmsen.org with the subject line: study abroad program. To see a list of universities who are already affiliated with Atelierhaus Hilmsen please click here.

 

Defraying the Costs of Travel and Other Expenses

Many of our residents use the following sites to acquire funding for their time at Atelierhaus Hilmsen:

TransArtists
ResArtis
GoFundMe
Kickstarter
Patreon

Other options include applying for grants, requesting corporate sponsorship and/or seeking help from gallerists, patrons or sponsors.

ART / / / NETZWERK is a non-profit organization which focuses on cultivating the promotion, understanding and appreciation of the arts & humanities.

Artists who demonstrate exceptional talent may apply for assistance through Art Netzwerk.  This helps defray the cost of the residency.  Art Netzwerk provides at least one fellowship annually and accepts applications year-round.  See www.artnetzwerk.org/affiliations/ for more information.

Please make use of our free downloadable patron packet (PDF) which summarizes our mission and also lists our facilities. Other media is available below.

Patron Fellowship Packet (PDF)
General Packet for Artists (PDF)
General Flyer (PDF)

 

Travel Details

To view our interactive map please click here.
Residents are advised to ship purchased supplies from a German company to the residency. Custom fees can be high if supplies are shipped from locations outside of Germany. Links to some art supply stores are listed below. Please review the terms and conditions for each merchant before purchasing.

SHIP SUPPLIES TO:

Atelierhaus Hilmsen
Hauptstraße 1
29413 Wallstawe OT Hilmsen
Deutschland

Contact: Hans Molzberger (cell): +490 16096775507

ART SUPPLY COMPANIES IN GERMANY

Boesner Art
www.boesner.com

Hans Wolbring Clay + Glazes
www.keramikbedarf.de/zahlungsmoeglichkeiten

Residents usually fly into Hamburg or Berlin and take a train to the residency.  Another option is to fly into Copenhagen (costs less) and make the rest of the journey by train. Turkish Air generally offers the lowest fares to Hamburg and provides excellent service.  It is better to arrive earlier in the day so there will be plenty of time to catch the trains to Atelierhaus Hilmsen.  Residents are strongly encouraged to exchange currency (Euros) before leaving the airport if they did not do so at their bank before leaving home. Notify your bank of travel plans before leaving home so credit cards/ATM cards will work in Germany.
It is best to choose an earlier arrival time so residents will have plenty of time to catch the trains to Atelierhaus Hilmsen.  Residents are advised to purchase train tickets at the airport after they have their baggage since trains run frequently and are usually on time.  Residents are strongly encouraged to exchange currency (Euros) before leaving the airport if they did not do so at their bank before leaving home.  Please note that elevators are available in most of the train stations which makes it easier to board with luggage.  There are train attendants at each station who can help with purchasing tickets and will point people to the correct platforms to catch the trains. Link to purchase tickets is below.

Detailed instructions for taking the train from Hamburg to Salzwedel (12 miles from the residency):

Upon arrival to the nearby town of Salzwedel, residents will be picked up and driven to Atelierhaus Hilmsen.  When residents arrive at the Hamburg airport, they must follow the green signs for the S Bahn. Take the elevator down and find the large red machines to purchase a train ticket.  Train tickets are approximately €25-50 euros depending on the type of train, class and route.

Ticket Machines:

  • Press English option below.
  • Press ALL DB OFFERS (a small button on the bottom left corner)
  • Press POINT OF DEPARTURE-DESTINATION
  • Input the text: SALZWEDEL
  • Follow the instructions
  • Travelers may opt for longer time between trains if they have extra luggage or prefer not to rush.
  • Scroll through the options to find cheaper fares. Hit the arrow on left to get more details and then press the PRINT TIME TABLE button to keep with you (strongly recommended). Note the stops and duration of the trips.
  • Option: choose a route that passes through the town of Uelzen. The Uelzen train station is a work of art!

Go down to the train and hop on the S1. You must get to the Hauptbanhoff (central station). It is the stop after the Berliner Tor stop.  Hop off and hop on the other side and proceed toward the opposite direction. If for some reason you miss the stop – once you are off the train, go up the escalator to the main part of the central station (inside where all the stores and shops are located). You will be on the top level and will have to go down to your proper platform.

See the timetable information that you printed to find the correct platform to board the train. Follow the numbers on the blue signs. Notice the time you have between stops because you may need to hurry if your departure is soon. First class is on top. Second class on bottom. You will pass and stop at several towns. At some point during the ride the train attendant will ask for your ticket.

The only switch you make should be in Uelzen.  If there is any doubt as to whether you are on the right train just ask a friendly German if it is going in your direction but the signs should be clear.

Atelierhaus Hilmsen accepts applications who work from the following fields: visual arts, archaeology, architecture, music composition, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater – without regard to nationality, age, race, or gender. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.

FYI: the official site to purchase train tickets in Germany is https://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/ .