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Bird view on the House of Art; video: Michael Radeck

AIR Mission Statement

Invitations are currently issued exclusively through cooperation with partner organisations in the respective countries.

The Artist-in-Residence program (AIR) of the Schafhof – European Center for Art Upper Bavaria is open to artists from across Europe. The artists and their personal and artistic needs form the focal point of the artist-in-residence program.

The location in the midst of nature and the exceptional architecture create an atmosphere in which artists can concentrate on their own work, while they can also integrate into the rich contemporary art scene of Munich and Upper Bavaria.

The values of a borderless, open and free continent, a Europe of regions, are reflected in the program’s purpose and meaning. Forming the main themes are the two poles of technology and nature as central pillars of a modern and sustainable community, which is fostered by the setting and facilities of the art center.

The Schafhof is a public institution of the Bezirk Oberbayern. The District Council of Upper Bavaria set up a scholarship for contemporary artists in 2005 with the aim to promote European ideals and enrich the region’s cultural life.


  • 3 comfortable live-work studios: Two of these spaces feature living and work areas on two levels; the third space divides the living area and studio into two separate rooms. Each unit has a kitchenette as well as integrated bathroom/shower wall modules.
  • Lounge & library space for meetings, relaxation, study
  • Small workshop with tools for work with wood and metall
  • Garden for artistic work and relaxation
  • Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.

We offer

  • Residencies between 1 and 3 months, depending on the agreement with the partner organisation
  • Apartment and studio for each artist
  • 800 Euro stipend / artist / month (for material costs, travel, catering etc.)
  • Travel expenses (one return travel)
  • Open studio presentations and adjoining programs
  • An exhibition for all participating artists at Schafhof in the following year

Artistic fields

Contemporary visual art, all genres. The program is addressed to freelance and professional artists.


The AIR at Schafhof operates on the base of artist exchange projects with partner institutions outside Germany in a European country. Applications for a residency at the Schafhof need to be submitted to the partner organisation in the framework of an exchange project.

There is no possibility to apply individually for a residency directly at Schafhof. But we are happy about any contact with a potential partner organisation in any European country.


Eike Berg, director
+49 (0) 8161 146231

Am Schafhof 1
85354 Freising / Germany

Autor: Der Systemadministrator 


AIR Presentation EN Icon

Booklet about the AIR-Program
for screen
(PDF, A4, 11 pages, 864 KB) 
print quality
(PDF, A4, 11 pages, 14,8 MB)



The artist-in-residence program takes place in the framework of the European Art Fellowship of the District Council of Upper Bavaria.

During the stay of the guest artists in Freising presentations and open studio days provide the possibility to meet with and know more about the artists. There is always the option to arrange individual visits and meetings as well.