Now, in the age of globalisation and in the face of today’s fast-past cultural knowledge transfer, it is more important than ever to strive for a cross-cultural dialogue based on tolerance and mutual respect. In order to promote international exchange, the Federal State of Lower Austria initiated an artist-in-residence program in 2000, setting up five studio apartments and a large common room.

In order to ensure diversity and a vibrant atmosphere amongst the studios, the artist-in-residence program awards its scholarships to artists from the fields of visual arts, literature, architecture and music. The studios serve as temporary living and working spaces and provide the opportunity for both international and interdisciplinary exchange.

The studios are located in the heart of the Kunstmeile Krems. This cultural district consists of various institutions such as the Kunsthalle Krems, the Landesgalerie Niederösterreich, the Karikaturmuseum, the Artothek Niederösterreich, the Unabhängige Literaturhaus Niederösterreich, the Susanne Wenger Archiv, and the ORTE Architekturnetzwerk Niederösterreich. Closed by the Donau-Universität Krems and the Klangraum Krems/Minoritenkirche.