Probably the city’s first “artists in residence” are widely known today: Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner and Arnold Schönberg, Nikolaus Lenau, Arthur Schnitzler and Peter Altenberg regularly spent time in Gmunden and created parts of their work here. The concept of a creative change of scenery, coupled with interdisciplinary exchange, was also instrumental in Kurt Ohnsorg’s international innovative symposia. Today, the city continues these traditions with its ever-growing range of artist residencies.
Residencies of the Academy of Ceramics Gmunden
The Schleiss family’s affinity for art and their cooperation with artists of the Wiener Werkstätte were decisive for the unique interweaving of art, handicrafts and industrial production in Gmunden. The love of art and the willingness to open the doors to the company infrastructure, especially to its kilns, to aspiring ceramists has remained with the successor company Gmundner Keramik Manufaktur to this day. The residency program of the Academy of Ceramics Gmunden has been accepting artists from all over the world for 3 months at a time since 2022.
In the midst of the first Covid lockdown, when travel abroad was not possible for artists, the idea for the AIR 101 artists-in-residence program was born. Since 2021, young artists have been invited to a studio house on the shores of Lake Traunsee – with a special focus on multidisciplinarity, including from the fields of design, media art and literature. AIR 101 is a private initiative.