Our program offers the opportunity to regularly gain insights into artistic processes and to have a personal exchange with our fellows.


The following series of events provide a framework for literary, artistic and musical contributions in an informal atmosphere:


Brunch: every third Sunday of the month from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
-> walk in at any time without prior notice

Dinner: on the first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
-> by appointment at info[at]


Towards perma-cultural institutions. Exercises in collective thinking
10. — 18. Juli 2022

A summer seminar organized by Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, curated by Aneta Rostkowska and Nada Schroer



In the last few years, we have observed a proliferation of exhibitions on plants and ecology in art institutions accompanied by a fascination with indigenous thinking and various forms of collective work. At the same time, we notice a growing disillusionment with the art system itself, such as its lack of solidarity, exploitative working conditions, short term funding paired with shrinking structural support, superficial understanding of diversity, strong hierarchical structures at art institutions, normative individualism, compulsive self-branding or the cult of mobility and flexibility. The art system perfectly mimics the neoliberal economy that we all live in. However, this disappointment often does not translate into concrete actions. “Neoliberal art realism” (a term inspired by Mark Fisher’s “capitalist realism”) permeates everything, as the sense that the status quo of the art world is the only viable art system, and it is impossible to imagine a coherent alternative.


On the other hand, the experience of climate change makes it clear that the economy and society cannot continue in the same way as it has before. The ecological catastrophe that we are facing now triggers a strong impulse and need for change.


During this seminar we will use ecological thinking to think differently about the workings of the art system and especially different types of art institutions. We will try to bring the teachings of plants and permaculture that until now mostly function as exhibition content into the structures of our work so that they inform our curatorial practices. How the ethics of permaculture (Earthcare, Peoplecare and Fairshare) could inspire a lasting transformation of art institutions going beyond superficial application of ecological guidelines? Can the regenerative aspect of permacultural thinking be transformed into a regenerative philosophy of an art institution? Could this thinking translate to sustainable community-based practices focused on emancipatory forms of working together and collective care for (ecological and social) commons? What can we learn from indigenous practices and the functioning of art in indigenous contexts without appropriating or romanticizing it? Modernism constructed an abstract separation of “nature” and “culture” and brought with itself colonization processes fuelled by racist ideologies and the needs of capitalism. Now we must ask: How can we collectively enter the next step? Can we negate modernism and its constantly reappearing “ghosts” and in a synthetic, all-encompassing move arrive at the next level with new, sustainable concepts and practices?


The goal of the gathering is to create a network – a mycellium – of perma-cultural practitioners and art institutions interested in putting the ecological reflection in the art sector on another, deeper level that leads to new models of instituting.


The first part of the seminar will be dedicated to understanding of the permacultural practices as well as other ecological approaches through theory but also gardening exercises. Together with invited experts, for example Alfred Decker, we will explore the techniques and the ethics of permaculture along its 12 principles:  Observe and interact, Catch and store energy, Obtain a yield, Apply self-regulation & accept feedback, Use & value renewable resources & services, Produce no waste, Design from patterns to details, Integrate rather than segregate, Use small and slow solutions, Use and value diversity, Use edges & value the marginal and Creatively use and respond to change.
In the second part we will go deeper into specific topics like curating in small/midscale art institutions, curating residency programs and curating festivals. We will collectively apply permacultural/plant-thinking to these areas trying to figure out how ecological approaches can help us to transform these fields on our path to overcome the neoliberal art realism and to develop methods of ecological instituting.


There will be an event open for external visitors, art practitioners and cultural workers from the region to follow the keynote lectures and join the collective discussion.


Each participant will be asked to provide a short input for the group during the seminar based on their experiences.


During the gathering we will also perform collective gardening at the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen under the guidance of artist Yoeri Guépin. This practical engagement with soil, plants and the planet aim to enhance our theoretical discussions.


A reading list will be prepared for all participants with a request to read the texts before arrival.



The seminar is curated by Aneta Rostkowska and Nada Schroer and hosted by Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, directed by Julia Haarmann.


The project is part of the CAP (Curating for Advanced Practices) program of the Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen. CAP aims to develop new strategies and structures in the arts and for artistic practices and negotiate their implementation and production conditions.


Aneta Rostkowska is a curator, author and gardener, a graduate of the de Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam. She is pursuing experimental curatorial practices in which politically relevant storytelling develops through carefully constructed sensual environments. Rostkowska studied philosophy, economics and art history in Kraków, Poznań, Heidelberg and Frankfurt am Main. She worked as a curator at Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art in Kraków (2011-2016) and at the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne (2016-2018). Since January 2019 she is a director of Temporary Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art in Cologne. Apart from curating, she has also been teaching art theory, art history and philosophy at various universities and art schools.


Nada Schroer studied Arts and Media Presentation in Hildesheim as well as Cultures of Curation in Leipzig. She researches and writes about the topics of digitality, science fiction and games. Her art communication and curating work includes projects at HKW Berlin, Sprengel Museum Hanover, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Kunstverein Braunschweig, GOLD + BETON in Cologne, D21 Leipzig, and NRW-Forum Düsseldorf.


In cooperation with the CCA Temporary Gallery in Cologne.


The project is supported by the Friends of the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen and the Kunststiftung NRW.


Ecosystem Künstlerdorf - Learning from Nature
1. März — 31. Juli 2022

Triggered by the climate crisis and social and geopolitical developments, established structures are increasingly being called into question.


The Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen deals with questions of an alternative corporate culture related to its residency program. In doing so, interior and exterior space are considered together and aspects of more sustainable and fairer cycles of resources are included. During the project, a vernacular kitchen garden will be created, a connection to the program design will be established and a guideline with policies about mobility, the use of resources and the temporary communities located in the Künstlerdorf will be developed.


As part of this process, we invited visual artist Yoeri Guépin who has been working with gardens as artistic and social medium, to intervene in the ecosystem of the Künstlerdorf. “Drawing connections between current and past functions of the Künstlerdorf, I aim to initiate novel ecosystems that shape and operate both inside and outside the infrastructure for art. Gardens are able to form communities around plant species, facilitating long lasting structures for care, (un)learning and reveal our co-dependencies with other organisms.”


In April and May 2022, the fellows Ona Juciūtė, Nolwenn Salaün, Agata Szymanek and Evangelia Spiliopoulou (virtual participation) will expand the project with their artistic perspectives and individual experiences.



The project takes place in cooperation with the Horstmar Schöppingen Secondary School and the Research Transfer Office (AFO) of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and is funded by the Regional Culture Program of the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW, the Kultursekretariat Gütersloh and the Friends of the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen.
The mobility grants are funded by i-Portunus Houses. The i-Portunus Houses pilot scheme is implemented, on behalf of the European Commission. Coordinated by the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), the i-Portunus Houses consortium involves MitOst (Berlin) and the Kultura Nova Foundation (Zagreb).


The Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen shows solidarity with the people of Ukraine and those who had to leave their country because of the war.


As a concrete aid measure, we are joining the „Kultur hilft Kultur“ campaign initiated by the NRW Culture Council and accompanied and supported by the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science. This makes a culture-specific contribution to help artists and cultural workers from Ukraine with opportunities for cultural life. Free apartments and studios including a monthly grant are now available for this purpose in the Künstlerdorf.


We are also in close contact with the municipality of Schöppingen regarding further housing needs. The district government of Münster has announced that it will “temporarily reactivate the state’s former central accommodation facility (ZUE) in Schöppingen for the exclusive admission of war refugees from Ukraine. Subject to necessary furnishing and repair work, the state facility will be ready for occupancy again from the fourth week of March and will then be able to accommodate between 300 and 400 people, depending on the family composition of the war refugees.”

Volunteers wanted for a social year in culture!

Künstlerdorf Schöppingen and Landesmusikakademie NRW in Heek are intensifying their collaboration.


In a first step, a joint position for a volunteer in the social year in culture, a so-called FSJ culture, is offered. This combined position, which will start on September 1st, will help to connect the two institutions and is also responsible for joint projects and events. Here young people have the opportunity to get to know the work of two different cultural institutions and to gain an insight into cultural management. Interested young people are invited to apply for an FSJ Kultur.

Further information on this:

On January 27, 2022, the co-initiator and founding director of the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen died in Münster at the age of 93. During his eight years in Schöppingen, he provided important impetus for literature and the visual arts and created an enduring place to live and work. We remember him with great appreciation and gratitude.

Opera "Akasha" by Wingel Mendoza
4. Dezember 2021 — 20.00 Uhr

The opera project by the Mexican composer and sound artist was created during his six-month fellowship residency in 2021. In his work, Mendoza explores the possibilities of expanding sounds using his own analog and/or digital instruments. To create new ways of perceiving sound, he works with external electronic sources such as video, image and sensors. „Akasha“ is a series of five interactive compositions and ensembles based on the five essential elements (fire, water, earth, wind and spirit). The five elements of nature can exist on their own, but their environment begins to change as they interact.


History's Footnote: on Love and Freedom (Exhibition)
2. Oktober — 28. November 2021

Works by our fellows Noncedo Gxekwa, Felipe Castelblanco and Géraldine Tobe, with assistance from Jeanpy Kabango, will be on view as part of the exhibition “History’s Footnote: on Love and Freedom” at Marres – Huis voor Hedendaagse Cultuur.

The exhibition by South African curator Khanyisile Mbongwa connects stories of resilience and protest. History’s Footnote exposes the traumas of racial, sexual, gender, and cultural inequality. At the same time, the exhibition reveals the invisible traces, untold stories and experiences and presents an alternative emancipatory history. It focuses on the search for love and freedom in which history is nothing more than a footnote. The exhibition gives voice to history, but at the same time imagines a future of freedom where we can know, live and love.

Those who have been oppressed know that independence does not come with freedom,“ Mbongwa says, „and those who do not have freedom are also denied love.“

The exhibition will be on view at Marres, from October 2nd until November 28th, 2021.

Open Workshop
2. Juni — 21. November 2021

For the first time there is the possibility to use the newly equipped workshop area of ​​the Künstlerdorf for own ideas and projects. Techniques such as drawing, painting, screen printing, analog photography and working with clay, wood and metal are available here. A trained workshop manager and fellows of the Künstlerdorf provide insights into manual and artistic work. Different techniques can be learned and tried out independently.

Brunch and Dinner in the Künstlerdorf

… offer the opportunity to regularly gain insights into artistic processes and to have a personal exchange with the fellows. We cordially invite you to experience literary, artistic and musical contributions in an informal atmosphere.

19. Juni 2021 — 10.00 Uhr