The art center ATELIERFRANKFURT (AF) in Frankfurt’s Ostend houses 140 studios on 11.000 square meters for over 200 artists and creatives. The AF offers individually and cooperatively used spaces for creative and artistic production on a professional level and is one of the largest art centers in Germany.
The AF lives through constant change. The house is characterized by changing exhibitions, projects and events that offer an insight into artistic work processes of the local and international art scene. Visual arts, artist talks, discussions and theories are just as much a part of AF as music, dance and literature.
AF creates spaces for experimentation with the goal of strengthening interdisciplinary collaboration and artistic diversity. It is cooperative projects and extraordinary event-concepts that open AF to the urban community. AF functions as an intermediary between the public interest, the local art scene, and the global art world. AF is in contact with hundreds of artists and art enthusiasts, contributing significantly as a patron to the cultural landscape of Frankfurt am Main and the larger Rhein-Main metropolitan area.
The studio and exhibition house AF was founded in 2004 by a private initiative for affordable artist studios. AF quickly established itself as a place of production, presentation and networking for the young Frankfurt art scene. Institutions such as Lichter Filmfest, acousmain, freitagsküche, the thing, and salon noir all started at AF.
From 2004 to 2013 AF was the intermediate occupant of the former main office building of Andreae-Noris Zahn AG. There, the 3.500 square meters Offspace offered 45 studios for artists and creators. AF staged many solo- and group exhibitions and was a popular location for readings and discussions. In 2014, the building was demolished.
Since 2014 AF has occupied 11.000 square meters of space in the up-and-coming neighborhood Ostend. The building, a former warehouse, was built in 1912 to house the corporate headquarters of the produce sales chain Jakob Latscha. Later it was bought and used by the beverage company Loulakis.
Following extensive renovations in 2013 and 2014, AF opened its doors with a new, broadened concept: maintaining the long-standing method of combining workspaces and exhibition areas as well as event- and funding programs while expanding on an international level. Today the AF is not only the largest studio- and exhibition house in Hessen, but also one of the largest art centers in Germany.
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The nonprofit association ATELIERFRANKFURT e.V. is the sole bearer of the art center of the same name. The association is funded primarily through donations, both private and public from companies, institutions, and foundations. Frankfurt am Main’s Kulturamt is an important endorser and advocate of AF.
With the creation of 140 studios as well as exhibition- and event spaces, AF became one of the largest centers of art in Germany. In addition to promoting roughly 200 artists and creative professionals in the Rhein-Main region, AF’s influence extends far beyond the walls of Schwedlerstraße 1-5 to strengthen the international potential of Frankfurt am Main.
ATELIERFRANKFURT e.V. is brought to life by many dedicated members and volunteer helpers who support the AF-Team and managerial chairman. The advisory board is headed by Chairwoman Dr. Petra Roth (the Mayor of Frankfurt am Main a.D.) and aids the association in an advisory capacity.
AF could not achieve the work it does without the support of its partners from the private and public sector. Communal projects and long-term goals can only be realized through the exchange and bringing together of different strengths, experiences, and knowledge.
Andreae Noris Zahn AG, Aventis Foundation, CA Immo Deutschland GmbH, Ernst & Young AG, Fine German Contemporary, Frankfurter Kultur Komitee e. V., Fuenfwerken Wiesbaden, Hessische Kulturstiftung, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Linklaters LLP, Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Moxy Frankfurt East, LINDLEY Lindenberg, Schenker Deutschland AG, Sparda Bank Hessen eG, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main
Further support with donations or volunteer could help the AF to preserve and expand valuable space for interdisciplinary exchange of experimental arts in Frankfurt am Main. The non-profit association ATELIERFRANKFURT e.V. is entitled to issue donation certificates.
ATELIERFRANKFURT e.V. is represented by a board of honorary volunteers. This board is comprised of two experts from the finance and legal fields with international connections. The two board members win partners, patrons, and sponsors for the association and are active as communicators and disseminators of information.
Chairman of the executive board Jörg Mugrauer
Member of the executive board Dr. Sebastian Daub
Member of the executive board Jochen Czelecz
Member of the executive board Daniel Missethon
ATELIERFRANKFURT’s advisory board supports the association by providing their advice and counsel. The board is composed of leaders from various professions who each contribute their specific knowledge and experience. The members of the advisory board are volunteers.
Chairwoman of advisory board
Dr. Petra Roth, Oberbürgermeisterin der Stadt Frankfurt am Main a.D.
Members of advisory board
Athanasios Georginas, Dr. Markus Gräßler, Michael Loulakis, Dr. Ina Hartwig, Sybille Linke, Carolina Romahn, Dr. Felix Semmelroth, Ulrich Wolff