Making it possible for children and young people in rural areas to have direct encounters with artists – that was the idea when the Crespo Foundation set up the flying artist’s room in 2018 as a programme for cultural development in schools, in cooperation with the Hessian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs (HKM) and the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK). In summer 2022, the concept is being expanded to include a flying artist’s room in an urban setting, with a new approach to work in cities and a mobile studio landing at documenta fifteen in Kassel as part of the mediation platform CAMP notes on education as a CAMP workspace for its Arts Educators in Residence programme.
The flying artist’s room – a mobile live-in studio – “lands” on school playgrounds in rural parts of Hessen, providing a space in which artists live and work. For at least one school year, these artists in residence try out creative work processes with the whole school community. In the 2022/23 school year, the programme is being extended to six studios with the addition of a further three schools.
In summer 2022, the concept is also being expanded with a new approach to work in urban areas. For the flying artist’s room in an urban setting, another mobile studio will be taking up residence for two years in the Frankfurt district of Preungesheim. The aim is to allow children and young people in particular, but also other interested residents in Preungesheim, to directly participate in art and cultural education.
From 15 June 2022, the flying artist’s room is also being hosted for a period of one hundred days by the international art exhibition documenta fifteen. As part of the mediation platform CAMP notes on education, the studio is becoming a CAMP workspace for its Arts Educators in Residence programme.