Art as Social Practice

Art as Social Practice is a programme for artists of all disciplines who want to situate and expand their practice within social fields. How can artistic practices connect with the concerns of cultural, socio-cultural and political education and their existing pedagogical and systemic dimensions? How can we generate and weave alternative knowledge in collective artistic processes?

The programme invites participants to discuss the hopes and challenges of artistic processes in social practices together with other practitioners and guest lecturers, and to imagine future forms of working and relating across different groups of knowledge.


Participation and Collaboration as Political Processes

Art as social practice takes place in a variety of constellations and moves within different political and social contexts and their specific conditions. Exemplary fields of work are collaborations with schools and daycare centres, neighbourhood work, artistic work with different age and interest groups, actionist interventions and many more. Initiating and moderating participation and collaboration as artistic processes in these different contexts requires not only a high degree of sensitivity and interprofessional understanding from artists, but also a great deal of inventiveness in order to encounter different settings and groups of knowledge.

Contents and Objectives

The programme invites artists who already have some initial experience working artistically in social fields or cultural education. In the framework of five dialogue-oriented modules, the programme offers the opportunity to learn from and with guest lecturers from different contexts of cultural, socio-cultural and socio-political work and to exchange ideas about their own practices and disciplines. In addition to studying transferable skills and teaching tools and strategies, the programme aims to stimulate exchange and networking between arts practitioners and (para-)institutional structure and to create a platform for collaboration. As a complement to an artistic Master's degree or an artistic practice recognised as equivalent, Art as Social Practice imparts knowledge and (self-)awareness to enable artists to cooperate on an equal footing and responsibly with actors and institutions of societal and social contexts as well as within fields of cultural education.

Art as Social Practice is being initiated and supported by Crespo Foundation and offered by the Hessian Theatre Academy and the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in dialogue with the Hessian art academies and is aimed at artists of all disciplines. In distinction to a formal degree, the programme serves as a platform for exchange and networking in an experimental sense, enabling free discourse with experts and colleagues and equipping artists with more self-confidence and ability to act in cooperation with educational and art institutions.


Art as Social Practice will be launched for the first time in October 2023 as a pilot programme. Between October 2023 and March 2024 participants will meet in the context of five modules lasting several days (see below for dates) at various locations in Frankfurt, Hesse and the surrounding area. Suitable accommodation will be provided and travel expenses will be reimbursed as part of a lump sum. Between the modules there will be a series of awareness-raising trainings (online) as well as independent work on artistic project designs.



24. - 27.10.2024 / GEBHARDSHÜTTE, ODENWALD

20 - 24.11.2024 / FRANKFURT AM MAIN


26 - 30.03.2025 / FRANKFURT AM MAIN

The dates for the online workshops will be announced later.


Admission requirements


To participate, please apply with the following documents:

The application can be submitted in writing (as one pdf document) or as an audio or video message. If you are submitting videos or audios, upload them to Vimeo, YouTube or SoundCloud and send us the respective links. Please send your application documents to


We offer two Infosessions on Zoom:

On 13th of May at 11am and 3rd of June at 5pm

Link sent on request (


If required, suitable accommodation will be provided for overnight stays during the modules; meals will be provided during the module days. Travel costs to attend the modules will be reimbursed. The programme will take place in German and English spoken language as agreed. Sign language interpreters can be organized if required. Unfortunately, the Gebhardshütte is not wheelchair accessible - should this be a reason for someone not to be able to attend, we will change this venue. All venues have all-gender toilets. Participants are welcome to bring their children to the modules. 

Unlearning ableist and discriminatory structures is part of the curriculum; nevertheless, the programme still acts in a world that continues to dis-able. We rely on feedback to break down existing barriers. If you need assistance or support, or have questions about or feedback on accessibility, please be in touch via


For all general inquiries or questions please write to


Frida Laux

T: 069.154007-573



Janka Visky

T: 069.154007-573