Newsletter 70
June 2022
Newsletter deutsch
Dear KUN:ST friends,

It's almost time for our last exhibition "Art in Transition" in the KUN:ST Quartier Leonberg to come to an end. And we can already say that it was a great finale to our art gallery time. With five sales and many positive reactions so far, it has been a great success. The exhibition will run until the 5th of June, then it will be time to clear out. And even though this marks the end of a chapter in our association's history, there is not much time for melancholy. For the next activities are already in the pipeline:

KUN:ST Award 2022

We have a good number of applications for our KUN:ST Award and are already looking forward to great exhibitions in Schwetzingen and Wiesbaden. Anyone who would still like to take part can still apply, but must be quick - applications are still possible until the 3rd of June 2022.

Exhibition: 4 to 29 August 2022 in the Orangery of Schwetzingen Palace and optionally afterwards at ARTe Wiesbaden from 2 to 4 September 2022.

The complete call for entries can be found at:

ART in Transition - Amtsgericht Stuttgart

We had so many applications for the exhibition at the Stuttgart Local Court that a selection had to be made by our art advisory board. This has been done. The artists selected by the jury have been informed individually.

The exhibition will run from the 20th of June to the 26th of August 2022. The set-up of the exhibition will take place on the 18th of June, the removal on the 27th of August 2022.

Opening: 23 June 2022, 6.30 p.m.

More information about the exhibition can be found at:

Red Dot Miami

On the the 30th of June the registration deadline for our Miami project ends. Our booth #304 at the Red Dot has been booked and confirmed.

Further Information and registration conditions can be found at:


In these times it is important to stay in digital dialogue. For this we have an online overview of our key topics:


  1. Unfortunately, our board member Uta Heiland has had to resign from the board for personal reasons. We regret this very much and thank her sincerely for the work she has done for the association.
  2. Our search for a storage space in the Stuttgart area was successful. Thanks to our member Bettina Kohlen, we have found a room in Korntal that will be available to us from the 1st of June 2022. This will allow us to store our exhibition utensils such as bases, cords or tools temporarily and keep them available for exhibitions in the future. Many thanks to Bettina for the help!
  3. Last weekend, the board of the association met for a session in Dortmund and discussed very intensively the aims of the association after the closure of the Kunst Quartier Leonberg. It was a very productive meeting in a constructive atmosphere.

    In brief, these are the most important points and decisions of the meeting:

    The closure of the gallery is basically a new start into a more supra-regional work. On the one hand, this means a greater challenge as now we have to search constantly for suitable exhibition venues. But on the other hand it also means an opportunity to open up new spaces in a wider sense.

    In the coming years, we want to continue to offer about 3-5 exhibitions per year, including at least one international art fair. Formats developed and proven in the past, such as the members' exhibitions, the art award, the welcome exhibition for new members and the Christmas sale "Merry Christmas" should be retained.

    In the future, more attention will be paid to the possibility of showing large-format works at exhibitions.

    For 2023, we are planning an exhibition for new members – possibly parallel to a members' exhibition – in Stettenfels Castle, an exhibition in Berlin, a call for entries for the Art Award combined with an exhibition of the award winners, as well as the participation in an art fair in Germany and one more in another European country. Further information will be announced shortly.

    We as chairpersons are convinced that one of the main goals of the association is to create attractive exhibition opportunities for the members of the association. However, we believe that another goal is to enable networking among the members. Thats’s why we discussed various ideas on how to achieve this goal even better, especially after the closing of the Leonberg Gallery which was a "natural" meeting place. We talked about how members can better coordinate regionally and join together for activities. To make this easier, we want to at least create the possibility of finding other members of the association via their postcodes. And we want to announce a new format next year: an open studio day or weekend. If on this date one or two studios in each region are open simultaneously, this would be a good possibility to bring together the regional members of the association and at the same time to help building up a better network collectively.

    The third pillar of the association is the professionalization of the members of the association. We have discussed the possibilities of supporting the members to improve their artist profiles on our homepage, but also the provision of general practical support. This could of course be analogue workshops, but in the past these have hardly met with sufficient response. With this experience in mind, we are currently rather thinking of digital offers in a protected members' area of our website.

    In order to ensure a continuous, professional and efficient handling of recurring work for the fulfilment of the association's tasks, certain work is to be transferred to salaried staff in the future. A first position will be advertised shortly to find someone to write press articles and develop brochures, take care for the marketing of our activities, preparing and sending out invoices and managing the association's bank account, including checking incoming and outgoing payments. Additionally, we need support in the area of website maintenance. Such a position will also be advertised shortly.

    And finally, we plan to produce a calendar for 2023 with pictures of works by the participating artists. More information on this will also be announced soon.
Looking ahead with these promising perspectives, we say goodbye for today.

Best regards,

Maja Smoltczyk und Andreas Kerstan
Co-Vorsitzende des Kunst Stuttgart International e.V.
Maja Smoltczyk
Andreas Kerstan