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Zentralwerk is a unique artist-run space in Dresden, Germany where ideas of affordable housing and cultural work come together with experimental, forward-thinking, innovative and participatory artistic production.

Zentralwerk is a collective of artists, humanists, architects and craftsmen that has been staging performances, festivals, exhibitions and concerts in Dresden since 2006.

Self-organisation, diversity and civil society are the core ideas that Zentralwerk aims to approach through artistic expression.

In its urban context Zentralwerk understands itself as a project that focuses on building strong local networks by being an active part of a creative and socially diverse neighbourhood while also promoting the European idea by making international collaborations possible. In the four buildings of Zentralwerk you can find a 400m 2 hall and a smaller hall that’s half that size, a gallery and a 100 units: two thirds of these are used as ateliers for art and creative economy and the other third for housing.

What makes your organisation unique?

Zentralwerk is an artist-run space for self-determined living, working and art-making in a building with historical significance.

What TEH activities are you a part of?

Staff Exchange

  • Facilities
  • Large Concert Hall (audience capacity: more than 300)
  • Factory Multifunction Hall
  • Large Theatre (audience capacity: more than 200)
  • Art Gallery
  • Conference Room
  • Meeting Room
  • Workshop room
  • Artists Studio
  • Rehearsal or Practice Room
  • Music Recording Studio
  • Playground
  • Artistic Residency Accommodation
  • Coffee Café / Bar
  • Co-working Space
  • Multi-purpose Space
  • Courtyard
  • Garden

  • Work areas
  • MusicNotesSimple Music
  • Theatre / Performance
  • MaskHappy Visual Arts
  • Multimedia and interactive Arts
  • Movie Film
  • Literature
  • Publishing
  • Media (Radio & TV)
  • Architecture and Urbanism
  • Technology
  • Software
  • IT and Gaming
  • Palette Art residencies
  • Education
  • Community and Relational Arts
  • Democratic and civil society development

  • Activities
  • Research
  • Exhibition and Programming
  • Education and Training
  • Archiving and Conservation
  • National advocacy

  • Former use of space
  • Factory Industrial Building

  • TEH Membership