creative cluster & self-organised co-housing

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 400m2 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



Dresden, Germany


  • Large Concert Hall (audience capacity: more than 300), 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, Café / Bar, Co-working Space, Multi-purpose Space, Courtyard, Garden

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

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

  • Industrial Building