(L-R): Trixi Weis, AAPL President; Sam Tanson, Minister of Culture; Credit: MCULT

Luxembourg's Ministry of Culture has confirmed that yesterday, Thursday 25 March 2021, Minister Sam Tanson visited the new workshops of the Association des artistes plasticiens du Luxembourg (AAPL), which have been available for use since February. 

The buildings located at 7-9 rue Auguste Lumière in Verlorenkost include 45 workshops and are provided free of charge to the association by the State. Most of the workshops are already occupied by artists; the AAPL can accommodate around 40 artists at any one time.

The buildings have 45 workshops in total, including 3 sets of 5 workshops for colleagues or groups - one has to cross the first room to access the other four - as well as one workshop of 36 m2 for one-off productions or exhibitions.

The shortage of suitable workspaces for such artists in Luxembourg was highlighted by the Kulturentwécklungsplang 2018-2028 (KEP). Also, making the workshops available is a decisive step towards transposing KEP recommendation #18: “Improve working conditions for artists and creators”. In this context, the Minister reiterated the will of the public authorities to encourage artistic creation: "A real artistic and cultural scene can only develop through creation. In the Luxembourg context, the provision of places of creation is proving to be an essential measure to facilitate the development of the visual arts sector".

The AAPL is a non-profit association, created in February 2013 with the aim of bringing together independent professional plastic artists, to act legitimately on their behalf and to defend with one voice their material and moral interests as well as social rights - for the profession of plastic artist, both in front of public decision-makers, production structures, representatives of the profession and in the media. The AAPL has set itself the goal of facilitating contact and exchange between its members and of contributing to the improvement of the status and working conditions of plastic artists in general.

For further information, including how to appl, see www.AAPL.lu.