LIA is a non-profit residency programme that fosters artists internationally by providing them with spacious studios and cultural support, as well as opportunities to exhibit at the Spinnerei. The programme links young artists with the regional art community.

At LIA, both open studios and interdisciplinary panels offer the opportunity for a wider audience to access the world of art and to experience the place where art is created. In this way LIA aims to build a more personal connection between the artist and the audience encouraging discussions about art in the artists actual studio. Guest critics and artists are invited to contribute to these discussions and visit LIA studios. In the past years the programme managed exhibitions abroad and even enabled residents to show with other galleries such as Gallery EIGEN + ART. 

LIA enjoys fruitful partnerships with prestigious international art institutions such as The New York Academy of Art and School of Visual Arts New York City. Together, alongside the programme’s main partner, BMW Leipzig, our partners made it possible for over 200 artists from over 40 nations to take part in the LIA programme since 2008. Amongst others the artists were from Australia, Ethiopia, China, Puerto Rico, USA and the Ukraine.

The programme is also supported by the Department for European and International Cooperation, Leipzig. This enables us to extend our hospitality to both Ukrainian and Ethiopian artists from our partner cities of Kiev and Addis Ababa. LIA is Leipzig’s official art residency programme, and Leipzig’s Lord Mayor, Burkhard Jung, is our patron. For more information about our international programme click:



LIA is a not-for-profit art institution. Its aim is to create a platform for international exchange, and while the programme will be open to every nationality, special consideration will be taken to support Eastern European and Asian participants. Fellowships will ensure that artists can live and work in Leipzig for long periods (three, six or twelve month), with studio and programme fees paid by sponsors. Studios will be located in »Hall 18« with ample living and working space. A shared project room, with exhibitions and panel discussions, is also planned. The programme is proposed to start in September 2007.

LIA will function within an already existing artistic and cultural network, generated by the atmosphere of the Spinnerei in Leipzig. Currently around one hundred twenty artists live and work in the cotton mills, where the not-for profit organisation Foundation Federkiel ( organizes regular exhibitions of social relevance, and where eleven internationally renowned commercial galleries currently operate.



  • Low costs of living
  • 83 qm studios with option to be lived in
  • Foundation Federkiel, fostering contemporary art
  • High ceilings, ideal for huge formats and art installations
  • 11 galleries, art supply market boesner, shipping and print companies
  • Location: 7 ha big historic cotton mill from 1884 with around 120 artists
  • "Hall 18" is currently already used by renown artists as studio space
  • Well connected, 1 hour by ICE train to Berlin or by Ryanair for Euro 10,00 to London



Anna-Louise Rolland - Managing Director, Founder, Curator

Contact: anna (at)


In 1980 Mrs. Anna-Louise Rolland was born in Northern Germany on the Isle of Rügen. She lived for one year 1997/ 98 in the USA (Cincinnati) as well as Spain (Madrid) in 2000/ 2001 and has experienced a brought artistic education in the visual arts and music before she began to study at the University of Leipzig in the Art History and Cultural Studies Department in 2002. In the same year she became fellow of a federal scholarship programme for five years (Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e. V.). In 2004 Mrs. Rolland curated her first group show in the gallery Eigen & Art and spent seven month in New York City, where she passed two internships, at the ISCP (International Studio and  Curatorial Programme) and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. When she returned to Leipzig she worked on a platform of cultural politics (Kulturpolitischer Salon) as well as Foundation Federkiel at the Spinnerei, the new artist district of Leipzig. In July 2006 she graduated with a Masters in Post-Communist Studies in Contemporary Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She studied Mandarin and worked for the Goethe Institute in Beijing 2006/ 07 then she passed her Masters degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Leipzig. In June 2007 she founded LIA – Leipzig International Art Programme, a not for profit institution and artist in residency programme to foster contemporary art and culture. In November 2007 Mrs. Rolland organized the institution’s first exhibition in cooperation with the Japan Foundation and the Japan Embassy of Berlin. Since then she hosted over one hundred artists from forty nations in LIA and curated exhibitions in Leipzig, Berlin (Caps Lock Projects, LIA`s temporary project space 2010) and in New York City (Leipzig Calling, exhibition at the New York Academy of Art 2009).


Kristina Semenova - Programm coordination, Artist support, Curator

Contact: k.semenova (at)


Kristina Semenova was born in 1986 in Russia and grew up in Voronezh. She is student at the Academy of Visual Art Leipzig in M.A. Curatorial Studies. She studied German Philology and Intercultural Communication at the State University Voronezh. She studied Film History as DAAD scholarship holder during her semester abroad in 2007/08 at the Essen-Duisburg University.  In 2011 she graduated with a Masters in East European Studies (European Ethnology, Intercultural Communication and History of Eastern Europe) at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich (Haniel-Foundation award). On complatition of her studies she started working at the Festival of East European Cinema in Cottbus and continues to do so annually. She is fluent in German, English, Russian, Spanish and Serbocroatian. Curated projects: "Das Paradise ist nebenan" (April 2013, Leipzig), “Revisiting the Space” (Mai 2013, Voronezh/Russia); Space LAB (September 2013, Leipzig).