Dubbed the new Berlin, Leipzig is home to an increasing number of galleries and project spaces – but the city still has lots of space for inexpensive artists’ ateliers. To discover more about Monocle magazine head to

you press his insisted upon calling Leipzig the next Berlin but the Saxon Metropole is very much its own City especially when it comes to its art scene nowhere is this more obvious than in Leipzig Shmona high a sprawling complex situated in the city's western plug fits district on 10 actors and with more than 20 factory buildings on site the spinet I was once Europe's largest cotton mill for decades workers spun cotton in these solid brick buildings even after the first artists began settling into their spaces in 1993 not long after the iron curtain parted and the East German economy began to dramatically shift one of the early arrivals was Christiana Baumgartner a native Leipzig er who has been industriously working in a vast corner studio in Hall 18 for more than 21 years bringing your work out in the world you can use other canals other other places but for working it's really brilliant here I mean this room this used to be the washing room here were many sinks and there were the showers and the workers got changed here but it has such a good atmosphere such a positive atmosphere and when I come in I meant I go for this little corridor and then I lock the door and this is like an own space it's like an the time seems to run different Baumgartner studied for a time in London but returned she says for love and the ease of working in a city that encourages art but doesn't put creativity under pressure flooded with light this corner spaces where the artist makes her large-scale wood cuts carving then inking and creating multiple editions on handmade paper in her many years here Baumgartner has noticed a profound shift and how the leipzig art scene is perceived internationally when I was in London and the late 90s and often people ask you in London they are you home then I told them I'm from life too can open they didn't even know it and later I said I'm from Berlin because I was really fed up to describe their slides but later than after the Millenium everyone wanted to study or to to exhibit in lights ish so people from na na na San conjugate has an exhibition and left suddenly it was so in has a hip and this was really funny the spinner I certainly helped put like the art on the map in 2005 a trio of building owners officially launched the ship in 'hi as an arts-based complex about the same time the new lepsy school of figurative painters was conquering the global art market the red-hot hype around these painters has cooled but they're still around some of them like neo help or Davidge snow are still working here in the meantime life 16 has continued to steadily expand the spinet is currently home to not only artist studios but also excellent galleries like local institution IgAN and art there's also a cinema a cafe a museum sized exhibition space and Hall 14 even an art supply store and production facilities where artists can have their work printed and fabricated Sebastien crutch Mar is part of the artist duo famed which has created its conceptual and installation art here for the past seven years he appreciates the convenience and camaraderie the spinner guy offers it's kind of an island you have everything here if we need special paper we can go to the bosner or we go there's also prank factory we can go there all we need to Carpenter is downstairs our gallery is also here so it's much more easy to meet us for coffee and to discuss something you can manage things really fast really easy you know and this is absolutely what we like and what we need the spinet i know has a master plan new cultural institutions including a Natural History Museum will be opening here and upcoming and granted while some technology firms and even a call center have settled in amongst the artists Kretchmer has noticed that let's see art scene is not only growing but also demographically shifting even beyond German borders things has changed and people came to let's it more than before yes but the art scene is very small and it's absolutely it starts to be a bit more international before you go to in a bar nobody speaks English around you but now it's more and more people French English everything came from different countries and they are they moved to Leipzig to stay here and to find themselves or to express themselves in different race and it's important for every city every kind it's important when people came from outside and bring something it gives a city a kind of identification Atelier rents in the shman and I are still low only three to four fifty euros per square metre this means that light sleep unlike Berlin has no need for a city subsidized studio program but as the scene grows many newcomers are moving into other complexes and industrial buildings which are even less expensive most are near the spin of I which has established itself in the past decade as both an art brand and an anchor to a thriving creative ecosystem the screen that I might be the most normal creative Spacey and the biggest one but there are others you know somewhat the same in the same direction like the tap area close to customer life the best way they can work close to this pin and I because they know here are the artists here artists maybe the collectors you know they recognize you because you're not that far away from this to derive some might call the city hype see the type six art world remains easygoing and in the Schwinn 'hi the commitment remains from all sides even as gentrification creeps in to allow artists what they need to produce their best work time and space supplies and manpower and most of all discourse and inspiration for monocle in Leipzig and Kimberly Bradley

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