Schmiede Hallein

Schmiede is a cooperative prototyping environment, focused on the arts, hacking and entrepreneurship. It empowers the process of social networking by bringing together space, infrastructure, people, and freedom to explore.


Every year an abandoned industrial salt refinery on an island in Hallein, Austria, opens up, for ten days, to host around 300 Smiths and their ideas, in order to get inspired, network, create, present and share. Schmiede provides a basic cooperative prototyping environment and an infrastructure full of impulses and passionate people. It also offers various Artists in Residency programs and summer camps.


Artistic creation.


Presentation of work.

Who is it for?

Individuals, groups of artists, makers and hackers at an international level.


Hallein, Austria

Duration of stay

By average 2 weeks for summer camp.

By average 1 month for residency.

10 days for the Schmiede meetup.

Financing amounts

Summer camp participants pay to come to Schmiede. Up to 5 artists in residency get a stipend that vary from 1000 to 1500 euros depending the sub-program:

Schmiede SudhausAIR: 1.000€ Art Vacancy Occupation.
SubnetAIR 2020 reloaded: 4 x 1.500 € Project Grants.
Feral AIR 2020: 1.500 € Project Grants.
AkademieAIR 2020: 1.500€ Project Grants.

Source of funding

  • Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
  • Austrian institutions.

Type of activity

Community event, Residency, Summer camp

Type of sector

Crafts, Design, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, IT