Andrea Lührig and Klaus Lang founded the atelier in 2002 and currently run the workshop with Mirko Westermayer. It is part of Lebenshilfe Gießen, an organisation for people with developmental disabilities.
Artists are the ones who usually find Atelier 23, especially when Lebenshilfe have identified a unique talent. Our artists work on their own projects. We prefer artists to be self-directed so they can find their own personal style and expression. Most of them have found their key themes, styles and obsessions by the time they come to the studio, so the staff only assist and do not interfere.
The presentation of the work is an important component in the process of the studio, which completes the creative process - from idea to implementation to analysis. Exhibitions, collaborations with other institutions and participation in cultural and artistic events introduce the studio to a broader audience. The profits from sales are split between the artists and the workshop.