The stART Foundation serves to promote young art

The purpose of the foundation is realized in particular through the following measures:

  • Financial and non-material support for artists, curatorial support and provision of exhibition space throughout Europe
  • Introducing young people to art - making art accessible
  • Implementation and promotion of Artist in Residence

If you would like to apply for project support as an artist, we will be pleased to receive your application.


Die stART Foundation fördert mit Ihren Spenden die Projekte junger Künstler*innen und ermöglicht ihnen die Umsetzung von Arbeiten, Ausstellungsprojekten sowie Publikationen und Artist in Residence. Die Mittel dienen dem Ausbau der kulturellen Förderung, im Jahr 2021 mit folgendem Fokus:

An international exhibition project with artists* from Cairo, Dresden and Leipzig.

Launched and curated by Gabriela Kobus and StudioKhana.

Für den INFORMAL CITY PARK lädt Gabriela Kobus die Kurator*innen und Künstler*innen ein, zu den Arbeitsbegriffen “Vergnügungspark im Slum“ zu arbeiten. Während Vergnügungspark für die Sehnsucht und das Bedürfnis nach Spiel, Zerstreuung, Alltagsflucht und Vergnügen steht – ganz unabhängig von den Lebensumständen der Menschen – greift “Slum” die Thematik der informellen Siedlungen, Barackenstädte und Slums, wie sie in urbanen Ballungszentren weltweit vorzufinden sind, auf.

The INFORMAL CITY PARK exhibition project at the a&o Kunsthalle Leipzig explores the possibilities of an artistic approach to these terms, examining their contradictions and connections. How can this sketch of ideas be further developed?

Will it remain an abstract field of artistic considerations or will INFORMAL CITY PARK one day become a "real" park in a city?

Megacities are huge, proliferating structures beyond the human scale, but cities are also a foundation of social life. They offer protected private places that are closely linked to the needs of their inhabitants. A look at existing amusement parks in different districts of large cities can be interesting. As the structure of a city changes, questions arise about changes in existing amusement parks, for example from formal to informal. How does this affect the structure of the space and the psychology of the people interacting with it?

Sowohl Slums als auch die großen “Themenparks” können als Systeme, in denen sich riesige Menschenmengen auf engem Raum bewegen, betrachtet werden. Im einen Fall erscheint der Raum strukturlos und autonom funktionierend, die Menschen sich selbst überlassen – im anderen Fall ist der Raum bis ins kleinste Detail durch Regulierung geordnet, Menschenmassen werden gesteuert und manipuliert.

The need for everyday escape and pleasure is under discussion as a common denominator, universal and system-independent.


Curators: Team StudioKhana (Kairo), Gabriela Kobus

Participating artists: Heba Mohamed (Cairo), Rana Samir (Cairo), Sanabel Gabr (Cairo)

Omar Abd El-Baky (Cairo), Grit Aulitzky (Dresden), Layla Nabi (Dresden), Gabriela Kobus (Leipzig), Konrad Hanke (Leipzig)

Indoor Paintings



Managing Director

Tanja Heuchele

In 2018, Tanja has set the course for the a&o Kunsthalle and the numerous projects in the field of percent for art with the a&o hostels art project. Her real passion is to offer young artists a platform and create synergies between art and tourism. Since 30.11.2018 the a&o Kunsthalle in Leipzig offers a flexible and versatile art and cultural space under her direction. Tanja Heuchele studied translation studies with a focus on intercultural communication in Munich and speaks German, English and Spanish.


Michael Abel

Michael is a partner at TPG, one of the leading global private equity firms with approximately $119 billion in assets under management. He helped build TPG Real Estate's business in Europe and is a member of the Investment Committee of TPG Real Estate and a member of the Executive Committee of TPG Europe. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of several portfolio companies, including A&O Hostels, the largest hostel platform in Europe, Campo Properties, a residential and student housing company in Portugal, and Campus Living, a student housing platform in Germany. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Tempore Properties SOCIMI, one of the leading listed residential platforms in Spain, and is a Board member of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a charitable foundation to support seriously ill children. He holds a Diploma de Grande Ecole and an MSc in Management from ESCP Europe and speaks German, Spanish, English, Portuguese and French.

Oliver Winter

Oliver Winter, as one of the "fathers of the German hostel idea", he is the founder and initiator of the a&o hostel chain. His vision of affordable accommodation in the city centre with the social hostel feeling component has become a reality. He has established the concept as a successful budget chain throughout Germany. With the support and investment of TPG Real Estate, a&o is paving the way for Europe-wide market leadership in the individual and youth travel segment. Oliver continues to take care of the representation and strength of his brand and the well-being of the employees who lead a&o to further success.