We have a pioneering ecological and economic model, producing and supplying renewable electricity Kunststrom (art power) to the building and national grid. As a not-for-profit institution, E-WERK reinvests all revenue from energy production into its contemporary art programme. Located 30 minutes south of Berlin, This is located in a former coal power station built in 1913, ceasing production in 1989 after the fall of the Berlin wall.
This year we are primarily working on installing the exciting new carbon neutral energy facility, so are looking for people with manual skills, such as plumbing, electricity, engineering and mechanics. Although you will be a part of the team and will be guided by our Artistic Director, our volunteers do have the opportunity to work independently on projects.
The living spaces are in the power station itself, where other members of our team live together with artists and residents. Food and drink 3 times a day will be provided for and we enjoy cooking and sharing our food together in a communal kitchen and lounge. At the rear of the building, we have a large court with many green spaces where we have started an agriculture programme. We have a lovely big dog who you are welcome to play or relax in the outdoor space with.
The building is located in a nice town, 45 mins south of Berlin by train. Luckenwalde is close to beautiful woods and lakes, which you are very welcome to explore at your leisure.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
All the work will take place under supervision. Volunteers can therefore learn much about construction work, renovation and reparation that is necessary to keep a building running, as well as gain experience in an art gallery setting. With other people and artists living in the building, you will meet people from all parts of the world. We encourage artistic activities and can offer much room for other activities.
Luckenwalde is 45 minutes from Germany's capital, Berlin, but still within a rural area that allows you to explore natural landscapes. There are also still many industrial structures of the building that are still intact and which we want to transform for our own energy concept. If you are interested, you can learn something about the different methods of energy production, practices in contemporary art and urban planning initiatives.
Currently we are looking for people who can assist us with construction work and the renovation process of certain parts of the building. Tasks will include:
- Improving the structures of the building
- Helping with the implementation of the energy concept
- Electrical and plumbing work related to the power transformation
We are also looking for people who are interested in helping with childcare, cooking lunch for the team and general housekeeping.
We are looking for volunteers who are open-minded, motivated, and excited to be a part of our project.
Accommodation will be provided within the building itself. Bedrooms are usually shared with one other person. There are several bathrooms throughout the building which workaways will be welcome to use. There will be three meals per day and access to most parts of the house.
There are many small historic, traditional German towns in the area with a fascinating industrial character that are worth visiting. There also lakes and many nice paths for cycling and hiking. Luckenwalde itself is a nice town with some shops, particularly amazing second hand shops! and a fast, frequent rail connection to Berlin that runs into the night.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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