The Künstlerhaus Lukas is a place of artistic work and international encounters. It supports professional artists in the fields of visual arts, literature, dance and composition as well as curators by awarding residency scholarships in Ahrenshoop and at partner institutions in selected countries in Northern Europe.

Particular emphasis is placed on promoting outstanding artistic work, facilitating interesting collaborations and a cross-national dialogue between the arts, and communicating this to the public. The international context with regards to the other Northern European countries is central.

Every two years, an expert jury selects the artists and curators after a call for applications. Guests from the partner institutions in Northern Europe are invited to Ahrenshoop. The Künstlerhaus Lukas supports artist groups by awarding workshop residencies. In oder to present the works of former scholarship holders in interesting juxtapositions with other artistic and thematic projects, curator scholarships have been awarded since 2017. Thematic projects are developed and presented to the public in cooperation with national and international partner institutions. Some scholarship places in the exchange programme are explicitly available for the promotion of artists from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The scholarships are awarded in the fields of visual arts (painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, artist's book, video, arts and crafts/design), literature (narrative literature, poetry, drama, screenplay, essay, literary translation), dance (choreography, performance), composition and curation.

Up to six scholarship holders can live and work at the Künstlerhaus Lukas at the same time. Six apartments with working facilities are available rent-free. Two small laboratories, one for photography and one for a selection of graphic printing techniques are available. The flats are fully equipped. Communicative meeting points of the house are a lounge and event room, two communal kitchens and two terraces. Flats can be rented to a limited extent, especially by former scholarship holders.

Partners in the international artist exchange programme are currently the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Visby/Gotland (Sweden), the KKV Graphic Workshop Malmö and Sculpture Workshop Monumental Malmö (Sweden), the Graphic Workshop Odense (Denmark), the Centre for Contemporary Art in Kaliningrad (Russian Federation), the Gæsteatelier Hollufgård (Denmark), the Ålgården - Artist Workshops and Gallery - Borås, (Sweden) as well as the NES - Artist Residence in Skagaströnd (Iceland).

Important cooperation partners for the presentation of the works of the scholarship holders in readings, exhibitions, concerts, performances and other public presentations are various cultural institutions in the region, including in particular the Neues Kunsthaus Ahrenshoop, the film festival in  Schwerin or the Art Museum in Ahrenshoop.

At the Künstlerhaus Lukas itself, in addition to selected events such as the Long Night of Art or the Ahrenshoop Literature Days in the presentation rooms, the scholarship holders are usually given the possibility to invite the interested public to an open day on the last Sunday of each month and give them an insight into their work with studio exhibitions, readings, concerts or performances.

The Künstlerhaus Lukas is run by the association Künstlerhaus Ahrenshoop e.V. and since January 2006, it has continued and furthered the work of the Stiftung Kulturfonds, which had previously been establishing the house as a place for artists to work since 1994. The municipality of Ahrenshoop is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the building. The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern provides the basic funding for the Künstlerhaus Lukas, in cooperation with private sponsors. The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius provided extensive support for the reopening, the Berlin cultural administration cooperated with the Künstlerhaus for five years to support Berlin artists, and the FAMAKunststiftung Hannover collaborated with the Stiftung Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop to support honorary guest scholarships until the opening of the Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop.
Today, the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt Art Foundation), the Dorint-Hotel Wustrow and the municipality of Wustrow, the AOK-Nordost (AOK insurance company) as well as the Kunstverein in Rostock (Rostock Art Association) in cooperation with the Ostseezeitung (Baltic Sea Newspaper), among others, cooperate in the scholarship programme. The joint awarding of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Literature Prize is a special cooperation by the Künstlerhaus Lukas, the Literaturhaus Rostock, the Literaturzentrum Vorpommern im Koeppenhaus Greifswald and the LiteraturRat MV. The promotion of screenwriters in cooperation with the Filmkunstfest Schwerin, whose films form the special programme at the Ahrenshoop Film Nights, is also of great importance.

A circle of friends with numerous personalities from cultural life supports the work of the house, especially with regards to additionally selected project funding in cooperation with the Neues Kunsthaus.