The studio community was founded in 1980 by Hamburg artist Rolf Laute. The studio has been located in the Alte Rinderschlachthalle (old cattle abattoir) since 1998, but the studio community is now well-known far beyond the Hamburg city limits.
The name “Die Schlumper” refers to the street “Beim Schlump”. It was here that the first studio for the artistic community was located. Books, posters and postcards are sold in the café next to the studio.