Studios

The well-insulated private living/working studios are bright and suitable for various “clean” disciplines and purposes (such as drawing, collage, photography, digital production, media-art, performance, design, research, literature, arts & crafts, film/video) and are equipped with large working table, chairs, couch, bed, and led panels. Facilities are shared. One studio however features a private kitchen & bathroom. The residents have a steadily growing range of art equipment and tools at their disposal, as well as daily on-site staff support.

SomoS International Artist-in-Residence Program
SomoS Artist’s Studio view
SomoS International Artist-in-Residence Program
SomoS Artist’s Studio view
SomoS International Artist-in-Residence Program
SomoS Artist’s Studio view
SomoS Artist’s Studio view

SomoS’ International Artist-in-Residence Program

SomoS International Artist-in-Residence Program offers cultivated, supportive and stimulating surroundings to international visiting artists wishing to realize an artistic project in Berlin. The residency, normally completed within three months, is focused on production, experience, critical discourse, networking, and local participation. Staying at SomoS, participants will become a part of a thriving artistic community with an active exhibition and event program and will easily and swiftly become well-acquainted with the creative, networked city that is Berlin.

SomoS International Artist-in-Residence Program
Artist Christopher Sperandio at SomoS. Photo: Zack-X-Soltes

Residents will be provided with accommodation in furnished living/working studios with access to shared areas of SomoS such as a large fully-equipped kitchen, a big social living space and salon (suitable for screenings or meetings) and office facilities.

Resident’s activities like workshops, talks etc. can be hosted in SomoS’ exhibition or salon space.

SomoS International Artist-in-Residence Program
Artists Yair Elazar Glotman and Andre Wakko working on their presentation at SomoS Gallery

Selected artists work towards a presentation of their work concluding their stay, either as a solo show, or as part of a thematic group show developed by SomoS’ curators. Examples of presentations involving residents: Natusha Croes: The Heart Shall Be in the Title (multimedia performance), Afterimage – Agnieszka Rowinska (solo show), Christopher Sperandio – Pinko Joe or Run! The Old World is Behind You! (work presentation/lecture), Marguerite Harris: Film is Un/Dead (solo show & workshop), Phantomatic – Pauline Alioua (solo show), Allgemeinplaetze & Nahaufnahmen (group show), Made in SomoS (group show), Electric Renaissance (group show), Rule 34 (group show), Imprint (group show).

SomoS Gallery


Residents
Costs & Funding
The residence programs are partially subsidized by SomoS.

The remaining fee is 950€ per month.

Interested artists/curators/researchers are advised to seek funding well in advance from sponsors/subsidizing organizations. Below you will find a list of funding opportunities for scholarships, stipends, fellowships, travel grants etc. which your country offers. If selected for a residency, we can provide you with an official declaration of admittance.

Where artists can find information on residency/research/travel funding:

General:
Call for Curators Grant List
On the Move – Int. Cultural Mobility Network
ISE NY Int. Grant Program
Curators International

Developing & Transitional Countries:
IFA Artists Contacts Program
IFA RAVE Scholarships (Curators & others)

Europe:
European Cultural Foundation
http://www.transartists.org/article/funding-europe
Soros Foundation

UK:
Artists’ (& Curators’) International Development Fund

The Leverhulme Trust – Travel, AIR, Research

Netherlands:
Mondriaan Fonds
Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds
Prins Claus Fonds

Belgium:
Cultureel Erfgoed
Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie
Kunstenpunt

Luxembourg:
Ministère de la Culture
Fonds Culturel National Luxembourg
Œuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
Fonds Culturel National Luxembourg
Le Relais Culture Europe – Luxembourg

Sweden:
IASPIS: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program for Visual Artists
Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation

Norway:
Office for Contemporary Art Norway – OCA

Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland)
or the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania):
Nordic Culture Point

Denmark:
The Danish Arts Foundation

Poland
Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit

Hungary:
National Cultural Fund of Hungary

Portugal:
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Italy:
On Board

Malta:
Cultural Export Fund

Greece:
Scholarships for Hellenes (researchers/scholars)

Arab World:
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

Israel:
Artis Contemporary Grant Programs

Canada – Québec:
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
Canada Council for the Arts
Claudine & Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art

USA:
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Arts Envoy
Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures – Grants
Jerome Foundation
The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant
Burning Man Global Art Grants
The Durfee Foundation (Los Angeles)

Ibero-America:
Fondo Iberoamericano de ayuda IBERESCENA
Ibermusicas
Museum Professionals Research/Travel Grants

Chile:
Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes

Brazil:
Cultural Exchange Program
National Program for Cultural Support (PRONAC)
Projetos de Pesquisa (research grant, literature, music, performance)
Secretaria de Cultura de Rio de Janeiro
Circula Minas
Música Minas
Incentivo á Cultura (Minas)

Bahia, Brasil
Edital Mobilidade Artístico-Cultural

South Korea:
Busan Cultural Foundation
Arts Council Korea
Daegu Foundation for Culture

Taiwan:
Cultural Representatives ROC

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Singapore:
National Arts Council Singapore – NAC

Japan:
Japan Foundation: Arts and Cultural Exchange
Pola Art Foundation
Nomura Foundation
Asahi Arts Foundation
Asahi Shimbun Foundation
Canon Foundation in Europe Research Fellowships

Australia:
Australia Council for the Arts

New Zealand:
Creative NZ


Application
All applicants to SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence Program are requested to provide the following materials:
– a description of the specific project proposal for the period of their residency, maximum 500 words.
– proposed dates of the residency
– a link to their website
– an up-to-date CV
– an artist statement
– a portfolio in pdf format

Please send all application materials and a short message (including your preferred time of residency) with the title [AIR Application] to SomoS:somos@somos-arts.org
Note: SomoS is a non smoking place which does not accommodate pets. It is a one person residency.


FAQ
When is the deadline?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the earlier you can send us your application the better. We usually plan residencies at least six months in advance, but sometimes we have earlier availability. Make sure to include a couple of options for your desired residency period.

When can I start my residency?
Residencies always begin on the third day of the first month of your arrival.

How big are the studios? // How about the facilities)
There are three main studios dedicated to visual artists in residence. They are each between 24 and 30 square meters. Bathroom, large kitchen/salon and toilets are shared. One studio features a private kitchen & bathroom.

Do I qualify for a visa?
Please note that SomoS is not a visa sponsoring institution for either student visas, or employment visas. You are strongly encouraged to look into the requirements of your individual country for coming to Germany before applying. In most cases, the SomoS residency can be completed on a tourist visa within three months, but please be advised contact your local embassy to confirm any details well in advance.

Am I guaranteed an exhibition?
We will work with you to find the most appropriate method to present your work. For some artists this will clearly be a (group or small solo) exhibition, for others it could be a more informal artist talk or presentation, a book reading, film screening, or other possibility. In any case, you will have at least one chance to publicly present your work during your residency.

How is the location?
The location is great. We are at the epicenter of the creative communities of Kreuzberg and Neukölln. There are also many cafés, bars, and restaurants in the local area as well. Not only that, but public transit it right outside the door, so you can quickly get anywhere you want in Berlin.

Who are the other residents?
We generally have at least three resident artists at a time. They are from all over the world and working in many different genres and disciplines. You can check out the list of past residents above to get an idea of what types of artists come to live and work at SomoS.

How do I get there?
Berlin is easily reachable from many international destinations. You will be responsible for securing your own travel arrangements to Berlin. Once you arrive, SomoS is conveniently located on public transit, or a short taxi ride from airports and train stations.

How long can I stay? // I can’t come for three months is a residency still possible?
Generally we require residents to stay for at least three months. This gives them time to settle into the house, meet the other residents, work with us to develop their project and to present it during their stay. Shorter stays are possible by consultation, but often this means that the public presentation will not be possible. Residents are strongly encouraged to plan to stay for a minimum of three months.

Are residencies always available?
We have three main studios that are dedicated to artists-in-residence. Residents arrive on a staggered basis so that studios might not always be available for the period you request. As a result, please note your desired period of residency as well as a second choice. If you can be flexible with your starting date by one or two months that is always very helpful.

Can I stay for longer or extend my residency?
A longer residency can be an option, but given the high demand for residencies at SomoS it is not always possible.

Can I bring my partner?
The residency is for individuals only. Friends or partners may be able to visit for short periods but please contact us to discuss this in advance. Artists who work as pairs or in a team on the same project may have the possibility to come to the residency together, but this must also be discussed in advance.

Can I bring a pet?
Sorry, but as much as we love animals pets are not allowed to stay at SomoS.

Do I have to speak German?
Berlin is a very cosmopolitan city with people from all around the world living and working here. You can definitely get by here with little or no knowledge of German, but of course knowing a little bit is always a good idea. Since our residents come from all over the world, the main language in the house is English, but don’t be surprised if you hear people speaking all sorts of other ones as well.

What does the residency cost?
The residence programs are partially subsidized by SomoS. The remaining fee is 950€ per month. Interested artists/curators/researchers are advised to seek funding well in advance from sponsors/subsidizing organizations. See funding section. If selected for a residency, we can provide you with an official declaration of admittance.

What does the cost of the residency include?
The price of the residency includes all costs associated with the residency including the live and work studio space, free admission or participation in all SomoS events, consultation sessions with curators from SomoS, the public presentation and publicity associated with that. Artists must cover their own material costs for the work they produce.


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    SomoS is situated on the first floor of a 1890’s mixed residential/commercial building at a lively main street near Kottbusser Tor; a renovated former “Kaffeehaus” in the middle of the vibrant cosmopolitan creative area connecting the Kreuzberg and Neukoelln areas. Within walking distance are numerous cafes/restaurants/clubs, art spaces, galleries and art institutions like Künstlerhaus Bethanien, the BBK Print Facilities and Media Studios, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and NGBK.

    Transport: U-Bahnhof Schönleinstrasse (subway line U8, exit Schinkestrasse) is right at the doorstep, as is the N8 Nightbus stop. It is a 200 meter walk from U-Bahnhof Kottbusser Tor (subway line U1). Here you’ll find a taxi stand as well.