SomoS’ International Berlin Artist Residency 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.
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.
Inquiries for specific periods are welcome and residents will be accepted on a rolling basis. Apart from some opportunities left at the end of 2018, a residency slot has become available starting March 2018.
Selected artists work towards a presentation of their work during or concluding their stay, either as a solo show, artist talk, performance, small publication, 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).
Chueh Chiao Han
Aske A. Hvidtfeldt
Donato Del Giudice
Sva Li Levy
Costs & Funding
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:
The Leverhulme Trust – Travel, AIR, Research
Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland)
or the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania):
Nordic Culture Point
The Danish Arts Foundation
National Cultural Fund of Hungary
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Cultural Export Fund
Scholarships for Hellenes (researchers/scholars)
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)
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
The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant
Burning Man Global Art Grants
The Durfee Foundation (Los Angeles)
Cultural Exchange Program
National Program for Cultural Support (PRONAC)
Projetos de Pesquisa (research grant, literature, music, performance)
Secretaria de Cultura de Rio de Janeiro
Incentivo á Cultura (Minas)
Edital Mobilidade Artístico-Cultural
Hong Kong Arts Development Council
National Arts Council Singapore – NAC
Australia Council for the Arts
– 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:email@example.com
Note: SomoS is a non smoking place which does not accommodate pets. It is a one person residency.
Applications to SomoS’ International Berlin Artist Residency Program 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.