SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence Program

SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence Program offers cultivated, supportive and stimulating surroundings to international visiting artists, academics and curators wishing to realize an artistic project in Berlin. The 1-9 months residency 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 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.

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 exhibitions involving residents: Phantomatic – Pauline Alioua, Allgemeinplaetze & Nahaufnahmen, Made in SomoS, Electric Renaissance, Rule 34, Imprint.

Selected curators receive assistance in organizing their research- or exhibition project.

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

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

Past Residents
Costs & Funding
The SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence opportunities are paid by the artists or their sponsors/subsidizing organizations. Costs for the residency / month ranges from 350€ to 950€, depending on space and requirements.
Please acquaint yourself with the opportunities for scholarships, stipends, fellowships, travel grants etc. which your country offers. After admittance, we shall gladly provide you with an official declaration of admittance.

Places were artists and curators can find information on residency/research/travel funding:

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

By nationality:

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

Soros Foundation

Artists’ (& Curators’) International Development Fund

The Leverhulme Trust – Travel, AIR, Research

Mondriaan Fonds

Cultureel Erfgoed
Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

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

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

Office for Contemporary Art Norway – OCA

The Danish Arts Foundation

Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit

National Cultural Fund of Hungary

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Arts Envoy
Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures – Grants

Canada – Québec:
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
Canada Council for the Arts

Busan Cultural Foundation
Arts Council Korea

Cultural Representatives ROC

National Arts Council Singapore – NAC

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

Australia Council for the Arts

New Zealand:
Creative NZ

All applicants 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

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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 stylishly renovated former “Kaffeehaus” in the middle of the vibrant cosmopolitan creative area connecting Kreuzberg and Neukoelln. Within walking distance are numerous cafes/restaurants/clubs, art spaces and institutions like Kuenstlerhaus 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.