The bright private living/working studios are located in the vicinity, 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. They feature a private kitchen & bathroom. The residents have a steadily growing range of art equipment and tools at their disposal, as well as an extensive library and staff support.
Berlin Artist Residency Program
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 and office facilities.
A distinct quality of SomoS AIR program is that artists begin their stay at different points in time, widening the potential for networking, cooperation and friendship, and allowing for optimal individual support from SomoS’ staff in their art projects.
Generally, selected artists work towards some kind of public presentation of their work during their stay, either as a solo presentation, or as part of a thematic group show developed by SomoS’ curators. To cooperate with SomoS on other shapes of public engagement, such as workshops, readings, artist talks, or publications are options as well. And some artists, such as those on an sabbatical, may simply want to come and concentrate on their work, embedded in SomoS’ creative environment and organizational support structure.
Inquiries for specific periods are welcome and residents will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Joaquin Margulis Luchsinger
Syed Shoaib Mahmood
Todd Reece Johnson
Cho Hyan Soo
Seung Joon Choi
Chueh Chiao Han
Aske A. Hvidtfeldt
Donato Del Giudice
Sva Li Levy
Costs & Funding
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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, workshop 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.
How long can I stay?
Generally we require residents to stay for at least three months. Residents are strongly encouraged to plan to stay for a minimum of three months.
Are residencies always available?
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 is welcomed, and makes sense for more involved art projects.
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 1050€ 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.
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.