SomoS Berlin Artist Residence Program
The application period for SomoS Berlin Residence Program 2020 is now open. Inquiries for specific periods are welcome and residents will be accepted on a rolling basis.
SomoS Art House Berlin offers Residency Programs for Artists and Curators
– Artist in Residence Program (rolling applications, minimum three month duration, with)
– Curatorial Residency (rolling applications, minimum three month duration)
Inquiries for specific periods are welcome and residents will be accepted on a rolling basis.
As part of an artist residency we facilitate live/work spaces located in the vicinity of SomoS (for AIRs of 3 months), or, in a limited capacity, within SomoS (for AIRs of more than 3 months, with favorable longer-term option).
A distinct quality of SomoS AIR program is that artists begin their stay at different points in time, widening the potential for networking, cooperations and friendships, and allowing for optimal individual support from SomoS’ staff in the artist’s endeavors.
Generally, selected artists work towards some kind of public presentation of their work during their stay, either as a solo show, 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 may simply want to come and concentrate on their work, embedded in SomoS’ creative environment and organizational support structure.
The curatorial residency at SomoS provides the opportunity for young curators to research and execute an exhibition project in Berlin at the SomoS exhibition space with the active support of experienced local exhibition organizers. You will join an active artistic community at SomoS Art House, living and working alongside the resident artists & staff. Your exhibition will be incorporated in the active exhibition programme at SomoS Art House, named one of the best noncommercial art spaces in Berlin by Art Slant Magazine.
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 will provide you with an official letter of intent to meet the requirements of grant or funding applications.
Where artists can find information on residency/research/travel funding:
Arts Council of Ireland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The Danish Arts Foundation
Nordic Culture Point
National Cultural Fund of Hungary
Hellenic Ministry of Culture
Cultural Export Fund
Republic of Cyprus:
Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture
Roberto Cimetta Fund
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Arts Envoy
Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures – Grants
Tree of Life Foundation
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program (Tips)
Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) – Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative
Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Japan Foundation: Arts and Cultural Exchange
Pola Art Foundation
Asahi Arts Foundation
Asahi Shimbun Foundation
Canon Foundation in Europe Research Fellowships
Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation
Jeju Foundation for Arts & Culture
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 and taxi stand).