SomoS Berlin Artist Residence Program
After the pandemic-related break, applications for SomoS Artist in Residence Program can be submitted again. Inquiries for specific periods are welcome, and residents will be accepted on a rolling basis. Short notice requests are welcome.
Travel within Europe has been largely restored, while the EU has approved visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan, Algeria, Georgia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, plus Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See. Chinese travelers will be allowed to visit pending reciprocal access to China for EU visitors. See Re-open Europe for updates.
The Coronavirus public health situation in Berlin is improving steadily and restrictions are being lifted gradually, and public life resumes. SomoS has implemented in-house hygienic measures, and is organizing the AIR program and exhibitions in a safe way, controlling the visitors flow and providing a safe environment. Residents and visitors also profit from our spacious and uncrowded setup, allowing for ample distance and privacy. Stays in private apartments can be accommodated.
To help artists in these difficult times, we offer two discounts:
Early Bird Discount:
An “early bird” reservation discount of 5% for AIR bookings (AIR agreement signed and reservation fee paid) made at least 3 months before arrival.
Full Fees Payment Discount:
A full fees payment discount of 10%, reserved for participants that make the full payment of the AIR program fee right after the application. As an additional bonus, the fee of the year of payment is calculated, not the potentially higher fee of the year of participation.
Both options include complimentary participation in our “Virtual Residency” program, taking place in the months leading up to the physical AIR, in which we organize curatorial support sessions, networking, promotion, and support for upcoming fellows.
SomoS Art House Berlin offers Residency Programs for Artists and Curators
– Artist in Residence Program -> (rolling applications, minimum 3 month duration)
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.
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 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 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.
– Curatorial Residency -> (rolling applications, minimum three month duration)
The curatorial residency at SomoS provides the opportunity for curators to research and execute an exhibition project in Berlin at the SomoS exhibition space with the active support of SomoS curatorial team. 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 program at SomoS Art House, named one of the best noncommercial art spaces in Berlin by Artslant Magazine.
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).
Costs & Funding Sources
Interested artists/curators/researchers are advised to seek funding well in advance from sponsors/subsidizing organizations.
A good place to start your search is arts councils or local government. This could be at a national, regional or city level. The city level could have smaller grants for local artists, which are often less competitive with shorter processing times. For larger artistic projects, some national and regional organizations offer grants which might include travel or professional development opportunities.
Another approach could be to research what national initiatives there are for the promotion of culture overseas. Many countries have funding available to encourage artists to engage with international markets and audiences through presentation, touring, relationship building and collaborative projects including cultural and artistic exchanges. There are also private organizations and foundations that fund cultural activities as part of their philanthropic program.
Other areas to look could be major organizations for a particular art form, for example visual arts or performing arts associations. These organizations often list opportunities for artists or they might even provide funding of their own.
If you are an academic, your institution may support creative endeavors as part of a sabbatical, or facilitate research trips.
Alternatively there are a number of crowd-funding platforms specifically designed to help artists/artistic projects reach their financial goals.
Below you will find a list of funding opportunities for scholarships, stipends, fellowships, travel grants etc. which your country offers.
The list is meant as a first orientation, and is by no means complete. If you know of a resource that should be added, please let us know.
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:
Call for Curators Grant List
On the Move – Int. Cultural Mobility Network
ISE NY Int. Grant Program
Developing & Emerging Countries: Artists Contacts
Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice – Global Arts Fund
Arts Council of Ireland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The Danish Arts Foundation
Nordic Culture Point
National Cultural Fund of Hungary
Lithuanian Council for Culture
Hellenic Ministry of Culture
Cultural Export Fund
Republic of Cyprus:
Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture
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)
The Durfee Foundation (Los Angeles)
Burning Man Global Art Grants
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
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.