Work presentation at SomoS.

SomoS Artist Residency

Indian female artist invigilating an art exhibition while visitor views her art installation.

Female artist and assistants installing work in gallery.

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 Information

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.

Health Information

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.

Support Discounts

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.
 

Christopher Sperandio by Zack X Soltes
Christopher Sperandio at SomoS by Zack X Soltes

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.

Examples of projects involving residents can be found under the exhibitions ad event sections of this web site.

More Information about SomoS Artist-in-Residence Program


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.

More Information about SomoS Curator-in-Residence Program


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
The residence programs are partially subsidized by SomoS. Fees are evaluated on a yearly basis. From January 2020 the fee is 1.250€ per month. Fees will be adjusted January 2021.

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:

General:
Call for Curators Grant List
On the Move – Int. Cultural Mobility Network
ISE NY Int. Grant Program
Developing & Emerging Countries: Artists Contacts
Curators International
Lauchpad Artistshare
Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice – Global Arts Fund

Europe:
European Cultural Foundation
http://www.transartists.org/article/funding-europe
Soros Foundation

UK:
Artists’ (& Curators’) International Development Fund
The Leverhulme Trust
Wales Arts International
Arts Council England

Ireland:
Arts Council of Ireland

Northern Ireland:
Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Netherlands:
Mondriaan Fonds
Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds
Prins Claus Fonds

Belgium:
Cultureel Erfgoed
Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie
Kunstenpunt

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

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

Norway:
Office for Contemporary Art Norway – OCA
Arts Council Norway

Finland:
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Finnish Cultural Foundation

Denmark:
The Danish Arts Foundation

Nordic/Baltic Region:
Nordic Culture Point

Poland
Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit

Hungary:
National Cultural Fund of Hungary

Lithuania:
Lithuanian Council for Culture

Portugal:
Centro Nacional de Cultura – Young Creators Grants
DGARTES
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Italy:
Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism (MiBACT) & Giovani Artisti Italiani (GAI) – Movin’Up
Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism (MiBACT) – Italian Council

Creece:
Hellenic Ministry of Culture

Malta:
Cultural Export Fund

Republic of Cyprus:
Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture

Middle East:
Roberto Cimetta Fund
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

Israel:
Artis Contemporary Grant Programs

USA:
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Arts Envoy
Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures – Grants
Jerome Foundation
Tree of Life Foundation
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program (Tips)
The Durfee Foundation (Los Angeles)
Burning Man Global Art Grants

Brazil:
Cultural Exchange Program
National Program for Cultural Support (PRONAC)
Projetos de Pesquisa (research grant, literature, music, performance)
Secretaria de Cultura de Rio de Janeiro
Circula Minas
Música Minas
Incentivo á Cultura (Minas)

Bahia, Brazil
Edital Mobilidade Artístico-Cultural

Chile:
Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes

Canada / Québec:
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Arts Council
Claudine & Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art

Asia:
Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) – Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative

Korea:
Busan Cultural Foundation
Arts Council Korea

Taiwan:
The National Culture and Arts Foundation
Cultural Representatives ROC
Taipei City Government Department of Cultural Affairs

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Singapore:
National Arts Council Singapore – NAC
Singapore International Foundation

Thailand:
Office of Contemporary Art and Culture – OCAC

Japan:
Japan Foundation: Arts and Cultural Exchange
Pola Art Foundation
Nomura Foundation
Asahi Arts Foundation
Asahi Shimbun Foundation
Canon Foundation in Europe Research Fellowships
Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation
Jeju Foundation for Arts & Culture

Australia:
Australia Council for the Arts
Australian Cultural Fund
artsQueensland
Copyright Agency Grants
Ian Potter Cultural Trust

New Zealand:
Creative NZ

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.