SomoS Berlin Artists, Curators, and Researchers 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. Visiting Researchers/Academics/Writers slots are minimally 1 month; artists slots minimally 3 months. Note: We have a new availability for a period beginning December 2019, or January 2020.
SomoS Art House Berlin offers three types of Residency Programs for Artists, Curators, and Researchers
– Artist in Residence Program (rolling applications, minimum three month duration)
– Curatorial Residency (rolling applications, minimum three month duration)
– Visiting Researcher Program (rolling applications, minimum one month duration)
Inquiries for specific periods are welcome and residents will be accepted on a rolling basis.
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), art library 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, 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 nonprofit art spaces in Berlin by Art Slant Magazine.
Researchers and academics visiting Berlin on a short-term basis in order to pursue projects in the creative fields are invited to stay for a time at SomoS Art House. They 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.
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:
The Leverhulme Trust – Travel, AIR, Research
The Danish Arts Foundation
National Cultural Fund of Hungary
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Cultural Export Fund
Hong Kong Arts Development Council
National Arts Council Singapore – NAC
Australia Council for the Arts
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).