SomoS Berlin International Curatorial Residency Program
Applications for SomoS’ Berlin International Curatorial Residency Program are open for 2020 and 2021/22. Inquiries for specific periods are welcome and residents will be accepted on a rolling basis. Early bird and full-payment discounts are offered.
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 experienced local exhibition organizers. You will join an active artistic community at SomoS, living and working alongside the resident artists. Your exhibition project will be incorporated in the active exhibition program at SomoS named one of the best art spaces in Berlin by Artslant Magazine.
The focus of the curatorial residency constitutes the practical experience in conceptualizing, planning, strategizing, selecting, researching, mounting, installing and publicizing exhibition projects and artistic representations. During the residency, SomoS offers curators living accommodation and coworking space to fully develop their own ideas along with the guidance of experienced Berlin-based curators. Participants have free access to all general workshops, artist talks, screenings, exhibitions and other regular events taking place at SomoS as well.
At the conclusion of the working period, the resident and SomoS will build a one-week exhibition production. For their project, SomoS provides curatorial support, production assistance, as well as promotion, as well as their connections, artist database and media partners. This final presentation will take place in the SomoS exhibition space and will be part of the official exhibition program.
What we offer
-accommodation for the duration of the residency
-exhibition space to produce a one-week exhibition at the end of the residency period
-production assistance and curatorial support (installation, promotion, flyer/poster design & print, publicity etc.,)
-coworking space/office facilities
-practical experience in conceptualizing, planning, strategizing, selecting, mounting, installing, publicizing
-exclusive opportunity to produce your own exhibition
-a chance to fully develop your own ideas along with the guidance of experienced Berlin-based curators
-regular meetings to check on progress and provide feedback
-assistance in funding research and application
-ability to work independently
-clearly conceived concept
-highly motivated, self-directed individuals
-at least two previous exhibitions (individually or as part of a team)
-1-2 years of study in a relevant field, or equivalent professional experience
-funding should be secured in advance of the payment deadline
We are open to applicants from all backgrounds and actively encourage applicants from developing countries.
All applicants are requested to provide the following materials:
– a description of the specific project proposal for the period of their residency, maximum 500 words.
– project timeline listing the main goals to be accomplished and plans to execute your exhibition concept
– proposed dates of the residency
– a link to their website
– an up-to-date CV
– a portfolio in pdf format
Fees & Funding
Interested curators 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
Cultural Representatives ROC
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. The 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.