Berlin Senate Residency Program: Berlin Residents

2022 – 2023

Open Call

This stipend is one feature of the active sister city relations between Berlin and Istanbul. The office of the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery will support these efforts on a long-term basis. Partner institutions for this stipend are Anadolu Kültür/Depo in Istanbul and the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) in Berlin in cooperation with Kunstquartier Bethanien. Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe promotes cultural exchange and supports the artistic development of professional artists through its international cultural exchange programs.

Subject to the availability of funds, Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe will award artists-in-residence stipends in fine art for study programs:

 1 stipend for five months – July 15, 2022, to December 15, 2022

 1 stipend for five months – January 15, 2023, to June 15, 2023

Application deadline: January 31, 2021, 6pm

Target group

The stipends are intended to support the artistic development of visual artists whose main place of residence and work is Istanbul and who have a proven record of success in their careers. Students are excluded from receiving any funding under this scheme.

Purpose of funding

The stipends are intended to support the artistic development of professional artists. The aim of the residency is to give them the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of and insight into the culture of the host country, study trends in the local art scene, make contacts, exchange ideas, gain inspiration and carry out an artistic project in the host country. To this end, the partner institution Kunstquartier Bethanien provides a studio apartment in their premises at Mariannenplatz in Kreuzberg.

The cultural exchange stipend consists of:

• a stipend of € 2,000 per month (for travel to the place of residency and back, materials, living costs)

• the (rent-free) use of a studio apartment with kitchen and shared bathroom at Kunstquartier Bethanien

During the residency, the partner institution nGbK will assist the guests from Istanbul and establish contacts with members of the local art scene upon request. The nGbK will also help with all visa-related questions. The events organized by the partner institutions (open studios, exhibitions, artist talks) provide the Istanbul-based artists with an opportunity to present their work to an international audience. Accomodated in a spacious studio apartment in the arts and culture center Kunstquartier Bethanien, the artists are in close proximity to the nGbK as well as to the local art scene, as the bbk berlin’s printing and media workshops and the other facilities are located in the same building, providing a productive environment.

Given that the partner institutions accept no responsibility for the Istanbul-based artists’ luggage, personal belongings and works, the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe recommends taking out insurance for travelling abroad (including health insurance).

Prerequisites

Funding is available for visual artists who have exhibited and won recognition for their work and who seek further opportunity to develop their practice and the concepts of their artistic work. The candidates should be able to explain how the experience of an international residency will benefit their career development. They should have some knowledge of English or German when beginning their residency. They are obliged to be present at the designated location throughout their residency.

Allocation of funding, selection of the artists

An independent jury of different experts nominated yearly by Depo will select a shortlist of ten to fifteen Istanbul-based candidates, while the final selection of two artists will be made by a jury in Berlin.

The members of the jury in Istanbul are: Asena Günal, Aslı Çetinkaya, Banu Karaca, Meriç Öner, and Kristina Kramer.

The members of the jury in Berlin will be announced later.

Those on the short list will be notified in the second half of February 2022 and final awardees in March 2022. The names of the artists and groups who will receive funding will be made public.

Application procedure

The application can be submitted in Turkish or English. If one is selected for the short list, they will be expected to submit an English version of their application for the final selection by the Berlin-based jury. The application will be filed online from the link below:

For further questions: berlinistanbulresidency@gmail.com

Note: Employees of Anadolu Kültür/Depo and their family members are not allowed to apply. We will only consider applications that are complete and have been submitted by the deadline. All information will be treated confidentially and used only for selection and funding purposes. All applicants will receive written notification of their application status at the conclusion of the selection process.

Information about foreign partner institutions:

Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (nGbK)

The neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), founded with a grassroots structure in 1969, is today one of Germany’s most significant and largest art societies. The unique structure of the nGbK enables its members to directly influence its thematic orientation: exhibitions, interventions, research projects, event series and publications are developed in interdisciplinary project groups and supervised from the initial idea to the final implementation. The nGbK has established itself as an innovative venue for contemporary art and exhibition production which has left its mark on generations of curators, artists, and creatives, whose experimental exhibition concepts are groundbreaking. They have provided important incentives and continue to engage with relevant sociopolitical topics. Themes such as racism, National Socialism, and urban politics are addressed time and again, with a further focus placed on (post)migrant, (post)colonial, and gender-related issues. Topical discourses and debates are openly discussed and reflected upon in a timely manner. Art is understood as a form of action that has an impact on social processes.

Active members undertake the themes with great personal commitment, thus shaping a program that advances the original idea of the nGbK’s founding members: the search for a new society.

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Kunstquartier Bethanien

Located in a former hospital in the center of Kreuzberg, Kunstquartier Bethanien is a lively place for the production and presentation of art and culture. On the first and second floor, the building accommodates studios for residency programs and a Berlin studio program for artists. Prominently on the ground floor are the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien with its large exhibition space as well as the project spaces Projektraum and Studio 1. The building also hosts the bbk Berlin’s printing and media workshop, the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg music school, and the Kreuzberg open-air cinema.

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2021 – 2022

From 67 applications to this year’s Berlin Senate Residency Program, which promotes cultural exchange and supports the artistic development of professional artists as a component of the active sister city relations between Berlin and Istanbul, the selecting jury from Istanbul (Asena Günal, Aslı Çetinkaya, Erinç Seymen, Kristina Kramer and Zeynep Öz) has decided on a short list of 12 artists. The final selection of 2 artists out of this list is made by the jury in Berlin (Ingo Arend, Stèphane Bauer, Banu Cennetoğlu, Çağla İlk and Sandra Schäfer).

By the end of this process Dilek Winchester and İrem Sözen are chosen to receive the scholarship for the artist residency. Congratulations to both artists!

We also would like to thank all the artists who applied and wish to continue the exchange partnership with the institutions in the coming years.


2020 – 2021

From 84 applications to this year’s Berlin Senate Residency Program, which promotes cultural exchange and supports the artistic development of professional artists as a component of the active sister city relations between Berlin and Istanbul, the selecting jury from Istanbul (Asena Günal, Aslı Çetinkaya, Çağla İlk, Kevser Güler, Nilüfer Şaşmazer) has decided on a short list of 6 artists. The final selection of 2 artists out of this list is made by the jury in Berlin (Nevin Aladağ, Ingo Arend, Harry Sachs).

By the end of this process Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu (July  – December 2020) and Alper Aydın (January – July 2021) are chosen to receive the scholarship for the artist residency. Congratulations to both artists!

We also would like to thank all the artists who applied and wish to continue the exchange partnership with the institutions in the coming years.


2019 – 2020

From 91 applications to this year’s Berlin Senate Residency Program, which promotes cultural exchange and supports the artistic development of professional artists as a component of the active sister city relations between Berlin and Istanbul, the selecting jury from Istanbul (Ahu Antmen, Aslı Çetinkaya, Özge Ersoy, Asena Günal, Hale Tenger) has decided on a short list of 6 artists. The final selection of 2 artists out of this list is made by the jury in Berlin (Mehtap Baydu, Philipp Horst, Çağla İlk).

By the end of this process Kerem Ozan Bayraktar (July  – December 2019) and Nermin Er (January – July 2020) are chosen to receive the scholarship for the artist residency. Congratulations to both artists!

We also would like to thank all the artists who applied and wish to continue the exchange partnership with the institutions in the coming years.


2018 – 2019

After the open call that is made for the first time this year, the selecting jury from Istanbul (Ahu Antmen, Asena Günal, Aslı Çetinkaya, Erden Kosova, Özge Ersoy) has decided on a short list of 11 artists out of 115 applications. The final selection of 2 artists out of this list is made by the jury in Berlin (Philipp Horst, Çağla İlk, Beral Madra).

By the end of this process Evrim Kavcar  (July  – December 2018) and Yasemin Özcan  (January – July 2019) are chosen to receive the scholarship for the artist residency. Congratulations to both artists!

We also would like to thank all the artists who applied and wish to continue the exchange partnership with the institutions in the coming years.