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Research and creation residency for visual artists at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (Call closed)

In collaboration with the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg offers visual artists a six-month research and creation residency based on a call for applications.

The Künstlerhaus Bethanien is an international cultural centre in Berlin. The Künstlerhaus Bethanien is a working and networking space for professional artists, enabling the creation, dissemination and presentation of works. The annual programme echoes with the challenges encountered in the international visual arts scene. The Künstlerhaus Bethanien is located in the Lichtfabrik former workshops and offices in a district between Kreuzberg and Neukölln in Berlin. The residency programme is a platform for artists from all over the world. The resident has the opportunity to work on and carry out a project for a set period of time and to immerse himself/herself in the Berlin art scene. The residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien is a great opportunity to network within the local art scene, contributing to the development of the resident’s professional career.

Eligibility

The residency programme is open to visual artists. It is designed for Luxembourg nationals or artists based in Luxembourg. Applicants must:

  • speak English or German
  • be engaged in a professional practice (provide evidence of previous work and significant professional experience)
  • be available during the residency period.

All applications must be submitted in english or german via the online application form only. Any other document sent by post will not be accepted.

Final registration date: midnight on 9 January 2022.

Residency terms

The residency shall take place from 1 July 2022 to 31 December 2022 (dates to be confirmed with the Künstlerhaus Bethanien). By no means, the period of stay can be split. The artist stays at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in one of the 25 studios for artists. The accommodation is equipped with a small kitchen area and a sink. All workshops have a Wi-Fi internet connection. The bathrooms and showers are shared between the artists.

The studios have a surface area of 55 m². In addition to the studio in the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, the artist resident receives a production grant of up to EUR 3,000 from the Künstlerhaus Bethanien for the period of stay and benefits from professional support. The project developed by the artist resident shall be presented at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien as part of a group exhibition. The artist resident gets constructive feedback, which is then published in the annual magazine BE-Magazin. He/She shall have the opportunity to participate in the Open Studios events held by the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Facilities and financial terms
  • Accommodation: a studio at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien
  • Grant: a residency allowances of up to EUR 15,000, i.e. EUR 2,500 per month
  • Travel expenses: flat rate of EUR 500
  • Per diem: flat rate of EUR 30 per day
Award and Jury

The resident is selected following two Jury sessions:

  • a first session in January: examination of all applications by a Jury made up of luxembourgish experts
  • a second session in February: selection of the artist by a Jury whose members are appointed by the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

The Jury for the pre-selection step is made up of :

  • Claudine Hemmer (Ministry of Culture)
  • Clément Minighetti (MUDAM)
  • Mike Bourscheid (Artist, Laureate 2021)

The Jury grants the residency based on the relevance and integrity of the artistic approach. The Jury’s decision is final. The Jury may decide not to grant any residency if it considers that the applications submitted do not meet the eligibility requirements.

All applicants shall be notified by e-mail.

Required documentation
  • Cover letter
  • Photocopy of the applicant’s ID card
  • Healthcare registration certificate (social security affiliation statements) issued by the relevant social security body
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of intent describing the research project that the artist wishes to carry out as well as the considered mediums (issues, objectives, techniques, main focuses, etc.) between 3 and 5 DIN A4 pages
  • Portfolio including visuals, texts, press reviews.

Incomplete submissions and submissions after the deadline will not be considered.

Obligations of the artist

Outside the allocated time for research and creation, the artist is required to show his/her work to the public. Participation in the Open Studios is compulsory.

If the residency is terminated before the end of the term, the artist shall refund the grant and the expenses related to the incomplete period of time.

The grant holder shall comply with the internal regulations of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

The artist shall submit a detailed report to Kultur|lx upon termination of the residency, which shall be shared with Künstlerhaus Bethanien. This report may be published. The artist shall also complete an internal survey to evaluate the residency. The survey shall not be shared. Kultur|lx may demand full or partial reimbursement of the grant if the artist fails to submit the report.

Payment of the grant

The residency grant, the flat rate to cover travel expenses and per diem shall be paid into the personal account of the grant holder in three instalments : 60% upon arrival in Berlin, which must be notified to Kultur|lx in writing, 30% after three months of residency and 10% after submission of the end-of-residency report at the end of the residency.

Liability

Kultur | lx expressly reserves the right to cancel at any time and for any reason whatsoever grants awarding under these terms, without any applicant being entitled to claim any compensation in this respect.

Additonal information

List of previous Laureates

Künstlerhaus Bethanien
www.bethanien.de