When: 1 – 30 September; 1 – 30 November 2020
Who can apply: artists, curators, critics, researchers
The Berlin Sessions Residency Programme is a platform conceived to offer curatorial expertise, network building and logistic support in the art sector to artists and cultural professionals who are interested in gaining an insight into Berlin's vibrant art scene. Berlin Sessions is an initiative that draws from the experience of Berlinerpool, a non-for-profit platform for artists, curators, art managers and spaces of Berlin supported by a physical documentation archive of its members, that is taking shape of a research center on Berlin-based art.
During the residency, the chosen artist/curator/critic will be immersed in the network of cultural professionals, fitting his/her discipline and research area. Berlin Sessions will provide advice and guidance while introducing the resident to representatives of organizations and cultural operators. Visiting Berlin, the resident will get to know key places to his/her artistic practice. The schedule of meetings and conversations is essential in order to start cooperation and find future exhibition venues. To get a grasp on the multitude of events, Berlin Sessions offers art alerts, which are suggestions where to go and how to find interesting events, exhibitions, workshops, conferences and lectures.
Selected residents will work together with Berlin-based art writers, discussing previous and current projects. The effect of the conversation will be a professional text about artistic practice of the resident, which can be used in publications, catalogues and project applications.
To introduce a new artist, curator or researcher to the Berlin and international audiences, we will make a short, professional video interview with him/her and post it on our social media channels and website during the first week of the stay.
Artist talks and panel discussions are formats that Berlin Sessions strongly supports. The resident will have an opportunity to present his/her projects during an event in-house or in a partner venue.
Moreover, the resident will receive a full profile on the Berlin Sessions website, will be included in the regular newsletter sent to 10,000 email addresses, subscribed by international art organizations, and will be mentioned in social network postings.
Apartment and shared studio space
Berlin Sessions Residency apartment is located in the borough of Friedrichshain, in the north side of the river Spree and formerly known as East Berlin. The apartment is 160 square meters. Inside the apartment, the resident finds spacious and bright, shared studio space (35 square meters), bathroom (provided with both shower and bath), a separate toilet, and a living room with a kitchen. The bedroom is equipped with a bed, a desk, chairs, shelves, towels, linen and bedding. Facilities include a washing machine, a fridge with a freezer, a cooker with oven, heating, iron, telephone and high-speed Wi-Fi connection.
Under the agreement between the Ukrainian Institute and Berlin Sessions, two fully-funded residencies are available for Ukrainian artists, curators, critics, or scholars in September and November 2020. Chosen artist/curator/critic will receive accommodation in Berlin Sessions Residency, free use of shared studio space, individually designed programme, and a person supporting and scheduling meetings for the resident in Berlin.
Photo by Marcelina Wellmer. Courtesy of Berlin Sessions.