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Berlin Visual Arts Residency (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien)

This residency supports a New Zealand artist to live and work in Berlin at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien for up to twelve months from October 2016.


Closing dates:

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12 Nov 2015

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.

Who can apply

To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.

2. See what's funded


This biennial residency in Berlin was established in 1999 to enable a New Zealand visual artist to work on an approved project and undertake professional development opportunities.

Other expected benefits include:

  • developing the potential of the artist through exposure to new cultures and new ideas
  • an increased awareness in Berlin of New Zealand visual arts.

Period covered

The residency is offered for 12 months from October 2016.

Costs covered

The residency provides:

  • a stipend of NZD $40,000 for the twelve month residency to be used for living and material costs, travel to Berlin and insurance
  • a one-bedroom 60sqm apartment in the district of Friedrichshain in former East Berlin
  • the Künstlerhaus Bethanien studio and administration fee, which includes a contribution towards the costs of an exhibition, its promotion and a publication.

You must have health insurance. The cost of this and any additional expenses must be met by you.

What the Künstlerhaus Bethanien provides

The International Studio Programme at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, one of the largest and most prestigious international residency programmes, provides:

  • a studio
  • advice on your projects
  • curatorial support
  • workshops and technical infrastructure
  • an exhibition
  • participation in an Open Studio event
  • publishing support
  • contacts with international curators, critics, publicists, theorists, gallery owners and collectors
  • liaison with international institutions, projects and exhibitions
  • seminars, talks and readings

Read more about the International Studio Programme at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien website.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients of the residency are Peter Robinson, Michael Stevenson, Ronnie van Hout, Mladen Bizumic, Sara Hughes, Alicia Frankovich, Ben Cauchi and Greg Semu.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

Apply online

What to include

In your application:

  • describe the project you wish to develop, including commentary on your working process and any specific areas of research, equipment or materials you wish to investigate
  • describe the professional development activities you wish to pursue during the residency
  • explain why being based at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien and in Berlin will be significant for this project and for your professional development
  • provide evidence of your experience in delivering floor talks and/or participation in seminars and panels — this is important for the ambassadorial aspects of the residency
  • include your resume/CV including exhibition and professional history
  • include up to two letters of recommendation
  • provide examples of your work. Where possible, supply links to your work online. If your support material is not available in electronic format send us hard copy images. These must be:
    • numbered
    • labelled with your name and the title of the work
    • accompanied by a list giving the dates of the works, their medium and dimensions.

4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

  1. External peer assessors select a short list of applicants and identify a preferred candidate.
  2. The final selection is made in consultation with the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Assessment criteria

Assessors will evaluate applications using the following criteria:

Project and/or professional development activities

  • The application proposes a specific project and/or professional development activities.
  • The project plan is well-considered and achievable within the timeframe of the residency.

Record of Achievement/Ambassadorial aspects

  • The applicant is a professional, practising artist with a record of achievement in their artform.
  • This residency contributes to, and comes at the right time for, the development of their practice/career.
  • The applicant has the skills and experience to do the ambassadorial aspects of this residency.

Environmental Awareness

  • The application demonstrates an understanding and awareness of the culture and environment of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien and Berlin.

Strategic Value

  • The proposal contributes to Creative New Zealand's objective to develop a New Zealand artist's potential.

5. Notification of results

We will notify all applicants of the decision in mid December 2015.

We also list successful applicants on the who got funded web page.

If you are successful, we will contact you about your funding agreement including payment schedule and reporting requirements.

6. On completion

Within two months of completion of the residency, the artist must provide a detailed acquittal report. The report should give an account of the project and the professional activities you engaged in while in Berlin. This will help us understand what is being achieved by the residency over time.

The acquittal report asks you to comment on:

  • the extent to which your project expectations, as described in your original application, were met
  • the most positive aspects of the residency
  • your most useful contacts
  • any language or other difficulties you experienced
  • any related activities you engaged in while in Berlin
  • any suggestions that might improve the experience for other artists
  • any other general comments you wish to make.

7. Who to contact

Senior Arts Adviser - Visual Arts
Kate Montgomery
(04) 498 0732

Arts Adviser - Craft/Object and Visual Arts
Humphrey Tait
(09) 365 1416