Berlin Visual Arts Residency 2020

This residency supports a New Zealand artist to live and work in Berlin at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien for up to twelve months from October 2020.

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Funding rounds

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Round 1
6 Sep 2019, 12pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for the Berlin Visual Arts Residency 2020 you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • must have a strong national reputation as a visual artist. You will have either:
    • received critical acclaim for work you have produced or
    • completed a body of work that has been acknowledged for its artistic excellence.

Project timing

The residency is offered for 12 months from October 2020 – October 2021.

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.

How often you can apply

You can make one application in this funding round.

Reapplying for the same project

You can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Funding Services. Contact Funding Services first to see if your application would be eligible for re-submission.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including Arts Grants, the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.

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
  • acting as an ambassador in bringing an increased awareness in Berlin of New Zealand visual arts.

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 is one of the largest and most prestigious international residency programme. The programme 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:

  • Biljana Popovic (2018)
  • Oscar Enberg (2016)
  • Greg Semu (2014)
  • Ben Cauchi (2012) 
  • Alicia Frankovich (2010)
  • Sara Hughes (2008) 
  • Mladen Bizumic (2006)
  • Ronnie van Hout (2004)
  • Michael Stevenson (2002)
  • Peter Robinson (2000)

3. Make an application

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How to apply

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first). 
  2. Gather support material.
  3. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.​

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:

  • The artistic aims are clearly expressed.
  • The idea is compelling.
  • Both the artistic project and the residency will develop the skills of the applicant.


Can it be achieved? We look the following indicators:

  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned.
  • The applicant has appropriate experience to deliver the project.
  • The applicant demonstrates an awareness of the ambassadorial and cultural aspects of the residency.

Strategic Fit

Does it deliver Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • The project aligns to Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcome of high quality New Zealand art is developed.
  • The benefits gained from the residency align with the applicant’s future plans.

The following assessment scale is used to score idea and viability.

7 – Excellent – Exceeds all indicators
6 – Very Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in two
5 – Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4 – Acceptable – Satisfies all indicators
3 – Minor reservations – Satisfies two indicators only
2 – Major reservations – Satisfies one indicator only
1 – Unacceptable – Does not meet the indicators

The following assessment scale is used to score strategic fit.

5 – Excellent  – Exceeds both indicators
4  – Very good  – Exceeds one indicator
3  – Acceptable – Satisfies both indicators
2  – Weak  – Satisfies one indicator
1  – Unacceptable – Does not meet either indicator

Who assesses your application

External peer assessors will assess your application. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services and Künstlerhaus Bethanien for a decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

Creative New Zealand invites you to nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes.

External peer assessors evaluate a range of applications made to Creative New Zealand’s funding programmes and initiatives against specific criteria.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants their result ten weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 15 November 2019.

At the same time, we also list successful applicants on Who got funded

If you are successful, we will contact you about your:

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

The report should give an account of the project and the professional activities you engaged in during your residency. It will also ask you to comment on:

  • the extent to which your project expectations, as described in your original application, were met
  • 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.

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7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: