Open call for the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien

Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir, „I will keep close to you„, 2023. Ljósmynd: David Brandt

Icelandic visual artists, or artists with a significant connection to the Icelandic art scene, can apply for a funded one-year residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. The residency period is May 1, 2024 – April 15, 2025.

The application deadline is September 11, 2023at 23:59 (GMT)

Künstlerhaus Bethanien was founded in 1974 and is one of the most prestigious and distinguished art venues in Germany. Normally, around 25 artists worldwide work at the venue, which offers an international network of contacts and collaborations within the contemporary art scene. The residency allows participating artists access to a powerful, international contact network; curators, museum staff, journalists, and others who work in the field. The Künstlerhaus organizes exhibitions, publishing, and events for the artists-in-residence. Each artist holds a solo exhibition during the residency, planned by Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Included in the residency is a private studio, 40 m2 in size, and full access to workshops and a library. The resident artist can live in the studio if they so wish, as it contains a kitchenette and a bed.

Kunstlerhaus Bethanien studio
Künstlerhaus Bethanien facility
Kunstlerhaus Bethanien library

Artists who have been working for a while and are interested in seeking opportunities outside Iceland are encouraged to apply. The grant covers the residency fee, successful applicants must cover travel and living expenses.

Pre-selection of applications will be in the hands of the Icelandic Art Center, while the final selection of artists will be made by Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

The application form is available here: Application form

Applications must be in English and include:

  • Introductory letter and statement of intent
  • CV
  • Portfolio
  • Articles and media coverage, if applicable
  • Reference letter, if applicable

The Ministry of Culture and Business Affairs and Viljandi funds the project.

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