Berlin with its thriving international arts and literary communities, is a perfect city for writers and visual artists, full of inspiration for creative people. Berlin always was and is a multicultural artistic hub, a city open to the world – and the world gladly accepts its invitation. Countless galleries, museums, theaters, world-class exhibitions, ambitious collectors and an educated audience make Berlin one of the most important art cities in the world. Check out these possibilities to write and live almost for free in Berlin and start applying:
American Academy in Berlin
The American Academy in Berlin is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Deadline is September 30, 2015. The American Academy in Berlin is a private and independent, nonprofit institute for advanced study located in Berlin, Germany. Its fellowship program promotes advanced research in a variety of academic, cultural, and political disciplines. Worldliteraturetoday.org wrote: “Since reunification—and of course famously also before—artists and writers have felt the allure of Germany’s new-old capital. It remains slightly remote from the trends of western Europe, and—rather like New Orleans in the States has its own styles and its own cults.”
Academy fellows are comprised of established and emerging scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study. Berlin Prizes have been awarded to historians, economists, filmmakers, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, linguists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others. Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the US. However, US citizenship is not required,
Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, in some cases, for an entire academic year. Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, housing at the Academy, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. The Academy’s furnished apartments at the Hans Arnhold Center are suitable for individuals and couples. All fellows are expected to reside at the Hans Arnhold Center during the entire term of the award.
Private furnished apartments, including small kitchens, are provided in a villa on the shores of beautiful Lake Wannsee. The Wannsee train station (a stop for S-Bahn and regional trains) is less than a ten-minute walk away. Trains reach downtown in ten to twenty minutes.
The PenTales Hemingway Fellowship
Writers, travelling to Berlin privately? Bring your laptop and write during your FREE stay there.
It’s an unusual opportunity: Stay in an amazing Berlin apartment for four days for the price of nothing (but your creativity)
Berlin Instigator Louisa Lowenstein and PenTales are excited to announce the opening of the PenTales Hemingway Room – a small beautiful room in Prenzlauer Berg, one of Berlin’s most inspiring and creative neighborhoods.
Creative souls of all stripes are invited to stay in the room for FREE for up to four days. The only requirement: they produce creative work during their stay, including but not limited to writing, drawing, film making and photography. Their work will join that of other Hemingway Room guests on www.pentales.com and in a larger PenTales Hemingway Room exhibition in Berlin.
Email Louisa at email@example.com introducing yourself, what days you hope to visit Berlin, and what work you plan to pursue in the Hemingway Room. Please include samples of your previous work. The PenTales Hemingway Room is open year-round and always welcomes applications.
For New Zealand Writers ONLY
The Berlin Writers Residency will be offered in Berlin, Germany in 2015 and 2016. The residency is for a period of up to eleven months, starting after 1 November 2015 and finishing no later than 30 September 2016. The opportunity is open to New Zealand writers only.
It provides a unique opportunity for a New Zealand writer to live and work in Berlin. A stipend of NZD $40,000 is offered to cover travel to Berlin, insurance and living costs. Creative New Zealand provides a one bedroom, 180 sqft apartment in the district of Friedrichshain in former East Berlin, which has a reputation as a lively and dynamic district.
The Künstlerhaus Bethanien is an international cultural centre in Berlin. An artist-in-residence programme with workspaces for professional artists and exhibition spaces, it is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary visual arts.
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The “artist in residence” program is the key to the purpose of the Starke Foundation. For a period of 3-12 months, the foundation will provide residential and working premises to selected artists. Besides this long term support for young artists, short-term apartments for established artists are available. Stiftung Starke is located at Koenigsallee 30, in the beautiful and posh area of Grunewald. In addition the Starke Foundation arranges numerous national and international contacts to museums, galleries and public institutions as well as to representatives in the fields of culture, science, economy, sports and politics.
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service
An invitation to the Berliner Künstlerprogramm is one of the most sought- after scholarships in the world. The Artists-in-Berlin Program of the German Academic Exchange Service (commonly referred to as DAAD) provides about 20 grants to international artists in the fields of literature, visual arts, music, and film, Application forms can be downloaded at www.berliner-kuenstlerprogramm.de under the link scholarship. For Writers: Your publications (preferably in German, otherwise if possible in English or French) – but please no more than 4 or 5 books; reviews. No manuscripts.
Residency is for an approximately one-year stay in Berlin. The grant includes a monthly stipend, an apartment, workspace (studio), and funds for projects. The deadline for applications to the program is December 31, 2015. http://www.berliner-kuenstlerprogramm.de/en/stipendien.html
ZK/U-Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
The ZK/U-Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Center for Art and Urbanistics) provides residencies of two to eight months “for artists, scholars, and practitioners (curators, activists, autodidacts, etc.) interested in cross-disciplinary theory and practice dealing with ‘the city’.” ZK/U offers fellows optimal working and communication structures. Various spaces will be available for production, exhibiting, exchange and leisure, including the individual studio-apartments, the event space, the communal kitchen, the library (in progress), the basement for events, the roofed terrace, the surrounding park and local municipal workshops in the immediate neighborhood. ZK/U is located in one of Berlin’s former railway depots, a landmark building with an overall footprint of 6000 sqft. Located in Moabit, a central district of Berlin, the center enjoys easy access to transport links. Surrounded on all sides by water, Berlin-Moabit was an enclave populated in the 19th century by Huguenots who had fled from France and gave this area its name.
For individual fellows selected for the program, depending on the studio-apartment and the length of the stay, costs can be between 500 and 800 Euros per month. ZK/U will work with selected fellows in support of efforts to obtain funding to cover the cost through external grants. The deadline for applications for 2017 is early June 2016. http://www.zku-berlin.org/apply/
Many writers crave a peaceful period of uninterrupted time dedicated to writing. The solution is a writers residency. A room of one’s own, maybe some meals thrown in and a little pocket money. Or even just the room. The opportunity to travel can lead your writing into creative, unexpected, and exciting directions. Getting a quiet place to write could easily be a turning point in a writer’s life, providing crucial time to finish an important piece of work. It certainly doesn’t hurt to learn at least a couple of words in German.
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