Overview, Application and Acceptance to the Programme
Q: I am interested in your residency program and would like to come by in person to get to know you
A: The best opportunity to come by and get to know the place would be our open studio event, Openhaus, that is periodically announced on our website. In case you cannot make it to any of the Openhaus events, you can visit us on our Monday Dinners and have the opportunity to listen presentations of our resident artists and share the awesome food they cook. Please remember to send us an email before planning to join us.
Q: For the application, do you encourage proposals only from projects with process-based approach?
A: In any case it would be important to understand how you want to connect your project to the specific context of ZK/U, the neighbourhood or Berlin. Additionally, the quality and content of your artistic/ activist/ research practice will also be an important criteria for the selection process.
Q: I am hoping to apply to the upcoming residency deadline. In case my application is selected, when would I be able to do my residency?
A: After you submit your application and if selected to take part in the residency programme, you will have two years to find funding and complete your residency. Once you secure the finances for your residency, we can proceed with the exact dates of your residency. The earliest date to start your residency is in 10 weeks after the deadline of our open call.
Q: What does it mean to get accepted to the programme?
A: Your acceptance means that your application has been found successful among other submissions, however you will still have to secure your finances to take part in the programme. Once you have been selected, you have the opportunity to take part in ZK/U’s programme in the following two years. In case it is necessary, we are happy to provide you with an official invitation letter for your funding research process to cover your stay and for your visa application.
Q: Regarding the application requirements, should the 2 PDF documents not exceed 10 pages or just the portfolio itself?
A: Ideally the application should be concise. So no more than 10 pages for the portfolio and no more than 12 pages all together.
Q: When will you announce the results?
A: All applicants will be informed within 10 weeks after the application deadline. In case we receive a large amount of applications, we might take longer to get back to you. Please be patient, as we will take the time to inform every applicant whether they were selected or not.
Q: I’ve been a resident before — can I reapply?
A: Yes, you can be a resident again, and you do not need to apply again.
Q: Is it possible to be interested in 2 themes in the open call and work on them during the art residency?
A: You can be interested in as many themes of the call you like. What is important for us is to understand how your project fits into the themes addressed in the call.
Q: I already live in Berlin and therefore do not need accommodation. Can I still participate in the residency programme?
A: We believe the communal living and working along with other artists and researchers is an important element of the ZK/U residency. For now, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the current state of reconstruction of ZK/U in mind, it has been decided to not make living at ZK/U obligatory for the time being. If you live in Berlin, you can of course apply to the residency.