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Residency in Berlin, Bethanien

For practitioners in the visual arts, photography, design, crafts, illustration, textile art or architecture.

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The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists, IASPIS, collaborates with a range of residency programmes around the world. In addition to a workspace or studio, the artist-in-residence will get access to housing and a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during their stay. The purpose of our residencies abroad is to support artists’ opportunities to create, develop and nurture their contacts outside Sweden.

Description of the residency programme

Künstlerhaus Bethanien is a studio programme and project workshop for international contemporary art. They have 25 studios in the building on Kohlfurter and Kottbusser Strasse.

Artists-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien get the chance to develop and implement projects and make contacts in Berlin’s art scene. The focus of Künstlerhaus Bethanien’s work is to provide individual support and create connections among artists in the programme and the wider local community.

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Photo: Kunstlerhaus Bethanien

  • The studio is 55 square metres, and access is also provided to different kinds of workshops.

    IASPIS leases a 74-square-metre furnished apartment on Paul Lincke Ufe on behalf of the artist-in-residence during their stay. Two people can stay in the flat. Pets are not allowed.

  • 6 months, January– June 2026

  • The grant is aimed at professional practitioners in the field of visual arts.

  • 130 000 SEK. This grant is intended to cover travel and living expenses as well as some material costs during the residency.

  • Künstlerhaus Bethanien website (Öppnas i ett nytt fönster)
  • Mar Fjell (2020)
    Santiago Mostyn (2021)
    Cecilia Hultman (2022)
    Per Svensson (2023)
    Del LaGrace Vulcano (2024)

Application and reporting requirements

  • You must be a professional artist in the field of visual arts or design.

    You have an artistic practice in, for example, the visual arts, photography, design, crafts, illustration, textile art or architecture.

    To be considered a professional artist, you must earn a living entirely or partly from your artistic activities and regularly present your art to an audience or in an artistic context.

    You must be a resident in Sweden or practice most of your art here.

    You can be a foreign citizen and apply for our stipends and grants, but you must be a resident in Sweden or primarily practice your art here. If you are a Swedish citizen but live abroad, you must be able to demonstrate that most of your artistic activity takes place in Sweden.

    You must not be a student for more than 50 per cent of your time when an award decision is made.

    This means being enrolled in any type of studies, from undergraduate studies to doctoral studies and post-graduate education. You can be studying when you submit your application, but when a decision is made you cannot be enrolled for more than 50 per cent for a course or programme.

    You must not owe any unpaid Swedish taxes or fees to the Swedish Enforcement Authority or be declared bankrupt.

    This means that you cannot owe a debt on your Swedish tax account that has been passed on to the enforcement authority. This does not apply to other types of debts or charges from public organisations or private companies.

    You must not have received de minimis aid exceeding a total of 300,000 euros during the last three-year period.

    Stipends and grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee are subject to the provisions of the European Commission Regulation (EU) 2023/2031 on state funding, also known as de minimis aid.

  • The application for a residency is open once a year. See the application deadlines.

    In order to submit an application, you need to answer all the questions marked as mandatory in the form and attach work samples.

    If you are part of a duo/group, one of you submits the application and in the text indicates additional artists included in the application. The applicant uploads their own work samples or common work samples for the duo/group. Please note that if the grant is awarded, the grant amount is to be shared.

    Applications must be submitted by 14.00 CET on the application deadline.

    Work samples are mandatory

    Choose current work samples that are representative of your artistry, preferably from the last two years. Keep in mind that it can be a good idea to choose both close-ups of your works and images that show how your works are presented in context.

    When you upload your files with the application, you can specify the title, year, technique, size and description for each file.

    Number of files: 5-10
    File formats: jpg (2 MB), mp3 (20MB), mp4 och mov (50 MB)

    You can submit your application on paper

    We recommend using our e-service to submit your application. It makes it easier for you to ensure that your application was registered and it allows you to follow your case via “My pages”.

    Application on paper

  • When we receive your application, we verify that you meet all the formal requirements.

    Members of the international panel of the Visual Artists’ Fund will then read your application. The members are practising artists or experts in the field of art. At least three people read each application. The Visual Artists’ Fund selects 3–5 candidates for the residency, after which the residency’s management makes a first and second choice. The decision is then made by the Visual Artists’ Fund.

    If a member has a conflict of interest in relation to an applicant, that member is forbidden from participating in the review process or award decision for that application.

    How is your decision made?

    We select grant recipients based on the quality of artistic activities and the applicant’s financial need. This means that we assess the quality of the work samples and reference material that you submit. At the same time, we make an assessment of your financial need. This can mean, for example, that we do not prioritise an applicant who has a high income or has recently received other grants or stipends.

    In our selection, we aim to distribute the grants to artists in different parts of the country and across a variety of artistic expressions.

    How we avoid conflicts of interest

  • The grant holder reports on the stay after returning home, but does not need to submit a financial report.

  • The grant is exempt from tax.

  • If you are awarded a grant for the residency programme, you must state in all communications about your residency that it was carried out with the support of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Please use the wording “with support from IASPIS, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee´s International Programme for Visual and Applied Arts.”

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