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Künstlerhaus Bethanien Residency

Künstlerhaus Bethanien Residency Open Call

National Arts Council Singapore (NAC) has partnered with Künstlerhaus Bethanien to offer two (2) six-month residency opportunities in Berlin across two cycles in 2023/2024. NAC will be supporting one (1) practitioner per residency cycle.

The dates for each residency cycle is as follows:

Cycle 1: 15 April 2023 to 14 October 2023

Cycle 2: 15 October 2023 to 14 April 2024



Künstlerhaus Bethanien (KB) is an international cultural centre located in Berlin, Germany. The centre provides residency studios and exhibition spaces for artists-in-residence that includes dedicated individual support as well as opportunities to establish connections between these artists with the wider artistic community and regional context in Berlin and across Europe. 

As part of the residency programme, selected artist(s) will be provided with a studio and living space, along with equipment and amenities for their day-to-day life and work. 

Selected artist(s) are also supported with administrative, technical and artistic support from KB, and will be provided with an opportunity to host open studios, as well as to present an exhibition at the centre.



The residency programme is open to all practitioners (e.g. artists, researchers, curators, writers etc.) working in the field of visual arts. Practitioners working in collectives should apply individually, as each residency cycle is only able to support one (1) practitioner at a time.

Only individuals who are Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents will be eligible.

Interested applicants with pending and/or outstanding evaluation reports from previous NAC grants, or have current debts with NAC, will not be eligible.



All interested applicants are required to submit the following documents to Chua Yong Kee via email at by Friday 7 October 2022, 5 PM:

  • Completed Application Form;
  • Portfolio of key artworks and/or projects in the past five (5) years;
  • Updated CV; and
  • Letter(s) of Referral.

Any application deemed incomplete at closing deadline will not be considered. Appeals for late submissions thereafter will also not be considered. NAC reserves the right to consider and/or accept any clarifications post-submission.

Notification of open call results will be communicated to applicants individually via email by January 2023.



All shortlisted applications will be evaluated by a joint panel comprising of NAC and KB representatives.

Applications will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  1. Strength of Proposal and Feasibility of Ideas (60%)

    Project proposals should contain highly original and well-researched project ideas, and demonstrate clarity in their intended focus and aims. Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate how they wish to continue, develop, and grow their current research areas and artistic practice within their proposal.

    Proposals should demonstrate willingness and openness to exploring new methods and modes of developing artistic practice. Applicants should also articulate any potential avenues for collaboration with other practitioners, artists and/or researchers.

    Proposals must indicate how the applicant intends to leverage on the networks and opportunities provided by KB and the residency programme to further their artistic and professional development.

  2. Artistic Merit and Track Record (40%)

    Artistic merit and track record will be assessed based on the portfolio submitted and the applicant’s potential to produce research of high value to Singapore’s visual arts landscape, and/or works of strong artistic merit.

    Applicants must demonstrate a track record of contributing to Singapore’s arts and cultural landscape through prior engagements and/or outreach, and display the potential to fill any perceived industry gaps (e.g. artistic, technical, commercial etc.).

    Applicants that have participated in past residencies of good standing are preferred, as well as applicants that are able to articulate and/or demonstrate the successful use of networks gained from past residencies and/or projects.



Successful applicant(s) will be provided with a grant of $25,000 to cover their costs and expenses for the residency programme. This includes, but is not limited to, airfare, visas, travel insurances and per diem for daily expenses.



For more information, please contact Mr Chua Yong Kee at