Organised by Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, in partnership with the National Arts Council


Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin (KB) is one of the premier residency programmes in Europe. This 12-month residency at KB offers professional visual artists the opportunity to develop their practice, incubate new ideas for the advancement of contemporary art and encounter creative challenges within the context of KB and the international networking opportunities it presents.


Successful applicants can receive funding of up to S$50,000 which can go towards living expenses for their residency period, studio and material costs and a presentation of the final project at the end of the residency. The project/s will also be publicly presented in one of the KB exhibition studios.



The selected artist(s) is expected to manage his/her time well at KB, take charge of the work/project based on the residency application, and participate in the studio visits, excursions, forums, and other activities organised by KB for its artists-in-residence. At the end of the residency, the artist(s) is expected to participate in a group exhibition to showcase his/her work. Artists are to be responsible for their own health and safety during the residency period.



The total funding amount will not exceed $50,000 for each artist. Each artist is expected to maintain the funds responsibly and to contribute additional funds if necessary for the completion of the residency programme. Upon selection, the funding amount will be disbursed in 4 instalments over the residency period of 12 months. A post-residency report including financial statements would have to be submitted to NAC within 2 months of the end of the residency.



  • Lease of a studio and living space (45 sqm), plus basic equipment including electricity, heating and water usage (Artist has to bear telephone, fax & photocopy charges).

  • Curatorial, administrative and technical support from the host institution, exhibition and publicity services (exhibition sitting, insurance, installation and de-installation, receptions and advertisements, public relations, invitations).

  • Studio visits, collectors' forums, excursions, and mediation of contacts to international curators, collectors, art critics, institutions etc. for the artist.

  • NAC grants to support round trip travel costs and living allowance, accommodation & studio rental, project development, artists' materials and related exhibition expenses.



Applicants must be professional visual artists who are Singaporeans or Permanent Residents of Singapore. They should possess the following:

  • A consistent and strong track record as a practicing artist of at least 3 years

  • Previous participation in international projects or events of good standing

  • Produced an independent body of work that demonstrates innovation and experimentation in contemporary visual arts practice and discourse

  • Demonstrated commitment in their art practice in the local visual arts scene

Full-time students are not eligible to apply



1. Artistic Excellence

Emerging as well as mid-career artists will be identified for their outstanding portfolio and potential to produce critical and cutting-edge work of artistic excellence and their commitment to this purpose.

2. Engagement with the Visual Arts Scene

Applicants must display a high level of engagement in contemporary art practices and critical discourse since the KB International Residency is geared towards contemporary art practice.



Acceptance into the residency is based on a preliminary selection and recommendation by NAC followed by a decision by a KB jury. 


Applications for the KB Residency Programme are now closed. For enquiries, please contact Patrick Piay (Assistant Director, Visual Arts) at patrick_piay@nac.gov.sg


Direct applications by artists are not accepted by KB.