All artists living in Berlin for the last six months can apply.
Application deadline: April 30, 2019 at midnight
Nominee solo exhibitions: August 30/31–September 27, 2019
Award ceremony: September 27, 2019
Application fee: 10 €
Nominees receive 1500 € for their participation in the exhibition.
Applicants should submit a selection of their own work. Please submit a maximum of five works. It is not necessary to develop new works for the Berlin Art Prize – works should already exist and produced within the last five years. The deadline is April 30, 2019 at midnight.
You can only apply for the Berlin Art Prize via email. Please send documentation of a maximum of five works, with up to four images of each work, in one PDF (maximum 15 MB). If your application includes video or sound files, please send these via WeTransfer or a similar provider. The corresponding link should be inserted into the email with the application, please do not insert the download link into the PDF file or into a separate email. Please only send video and sound files if they are the artwork, not as documentation.
Please do not send a CV. An optional statement can accompany the submitted artworks. The statement can be a general description of your artistic position or it can be about individual works. We suggest the following: circa 100 words on your general artistic practice and a clarification of individual works of up to 75 words per artwork. This text should not be longer than a page. Please include it within the portfolio PDF.
For purposes of anonymity, do not put your name in your portfolio or the descriptive statements. Any applications containing the artist’s name or any references to specific galleries, curators, exhibitions, awards, schools, etc. will be disqualified. It is acceptable to simply black out the name and/or replace it with “the artist,” “the location,” or “the university,” etc. in texts about the work.
The application should contain following:
a) The portfolio (and the optional statement and work descriptions) as a single PDF.
Please do not include your name anywhere in this file – only the title of the file should contain your name (FirstNameLastName). This format ensures that we are able to easily anonymise the file, which is an important aspect of the prize. This file should be named:
b) The completed application form as a PDF (download under “Apply” on the website). This should be named:
c) If you send video or sound files via WeTransfer, the link should be included in your email, not your portfolio. Video and sound files should be named:
FirstNameLastName_Title of Work
Ex: SofiaSmith_Title of Work
d) A screenshot documenting your payment of the administrative fee as a PDF or JPG. This should be named:
All data of applicants will be kept strictly confidential! Closing date for applications is April 30, 2019. Please send the application documents bundled in a single email to:
For the realization of the Berlin Art Prize we are dependent on your application fee. Your fee of ten Euro goes towards the costs of the jury sittings, materials, and organizational infrastructure. The fee can be transferred via Paypal or a bank transfer.
Please upload a screenshot of your ten Euro payment confirmation as a JPG or PDF along with your application email. Applications without proof of payment cannot be considered. Please name the screenshot FirstNameLastName_Fee (ex: SofiaSmith_Fee)
If you have exceptional financial difficulties and are unable to afford the 10 Euro administrative fee, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 27, 2019 at the latest with a brief explanation. We are able to waive the fee in a limited number of situations. Please note that you need a confirmation from the Berlin Art Prize if you apply without a fee. Without confirmation, the application is unfortunately invalid.
We are extremely grateful for any additional donation above the ten Euro fee. Donations are tax deductible.
Fee: ten Euro
Bank:Berlin Art Prize e.V.
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After the applications are received, an initial selection of approximately fifteen artists will be made using an anonymous method. All candidates will be notified by May 31, 2019 if they have been chosen for the long list. Applicants will be informed via the email address they applied with.
In order to guarantee that the jury can view the original works before nominating the artists for the Berlin Art Prize 2019, for the second selection phase members of the jury and the Berlin Art Prize will arrange a series of dates for the jury to visit the studios of the artists selected for the long list. At this point, the process is no longer anonymous. The dates will be arranged between June 14–23, 2019. If an artist is not in Berlin at the time of the studio visits, it is possible to have a third party represent the artist. If the artist does not have a studio, we will work with the artist to find a suitable alternative location for the visit. The artist will be responsible for transporting their work to and from the alternate location as well as installation.
In this second phase the jury will nominate nine artists from the long list of fifteen artists, whose works will be shown in the Berlin Art Prize 2019 exhibition. The Berlin Art Prize offers a compensation of fifty Euro per artist who is on the longlist, but not chosen for the exhibition.
III. Solo Exhibition
For the final phase, it must be possible for the artists to realize a solo exhibition in one of the nine project spaces. The jury and the organizational team of the Berlin Art Prize will match the artists to the spaces in June 2019. The solo exhibition will then be developed by a mentor from the Berlin Art Prize team in close cooperation with the nominees and the project space directors. The nominees must deliver the selected works themselves and should feel responsible for assisting in the execution and installation of their exhibition. The Berlin Art Prize will provide organizational and financial support for the development of the solo exhibitions. The nominees should deliver their artworks themselves between August 23–25, 2019 and be ready for installation between August 26–29, 2019 for the openings on August 30/31, 2019. If an artist is not present at this time, a third party can assist in the delivery. We strongly recommend the presence of the artist for the installation.
The winners of the Berlin Art Prize 2019 will be chosen by the jury during the exhibition and announced at the end of the exhibitions during an award ceremony. The jury will justify their selection of the winners in a short text.
The exhibitions in one of the nine project rooms will be open for four weeks. After the exhibition, the artworks must be dismantled and collected by the artists or their representatives between September 29–October 1, 2019.
IV. The Prize
All Berlin Art Prize nominees will receive a 1500 € (net) fee. The three winners of the Berlin Art Prize will also be awarded with a cash prize, a trophy created for the occasion by a Berlin-based artist Saâdane Afif, and an invitation to a residency in Winter/Spring 2020 at 80121 Napoli in Napoli, Italy. Flights and accommodation will be covered by the Berlin Art Prize. Any additional costs, including food and travel during the residency, will be the responsibility of the prize winners. Participation in the residency is not obligatory.