Québec Studio in Berlin

In 2010, the Conseil is offering an outstanding opportunity for a six-month residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin for artists whose professional practice focuses on the new media.

Québec Studio in Berlin

Given the importance that the Conseil attaches to broadening the influence of Québec artists abroad and the special relations that the Québec government maintains with the Federal Republic of Germany, the opening of a Québec studio in Berlin in 2003 marked a major step in the consolidation of the network of studio-apartments made available to Québec artists around the world.

In 2010, the Conseil is offering an outstanding opportunity for a six-month residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin for artists whose professional practice focuses on the new media.

Concerned artistic field : New media

The artistic projects submitted must:

  • rely on digital technologies in the visual arts, the media arts, the audio arts or music, or digital technologies that have a social impact;
  • be innovative and propose an experimental approach that relies on a wide array of forms, processes and practices;
  • display receptiveness to Internet evolution, global network practices, open-source methodologies, sustainable design and mobile technology.
  • Artists with over 10 years of artistic practice.


The Künstlerhaus Bethanien receives each year artists from around the world, usually for long stays. Since the institution’s foundation in 1974, over 400 artists from 30 countries have worked in its studios.

The Künstlerhaus Bethanien is internationally renowned for its vitality and the quality of the events it organizes. It is located in the multicultural Kreuzberg district of Berlin. The roughly 75-m2 studio is furnished simply and has a kitchenette; a toilet and shower-room are located on the same floor. The apartment does not have any specialized equipment. However, the Bethanien makes available to artists several work spaces, including metal, wood, synthetic materials and video workshops. All of the studios have a free Internet connection. Artists may also use computers in a specially outfitted room. This space houses two Macintosh G-5 computers equipped with recent software.

Length of stay and amount of the grant

During his stay, the artist will be able to work on the project indicated in the grant application and present it to the public at the Künstlerhaus. Moreover, the artist selected could possibly participate in activities in conjunction with the symposium organized by Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) in the fall of 2010 in Germany. The Künstlerhaus offers guest artists living in the residences it manages:

  • the use of workshops and technical equipment needed to carry out artistic projects;
  • the assistance of its technical team in realizing artistic projects;
  • the public presentation of projects carried out during the artist’s stay;
  • the promotion of events concerning guest artists;
  • the integration of resident artists into broader projects carried out by the Künstlerhaus.

The Québec artist will stay for 6 months at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, from July to December 2010.

Under this program, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec provides a $10 000 grant. It covers the artist’s personal insurance and his travel and living expenses.

The Conseil will directly pay the Künstlerhaus Bethanien funds to cover the purchase of material needed to carry out the project and the cost of technical assistance.

Registration date

December 1, 2009

Additional information

This studio has been made available through the collaboration of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, the Québec government office in Berlin and the ministère des Relations internationales.

Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Detailed information on Québec’s network abroad (delegations, offices and trade branches) may be found on the Ministère des Relations internationales’ Web site.

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