HIER & JETZT: Connections (HUJ:C) is an exchange and residency program organized by artists for artists. The project calls upon international artists in exile who live in Berlin and seek a place for artistic production. The initiative, HIER & JETZT: Connections, defines exile as the involuntary loss of one’s social context and working environment in their country of origin for an uncertain period of time.

The project is complemented by a series of lectures, workshops, and discussions held by artists, experts, and researchers in order to create a space for dialogue, mutual learning and understanding.

Successful applicants are invited to work at B.L.O. Ateliers, in Berlin, for a period of three months.
Additionally, a budget of 500 € is offered to each resident or group for production costs.
Deadline: Sunday, February 28, 2021


This open call is primarily addressed to visual artists who work in the fields of installation, painting, sculpture, media art, performance and photography. Applications from artists groups are welcome.

Artists who apply must either live in Berlin or find their own accommodations in the city, for the duration of their residency. HUJ:C does not provide housing.

From April through December, 2021, a 60 m² studio is offered as working space for a period of three months free of charge. Additionally, a budget of 500 € is offered to each resident or group for production costs.

During the residency, artists are asked to hold a public presentation of their work (for example: open studio, artist talk, workshop, etc.). and to participate in the project’s extended program.

Selected artists are expected to work in the studio for at least 2/3 of their residency period. Please consider your travel plans and work schedule before applying. The studio will remain open through the duration of the pandemic; artists will have access to the studio 24 hours per day, including during lockdowns and fluctuating COVID-19 related circumstances (according to official law) .

The residency periods are:

April 1st – June 30th
July 1st – September 30th
October 1st – December 31st

The application process consists of two phases:

1. Application deadline: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Notification of the pre-selected artists: Friday , March 5, 2021

2. Online interviews with pre-selected artists: Sunday, March 7, 2021.
Announcement of selected artists: Monday March 8, 2021.


Deadline: Sunday, February 28, 2021

Please send the requested materials to blo-huj@riseup.net

1. Portfolio / Work Examples: max. 10 pictures of previous work / links to videos
File Name: portfolio_yourName (.zip or .pdf), max 5MB

2. CV, Biography: max. 2 pages
File Name: cv_yourName (.doc or .pdf), max 5MB

3. Artist Statement: max. 1 page
File Name: statement_yourName (.doc or .pdf), max 5MB

4. Letter of Intention (optional): max. 1 page
Topics may include: why you believe you are a good candidate for the HUJ:C residency, how you plan to use the studio, a specific theme or project you are working on, how you relate to the term `exile,´ more about you, etc.  (.doc or .pdf), max 5MB

5. Application form Form_english Open Call 2021
(please fill in the form and copy it into a .doc, .pdf, .txt document or directly into the application e-mail)

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Artistic Direction & Coordination:
Kristen Cooper, Christa Fülbier, Irina Novarese, Özlem Sariyildiz
contact: blo-huj@riseup.net