OPEN CALL for ARTISTS IN EXILE – 2023 – English

HIER & JETZT:Connections

OPEN CALL: Artists in Exile, Exchange & Residency Program at B.L.O. Ateliers – Lockkunst e.V. (Berlin, Germany)


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: Saturday, February 18, 2023


The artist initiative HIER & JETZT: Connections (HUJ:C) was launched by artists of the cultural association Lockkunst e.V. – B.L.O. Ateliers in 2017. HUJ:C is an exchange and residency program for artists in exile that emphasizes communication and reciprocity of artistic practices, while addressing current cultural and social questions.

Over the course of the last five years the program has grown into a cross-cultural network composed of founding members, previous HUJ:C artist residents and collaborators. The group continues to meet regularly to collaborate and support one another’s artistic production.

The project HIER & JETZT: Connections is funded through the integration funds of the Bezirksamt Lichtenberg, Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur (Cultural Office of Berlin City District Lichtenberg, Art and Culture Department).


HIER & JETZT: Connections is part of the cultural association Lockkunst e.V. and located at B.L.O. Ateliers. Since 2003, B.L.O. Ateliers (located in Berlin-Lichtenberg) has offered workshop space and studios to a vast variety of international artists and makers. About 80 people work at B.L.O., among which include: visual artists, musicians, photographers, blacksmiths and special effects technicians. The cultural association Lockkunst e.V. organizes non-profit projects with various cultural and community partners and engages the public through concerts, workshops, film screenings, lectures, theater and exhibitions.


  • This open call is addressed to visual international artists in exile in Berlin.
    Applications from artist groups are welcome.
  • Artists working in the fields of installation, painting, sculpture, media art, performance and photography can apply.
  • Artists who apply must have arrived in Berlin within the last 5 years.
  • HUJ:C does not provide housing. It is not possible to use the studio as living space.


From April through December, 2023, a 60m² 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 public presentations of their work (artist talk & open studio) and to participate in the project’s extended program, including B.L.O. Ateliers’ two open-to-public events: Tag der offenen Tür and Lange Nacht der Bilder.

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. Artists will have access to the studio 24 hours per day.


April 1st – June 30th

July 1st – September 30th

October 1st – December 31st


1. Application deadline: Saturday, February 18, 2023

Notification of Pre-selected Artists: Monday, February 27 2023

2. Interviews with Pre-selected Artists: Sunday, March 5, 2023

Announcement of Selected Artists: Tuesday, March 7, 2023

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS: Saturday, February 18, 2023


Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Artistic Direction & Coordination: Kristen Cooper, Christa Fülbier, Irina Novarese, Özlem Sarıyıldız