DEADLINE EXTENDED till Sunday, April 7th – OPEN CALL 2024 – English

HUJ:C Nexus Intensive Residency & Solo Exhibition 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 invites artists in exile, who live in Berlin, to participate in HUJ:C’s Nexus Intensive Residency & Solo Exhibition Series. 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.

Applicants should submit a proposal that outlines their intended exhibition project and work plan. Three artists or artist groups will be selected by a jury composed of HUJ:C alumni and artistic directors.

Successful applicants will work at B.L.O. Ateliers in Lichtenberg for a period of 10 weeks. At the end of their residency, they will set up a one-week exhibition in the studio space. Each artist or group will be awarded a 500 EUR exhibition fee. Additionally, artists will have the opportunity to present their work in an artist talk and engage with the HUJ:C artist network during a ‘Salon’.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS: Sunday, April 7th, 2024, 23:59


Launched in 2017 by Lockkunst e.V.-B.L.O. Ateliers artists, HUJ:C is a cross-cultural artist network, emphasizing artistic exchange and addressing current socio-cultural issues. The network is composed of founding members, previous HUJ:C artist residents, and collaborators. HUJ:C artists continue to meet regularly to collaborate and support one another’s artistic production. HIER & JETZT: Connections is kindly supported by the Department of Art and Culture Lichtenberg.


HIER & JETZT: Connections is part of the cultural association Lockkunst e.V. and located at B.L.O. Ateliers, in Berlin Lichtenberg. Since 2003, B.L.O. Ateliers 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 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, 2024, a 60m² studio is offered as working space for a period of 10 weeks, free of charge. Resident artists are required to dedicate a minimum of two-thirds of their time to studio work. Please consider your travel plans and work schedule before applying. Artists will have access to the studio 24 hours per day.

During the residency, artists are asked to present their work in a public artist talk, participate in a HUJ:C Salon, and produce an exhibition that will take place at the end of their residency period. In addition, the resident artist(s) during PERIOD 1 will participate in B.L.O. Ateliers’ Tag der offenen Tür, and the resident artist(s) during PERIOD 2 will participate in Lange Nacht der Bilder at B.L.O. Ateliers.

During the first two weeks of each residency period, the resident artist will give a public Artist Talk about their work and creative process. This serves as an opportunity for artists to introduce their artistic vision and methodologies to the public and HUJ:C network.

Salons are regular informal meetings in which HUJ:C artists and collaborators are invited to share and exchange ideas on a specific topic. In the HUJ:C Nexus Residency, the resident artist will select a theme related to the project they will realize during the residency. HUJ:C artists will contribute content (image, text, etc.) relevant to the theme that is discussed in a group setting.

At the conclusion of the residency periods, each artist / artist group will install a solo exhibition in the studio space. The artist resident(s) will receive a € 500.00 exhibition fee, the practical support of a technical assistant and the documentation of the work by a photographer.

PERIOD 1: April 30 – July 12, 2024

April 30 – July 4 10 Week Residency Period
May 10 Artist Talk by Resident Artist / Artist Group
June 1 Salon with HUJ:C Community 
June 8 Tag der offenen Tür/Open Studio at B.L.O. Ateliers
July 5 – 12 Exhibition

PERIOD 2: July 16 – September 27, 2024

July 16 – Sept 19 10 Week Residency Period
July 25 Artist Talk by Resident Artist / Artist Group
August 24 Salon with HUJ:C Community 
Sept 6 Lange Nacht der Bilder, at B.L.O. Ateliers
Sept 20 – 27 Exhibition

PERIOD 3: October 1 – December 13, 2024

Oct 1 – Dec 5 10 Week Residency Period
Oct 10 Artist Talk by Resident Artist / Artist Group
Nov 9 Salon with HUJ:C Community 
Dec 6 – 13 Exhibition


1. Application deadline: Sunday, April 7th , 2024

Notification of Pre-selected Artists: Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

2. Interviews with Pre-selected Artists: Saturday, April 20, 2024

Announcement of Selected Artists: Monday, April 22, 2024


Topics may include: why you believe you are a good candidate for the HUJ:C residency, how you relate to the term exile, how you plan to use the studio, a specific theme or project you are working on, more about you, etc. (1,000 word max., 1MB)

ARTIST STATEMENT (500 word max., 1MB)

CV / BIOGRAPHY Biography or CV (500 words max.)

PORTFOLIO / WORK SAMPLES Maximum of 10 images of previous work / links to videos. (15MB max.)

Submit a detailed project description that outlines your intended work during the residency and concept for the subsequent exhibition. (1,000 word max., 1MB)

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