The Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme, Berliner Künstlerprogramm, is one of the most renowned international programmes offering grants to artists in the ﬁelds of visual arts, literature, music, film as well as dance/performance. Each year, some 20 grants are awarded to international artists for an approximately one-year stay in Berlin.
The daadgalerie in the heart of Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie is a venue for art, literature and music. It hosts presentations of the DAAD guests on a regular basis: art exhibitions, readings and composers’ portraits.
From the very beginning, the Berliner Künstlerprogramm has deﬁned itself as a forum for artistic dialogue which extends beyond cultural, geographical and, certainly, beyond political borders. This forum is effective and vigorous not only through the work and presence of the artists living in the city, but also through the approximately 100 events each year which the Berliner Künstlerprogramm hosts in conjunction with its guests in Berlin and other locations, and not least, by the international juries of experts in the four sections who decide upon the invitations to be issued.
The expressed intention of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm is to create waves extending far beyond the capital city. Close cooperation with various cultural institutions, museums, literary, music and film festivals has led to a sustained, nationwide influence: many guests remain in Germany after their grants and so enhance the cultural scene, for example as temporary lecturers at colleges of art and universities.
One aim of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm is to offer freedom of creativity and to promote the diversity of artistic and literary positions. It sees itself as a platform for an exchange of art and culture extending beyond the boundaries of Europe. The year 1989 and the Fall of the Wall are viewed by the Berliner Künstlerprogramm as a commission to reinforce the freedom of art and the word.
The Berliner Künstlerprogramm is funded chiefly by the Foreign Ministry Office and also in part by the city of Berlin. It was founded by the Ford Foundation in 1963 and was taken over by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 1964.