BPA // Berlin program for artists



BPA facilitates exchange between emerging and experienced Berlin-based artists, through coordinated studio visits and meetings.


BPA does not have a fixed location – activity is concentrated in the studios of the artists involved with the program. Ten participants meet with a core group of ten mentors and a wider group of guest mentors. Twice a month participants present their work in concentrated one-on-one visits in their own studios, followed by a group discussion in a mentor’s studio. A participation cycle lasts one year, from January to December. The program initiates at least one public-facing exhibition per year. BPA does not charge fees to participants, and since 2017 it has offered participants a grant to produce new work.


Mentors 2016/17

  • Saâdane Afif
  • Monika Baer
  • Angela Bulloch
  • Simon Denny
  • Bouchra Khalili
  • Thomas Locher
  • Olaf Nicolai
  • Calla Henkel / Max Pitegoff
  • Willem de Rooij
  • Wolfgang Tillmans

Guest Mentors 2017

Guest Mentor 2016

  • Saim Demircan


Participants 2017


Applications for BPA’s 2018 cycle can be sent until October 1st 2017 to contact@berlinprogramforartists.org. These will be reviewed by a cross-section of the mentoring group. Ideal applicants would have recently completed a masters-level education or be able to present artwork of a comparable level. Applicants must be living and working in Berlin during the 2018 cycle period, and be able to present their work from their own studio. Participation in all meetings throughout the year is expected. BPA is neither a residency nor a school – it does not provide studio space or any kind of qualification on completion.


Dates of the 2018 program cycle: January – December 2018 (with a summer break from July – September)


Application format: PDF with documentation of artwork and CV including birthdate, birthplace and education history


Closing date for application: October 1, 2017


Date of confirmation of entry: October 31, 2017






Berlin Program for Artists gUG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Gutenbergstr. 6
10587 Berlin

AG Charlottenburg, HRB 182350

Directors: Angela Bulloch, Simon Denny, Willem de Rooij

VAT: 27/611/05462

Rechtsberatung: Bauschke Braeuer Rechtsanwälte, Berlin