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. Participants meet with a core group of 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 two years, always from January to December. The program initiates several public-facing events per year. BPA does not charge fees to participants, and offers them a grant to produce new work.

For BPA 2020 marks the beginning of partnerships with KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Gropius Bau. From February 2020 on KW hosts BPA Talks: three afternoons of public presentations by participants and mentors. In April 2021 a group exhibition in the series BPA Exhibitions will be staged at KW.  In the fall of 2020 BPA at Gropius Studios enables BPA participants to test and present their work during a working period at Martin-Gropius-Bau.


Participants 2019

Participants 2018

Participants 2016 (Pilot)



Guest Mentors 2020

Guest Mentors 2019

Guest Mentors 2018

  • Julieta Aranda
  • Claudia Comte
  • Mariana Castillo Deball
  • Maurin Dietrich
  • Richard Frater
  • Christian Friedrich
  • Flora Klein
  • Pablo Larios
  • Keto Logua
  • Ibrahim Mahama
  • Michaela Melian
  • Matt Mullican
  • Ahmet Öğüt
  • Judy Radul
  • Karin Sander
  • Yorgos Sapountzis
  • Jerszy Seymour
  • Tobias Spichtig
  • Slavs and Tatars
  • Shabahang Tayyari

Guest Mentors 2017

Guest Mentor 2016

  • Saim Demircan


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 a BPA 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.

Application format: PDF with documentation of artwork and CV including birthdate, birthplace and education history in English; the complete application documents should not exceed a data volume of 20 MB.

The application period for BPA’s 2020 cycle has ended. Information regarding applications for 2021 will be announced ahead of time.










Berlin program for artists gUG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Müllerstraße 156a
2. Hinterhof, Aufgang 12
13353 Berlin

AG Charlottenburg, HRB 182350

Directors: Angela Bulloch, Simon Denny, Willem de Rooij

VAT: 27/611/05462

Rechtsberatung: Bauschke Braeuer Rechtsanwälte, Berlin


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