Call for applications

Lagos – Berlin Residency 2016 Program

Goethe Institut, ZK/U, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Deadline: 30 April 2016

Lagos – Berlin Residency 2016 Program

In the context of its partnership with the Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U) in Berlin, the cultural office of local government of Wedding/Berlin and SAVVY Contemporary art space Berlin, GoetheInstitut Nigeria offers a three months residency for artists and practitioners from Nigeria, interested in cross-disciplinary theory and practice dealing with ‘the city’.

The residency offers a ‘living & work space’: furnished studio-apartments (half of which have private bathrooms), communal facilities, a platform open for public events, lectures, discussions, screenings, performances and presentations. Through the partnership with the cultural office of Wedding/Berlin and its communal gallery, the residency offers the possibility of curatorial and artistic mentoring.

Artists should be working professionally in their fields and have a broad range of projects and exhibition experience; practitioners should have some years of professional experience. They are invited to use ZK/U as a platform, and propose their own formats or long-term satellite projects.


Contextual framework

The residency sees itself as a platform for interdisciplinary artistic and curatorial activities dealing with the phenomenon of “the city” in an international perspective. Its main partner, ZK/U in Berlin, promotes international exchange on global issues, in the light of what is happening in one’s own backyard.

Working with local and international partners, ZK/U residencies brings together critical minds at the cutting-edge of artistic production and urban research. Contemporary artistic positions, ranging from contextual and interventionist to conceptual and street art, address selected themes. Work at ZK/U is informed by theoretical and practice-based critiques developed in the disciplines of geography, anthropology, urban planning, architecture and the humanities.


Selection Criteria

The selection criteria will be based upon the founding concept of ZK/U ( There are no limitations concerning age, all applicant must have Nigerian citizenship though.



After being selected, Goethe-Institut Nigeria will support the invited residential fellow with airfare to and from Berlin, accommodation (at ZK/U), a monthly stipend and a production budget. Curatorial assistance will be provided through Galerie Wedding, ZK/U and SAVVY Contemporary.


Length of residency

August 1 – October 31, 2016


Application material (in English)

1. application form (

2. curriculum vitae

3. portfolio, publications and/or catalogs as pdfs

4. long description of your plans for the residency / research or project proposal (max. 5000 characters, pdf maximum size of 5mb).

Please keep in mind the following questions: which discourse or field of practice are you referring to, how do you want to realize your work, how do you want to engage with the other fellows during your stay, what do you need or expect from the residency?

Please send the 3 PDF documents (15mb maximum combined) through wetransfer to Additional material can be sent by post to: Goethe-Institut Nigeria, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island, Lagos.

Enquiries can be sent to or addressed directly at Goethe-Institut Nigeria, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island, Lagos


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