A joint project of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation),
the ZK/U – Center for Arts and Urbanistics in Berlin and the Triangle Network.

Hosted by ZK/U Berlin.

Apply until: 24.10.2021


As part of the programme TURN2 – Artistic Co-Creation between Germany and African Countries, the Federal Cultural Foundation launched the TURN2 Residencies – Curatorial Research Residencies in Berlin, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg in April 2021.

In September 2021, the open call for emerging curators based in the African continent coming to ZK/U Berlin goes into the second round. For curators based in Germany, there will be no second open call.

This call invites emerging curators in the contemporary visual arts or with a cross-disciplinary approach and cultural practitioners with a curatorial interest based in the African continent, to undertake a funded 3-month residency at ZK/U Berlin. The residencies will take place between April 2022 and December 2022 (exact dates to be finalised in consultation between the host and each selected candidate).

In the first round of the open call in April 2021, an expert jury selected six emerging curators from the African continent to conduct research at ZK/U Berlin between September 2021 and March 2022. Simultaneously, nine emerging curators from Germany were selected to conduct curatorial research in Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg.

Read more information on the selected candidates here ►

The TURN2 Residencies promote the initiation of curatorial partnerships and transcontinental networks between emerging curators and established art and cultural institutions as well as the exchange between the respective art scenes. The TURN2 Residencies are a joint project of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), the ZK/U Berlin and the Triangle Network, and are carried out in collaboration with the Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI), the G.A.S. Foundation in Lagos and the Bag Factory in Johannesburg. ►


The ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin is a place of art production, an artists’ and researchers’ residence and an experimental programme platform that combines local creation with global discourses. ZK/U Berlin investigates existing forms of knowledge and practices in urban spaces as a springboard for the self-determination of the individual and the community. Also, it hosts a multidisciplinary residency programme, offering a living and working space for practitioners of all kinds (artists, researchers, curators, activists, professionals of various fields) whose approach explores the dynamics and experiences of the city. The common theme and interests that link the work of ZK/U residents allow mutual learning, spontaneous collaborations and exchanges to emerge, enriched by the diversity of disciplines and profiles of the residents. During their stay, residents are encouraged to involve themselves with ZK/U’s cultural programme and to propose their own formats. Applicants are invited to engage with the conceptual discourses of ZK/U Berlin in their research proposal, however, this is not a requirement as the TURN2 Residencies are open to all areas of interest.


The aim of the residency programme is to widen the professional network and research opportunities for curators and cultural producers based in the African continent, providing them with access to the visual cultural scene in Germany and facilitating sustainable exchanges. Furthermore, residents are also explicitly encouraged to visit and network with cultural institutions throughout Germany. The TURN2 Residencies are research-driven and open to all areas of interest. They don’t require a formal outcome or final project, however participants are required to share their experiences or work-in-progress through discursive activities or events, developed in conversation between the hosts and other project partners.

The residency comprises:

  • A studio at the ZK/U Berlin for living and working with access to communal spaces (kitchen, terrace, library) for 3 months
  • Residency programme: Participation in weekly dinners, monthly studio visits and open studio events (OPENHAUS) and the possibility to be part of ZK/U’s public events
  • Mentoring programme: Every selected candidate will be supported by a mentor who facilitates contacts to relevant cultural institutions and actors and accompanies the research development during the residency
  • Promotion of the fellows’ work online and locally
  • Networking opportunities all-over Germany to provide the candidate with an overview of the national and local art scene and to help facilitate their research during the residency (includes travelling to art institutions in Germany)
  • Covering of travel expenses and limited budget for research material and networking travels to art institutions in Germany
  • A monthly scholarship (1.500 Euro)
  • Public presentation of one’s work in progress or research at ZK/U and other German art institutions

The selected curator/cultural practitioner is expected to be driven, self-sufficient and use their initiative to ensure a successful residency.


The residency is open to emerging contemporary visual art curators with a cross-disciplinary approach and cultural practitioners with a curatorial interest based in the African continent. The selected curator/cultural practitioner should be able to engage discursively and speculatively with ZK/U’s environment in Berlin and Germany’s wider artistic and cultural contexts. With this in mind, applicants should submit a project proposal with their application, outlining their specific research interests and intentions for the residency. Applicants should have at least a moderate level of spoken English, and should feel comfortable engaging in (public) artistic discussions in English. It is important that all applicants research ZK/U Berlin thoroughly before submitting their application so as to be fully aware of the context which they would, if successful, be entering. Six candidates will be selected by a jury that will meet in November 2021. Successful candidates will be notified in December.

Deadline: 24/10/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: Europe/Amsterdam)

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Exhibition Opportunity, Opportunities
Apply until 31/10/2021