Takt Berlin I Leipzig - Artist Residency/ Academy/Gallery

General information

Brief description of organisation

Artist Residency I Academy I Gallery

TAKT is a independent arts organisation and a creative hub for artists who are new to Berlin (and Leipzig).With the aim of fostering their creative energies, we introduce international artists to our vibrant and exciting city and promote international artistic exchange.
TAKT welcomes open-minded international artists and thinkers! Our program focuses on community building through artist talks, critiques, and studio visits that immerse our residents in Berlins art scene. We invite applicants with clear concepts of high quality studio projects to apply for our residency program.
TAKT has created three programmes:
- Academy Programme (open to the public, free talks/ workshops with fee)
- Gallery Programme (with TAKT A.I.R. Group Shows and selected alumni and other)
- RESIDENCY Programme (only for participants)

TAKT Academy Programme - join us!
We organize
- weekly artist and curators talks, performances, readings and workshops, lectures and art-related events
- Mentoring programme and soon we will add more language exchange...etc.

TAPIR Gallery Programme- visit us!
at http://www.tapir-berlin.de/, Neue Hochstrasse 8, Berlin- Wedding
- monthly changing ART shows
- curated TAKT Residency Group Shows every three months

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

TAKT RESIDENCY PROGRAM - work with us! (1month to 3 months)

Download our Information Pack:

New start 4 times a year (Jan/April/July/Oct) and it includes:
- monthly begin: we welcome our newbies, casual meeting in one of the neighborhood bars
- weekly meetings/ group critiques with the TAKT curator
- weekly meetings with Berlin based artists in their studios
- guided gallery (and/or) other tours in town with insiders
- weekly life drawing classes
- German language classes
- participation of the free public events of the TAKT Academy incl. the possibility of holding a public talk
- participation for ALL residents in a curated TAKT A.I.R. Group exhibition festival at TAPIR Gallery
- incl. a printed poster with all participants, TAKT newsletter
- permanent personalized link on our website, Social Media presence and FB Group, links etc.
- monthly final come together in the neighborhood to give a warm goodbye for those leaving
We offer a network of information and help to all residents, we are there, visible and joyful. The program is structured but as loose as you need it to follow your own creative path, to pursue your own work and explore ideas independently.

*additional offer: one-by-one mentoring by TAKT mentors PLEASE NOTE: This offer is not included in the program fee

Exclusively for the participants in the program we offer our OKAPI Studios (situated in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, walking distance from the TAPIR gallery).

-studios for painters, studio for artists not working with liquids
-shared housing or not shared apartments

option 1,
- program and stay at Takt´s OKAPI Studios monthly fee 1250- 1800€ (This offer includes the program fee already).
option 2,
- program only (and stay elsewhere) monthly fee 600€

PLEASE NOTE:We don´t select artists who apply for just the OKAPI studios as we put special emphasis on the community building part of your residency experience!

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Design, curatorial residency
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 11 and 16

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners

The writer´s residency apartment is also a possibility for artists traveling with their children.

Grants available

We offer Takt alumni to work at Takt again for one month. Grant awardees: 2014: Yujin Lee 2015: Harold Hollingsworth ‎Erika Boudreau-Barbee Olivia Bishop Philip Frank Salma Saadi Caroline Gower Solomiya Moroz 2016: Concetta Abate 2017: Farid Adalbaki Rosaana Velasco Madeline Crowley

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food

All costs must be covered by the artists. Once a studio is booked we are happy to write letters of invitation for those applying for funding.

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
  • Other

Artists are invited to present their work to the Takt team and other residents at the start of their stay, take part in group crits and participate in a quarterly residency exhibition at the end of their stay. Artists are expected to keep their studio spaces and the communal areas clean and tidy and respect their fellow residents and neighbours by keeping noise to a minimum. The residency is a non-smoking environment.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure


Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
Number of studios

between 11 and 16

Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • German
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

Takt´s OKAPI studios -
are close to Schoenhauser Allee station.

TAPIR Gallery -
close to Wedding station and Humboldthain station for S-Bahn
and Schwarzkopfstrasse for U-Bahn

By plane

Our residency locations in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg are easily reached from both Tegel and Schönefeld airports.

By car

Takt´s OKAPI studios -
are located in Prenzlauer Berg are easily reached by car and taxi.

TAPIR Gallery -
a five minutes drive from there by car,
walking distance trough the beautiful park Humboldthain

Nearest airport

Tegel and Schönefeld Airports are equally close.