ZK/U - Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik

General information

Brief description of organisation

The ZK/U sees itself as a laboratory for inter- and trans-disciplinary activities centered on the phenomenon of ´the city´.

ZK/U promotes international exchange on global issues, in the light of what is happening in one’s own backyard.

The programme is open to a range of contemporary artistic positions that are conceptual, interventionist and contextual. Work at ZK/U is informed by theoretical and practice-based critiques within the fields of urban research, geography, anthropology, urbanism, architecture and the humanities. ZK/U focuses on the processes that come from, and feed into the particular contexts of the fellows’ practices, whether they be locally-defined situations or international discourses.

The ZK/U is particularly interested in initiatives that create spaces for encounter and exchange between citizens from diverse backgrounds; formats that question and reclaim urban infrastructure and public space for the commons; practices that make global complexities graspable in a local context; and projects that imagine forms of local belonging within post-migration societies.

See www.zku-berlin.org/concept

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

3 - 8 Months Residencies for Scholars, Artists and Practitioners at ZK/U, Berlin

The ZK/U residency is a production space where artists, researchers and practitioners can meet and work on individual or collaborative projects and ideas. The programme consists of an active-collaborative format for mutual exchange, weekly Thursday Dinners, where the residents get the opportunity to introduce their practice to a selected audience, and monthly studio visits by professionals from ZK/U’s network. ZK/U’s residents furthermore have the possibility to share their work with a broader public during the OPENHAUS, a monthly open studio format, and by proposing their own public events and projects. Since the ZK/U sees itself as a constantly evolving space, fellows are encouraged to bring their own inputs into the communal life, be it in terms of actions, creating collectives or simply contributing to the maintenance of the space.

The residency space consists of furnished studio-apartments (half of which have private bathrooms) and communal facilities like a large kitchen, a terrace, a library-in-progress and a surrounding public park. For individual fellows, depending on the type of studio-apartment and the length of stay (3-8 months), the residency costs are between €550 and €850 per month. The price covers all utility costs and space usage.

See www.zku-berlin.org/apply

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Transdisciplinary
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 3 and 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 11 and 16

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
Grants available

ZK/U will support the invited residential fellows in their efforts to secure funding through external grants by providing them with an official invitation and identifying relevant funding networks. The official invitation is valid for at least a year, allowing the fellow to find matching funds.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
  • Other

Horizontal exchange with other residents & Engagement in research and project development

Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Musical Instruments
Number of studios

between 11 and 16

Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • German
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Conferences & exchange formats with local practitioners

How to reach

By train

U Birkenstraße (U9)
S Westhafen (S41, S42)

Nearest airport


Link to Google Maps

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Contact information

ZK/U - Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
Siemensstrasse, 27
10551 Berlin


Phone: +49 30 39885840

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