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Curatorial Residency in Berlin

Published January 3, 2012

galerie OPEN by Alexandra Rockelmann is proud to announce its third installment of the Summer Break project, a two month long Curatorial Residency program designed to educate and inspire young art professionals from around the world. Located in Berlin, one of the international contemporary art community’s most dynamic and burgeoning centers for creativity, galerie OPEN provides a stimulating setting in which to learn and grow.

The Summer Break project not only hands over the physical space of galerie OPEN, but also offers technical and creative support to emerging art professionals as they develop and produce their own non-commercial exhibition. Participants of the residency will expand their professional experience, while acquiring the intellectual and practical skills for curating contemporary art exhibitions.

The Summer Break project encourages participants to take full ownership of their work, but also extends a number of helpful resources in order to guide them to success. Residents will gain access to galerie OPEN’s list of contacts, from which they can build a network within the contemporary art community in Berlin. Jury members who reside in Berlin will also serve as direct mentors, providing expert advice and critical feedback as participants engineer their independent exhibition.

As they develop their exhibition, participants will engage with the local art community. The Summer Break project requires that participants recruit strictly Berlin based artists for their exhibition. In addition, galerie OPEN will introduce residents to curators of local museums, foundations and project spaces alike. The invitation only Gala dinner held at the opening of the exhibition will also be an opportunity for participants to give back and make connections in the Berlin contemporary art community as they showcase their completed work.

In its third year, the Summer Break project, which has previously seen young aspiring German art professionals to success, now invites prospective participants worldwide to apply. All costs of the Summer Break project are covered, including airfare and travel, as well as accommodation and food for the duration of the residency. Mailing and newsletter publications related to the curated exhibition, as well as drinks for the opening night and all related events hosted at galerie OPEN will also be sponsored.

Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the following international jury committee (additional members to be announced):

  • Marek Classen, Founder of, Berlin
  • Jeni Fulton, Independent Curator and Art Critic, Berlin
  • Julie Grahame, Editor in Chief,, New York
  • Sandra J. Reed, Professor of Painting, Savannah College of Art & Design
  • Alexandra Rockelmann, Owner / Curator of galerie OPEN, Berlin
  • Monica Salazar, Founding Director of BERLIN ARTLINK
  • Cristina Sanchez Kozyreva, Editor in Chief, Pipeline Magazine, Hong Kong

The Summer Break project runs from the first week in July until the first week in September. The project now welcomes applications from individuals and also collaborative efforts (maximum of two people). The jury selection committee will convene to select a proposal at the end of April 2012. The committee will notify the recipient of the Summer Break project residency no later than the beginning of June 2012.

Download the Summer Break Project 2012 Application!