Artist in Residence at PIK



Artist in Residence at PIK

Since summer 2011, PIK has been using the building of the former photographic refractor as a studio for visiting artists and a place where scientists and artists can come together.

The building known as Kleiner Fotorefraktor is situated opposite PIK's main building. It contains a bright working area beneath the dome which used to house a telescope especially made for the photography of stars and a small kitchen (formerly the photographic lab). From the late 19th century on, Potsdam astronomers contributed to a - never completed - international star map.

The resident artists are thus brought to the heart of the Albert Einstein science park and integrated into the PIK community. Grant-holders are selected by the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), State capital Potsdam and PIK.

Visiting artists:

Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, USA (2021)

Sheila Hayman, Great Britain (2020)

Mariana S. V. da Silva & Pedro Neves Marques, Portugal (2019)

Chris Jordan, USA (2018)

Sjón, Iceland (2017)

Amy Howden-Chapman, New Zealand (2016)

Oleksandr Burlaka, Ukraine (2015)

Dan Peterman, USA (2015)

studioBASAR, Rumania (2015)

Jay Griffiths, Great Britain (2013)

Philipp Weiß, Austria (2013, non DAAD)

Lars Gustafsson, Sweden (2012)

Nick Laessing, Great Britain/Netherlands (2012)

Steven Pippin, Great Britain (2011)

Peter Weber Switzerland (2011)

Call for Applications: Artist in Residence at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

From February 10, 2020, applications are welcome from international contemporary artists working in a wide range of disciplines including visual art, film, literature, music/sound, curating, design and theory. This year, the residency will take place for a three-month period from September to November 2020. 

Awardees are selected by representatives from the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, the City of Potsdam Department of Culture and Museums and PIK, along with two independent jury members. Artist in residence at PIK are provided with accommodation in the city of Potsdam and studio space at PIK, as well as a monthly stipend in order to offset living expenses and costs for materials and travel. During their residency, guest artists are expected to interact with the scientific community and present their work to the public in Potsdam and Berlin.

Since the scholarship is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and thus by the Federal Foreign Office, artists living in Germany cannot apply for the scholarship.

To apply, please submit the following documents via email only:

(1) Letter of motivation outlining your research interest and what mutual benefits you would like to see
(2) Letter of recommendation (from an institution or person)
(3) Your CV and portfolio

All documents must be in PDF format, 9 MB max file size

Please submit to:

DEADLINE for Applications is March 8 2020, 12:00 am (Berlin, EST)


Margret Boysen, Reinhild Costa


Support for artists at PIK is provided in collaboration between the state capital Potsdam, the Berlin Artists Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and PIK.

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Photo: L. Lindenhan