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Art on the roof: FFO Artist in Residence Programme

17.07.2015 - Article

The FFO Artist in Residence Programme offers selected artists the chance to work in a unique location for three months – on the roof of the Federal Foreign Office.

Berlin is well on its way to becoming a global art scene and a hub for joint cross-border productions. The Federal Foreign Office is supporting this development together with the galleries of Berlin: the FFO Artist in Residence Programme offers selected artists the chance to work in a unique location for three months – on the roof of the Federal Foreign Office.

Art and culture can no longer be viewed in purely national terms in today’s globalised world, the artificial division between domestic and international has faded away in the sphere of art. Germany has become a country of immigration, open to the world and increasingly cutting edge. That is why, with the Federal Foreign Office as lead ministry, Cultural Relations Policy seaks to connect cultures through joint cross-border productions of knowledge and art, fostering dialogue and understanding.

The Berlin art scene as an advert to the world

At the same time, with its hundreds of galleries and events – such as the Gallery Weekend or Berlin Art Autumn – Berlin now counts as one of the world’s most happening art and cultural cities. That is valuable capital for Germany’s image abroad.

The roof of the Federal Foreign Office in the heart of Berlin
The roof of the Federal Foreign Office in the heart of Berlin© Photothek

In order to link joint cultural productions with Berlin’s status, the Federal Foreign Office has now become the first federal ministry to set up an in-house residence programme together with the Gallery Association of Berlin: the FFO Artist in Residence Programme.

This gives selected artists the chance, with a grant, to work in a very special place: in the International Club studio on the roof of the Federal Foreign Office. This opportunity is offered to three artists a year, for three months each; the participants must either be foreign artists living in Germany or German artists whose work is very internationally-oriented.

Airy studio in the heart of the capital

The work they produce will subsequently go on show in the Federal Foreign Office as well as in one of the capital’s galleries via the Gallery Association of Berlin, enabling the art to be enjoyed by an international audience and the city alike.

Trak Wendisch’s sculpture of tightrope walkers is one of the most famous artworks in the Federal Foreign Office
Trak Wendisch’s sculpture of tightrope walkers is one of the most famous artworks in the Federal Foreign Office© Photothek

Following two successful pilot projects – Michael Ramsauer in 2009 and Detlef Waschkau since September 2014 – the FFO Artist in Residence Programme is set to become a permanent project run in collaboration with the Gallery Association of Berlin.

Detlef Waschkau will put his works on display at the Federal Foreign Office on 7 September at 7 p.m. By then, the jury will select the first artist to officially open the FFO Artists in Residence Programme in the spring of 2016.

For more information please contact the Gallery Association of Berlin directly: lvbg@berliner-galerien.de

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