Case studies, reports and writing by artists on residency in Berlin, supported by Artquest.
On the Ground in Berlin collates articles written by artists awarded the annual Artquest / ACAVA <3 Months in Berlin> Residency. They provide personal insights on practicing as an artist in Berlin. For more information about the residency visit the <3 Months in Berlin> page on the Artquest website. These articles are arranged according to artist and the year that the articles were written.
Jacqueline Brown (2008)
Jacqueline's first article describes her familiarising herself with the different districts in Berlin during the art fair season and discovering local artist hang-outs. Her A-Z guide is an idosyncratic introduction to the city's notable landmarks, features and qualities.
Michelle Deignan (2009)
Born in Dublin in 1970, Deignan has been living in London since 1998. Her video, digital and photographic works have been exhibited in various national and international exhibitions, screenings and festivals including: 'New Work UK - Trust Yourself', Whitechapel Gallery, London; 'Europart - New Contemporary Art from Europe', Vienna; 'transmediale.08', House of Cultures, Berlin; 'Sunday Screening', Milton Keynes Gallery, UK; 'Film Programme 1', Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; 'Black Box Programme' at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
Michelle Deignan considered practical issues for artists and included an introduction to finding and procuring studios in Berlin, an article on considerations for artists renting or buying equipment or services in the city and a guide to residencies in Berlin.
Sam Dowd (2010)
Artist Samuel Dowd was selected for the 2009 <<3 Months in Berlin>> Residency. Samuel Dowd's films, sculpture and collage are depictions of artists in the pursuit of the earthly paradise and ideal ways of living. Drawing on archive documents of historical cultural movements, forms, figures and ‘communities', he constructs fictional spaces in 2 and 3 dimensions that gently unravel the language of ideal environments.
Sam's first despatch from the residency gives an artists guide to basic orientation in the city including transport and getting around as well as pointers on learning German. His second submission highlights sources of research for practitioners including libraries, cinemas and archives of interest. Sam's final article is a guide to winter in the city and its gallery circuit.
David Raymond Conroy (2011)
David Raymond Conroy (b. 1978) completed his MA at the Royal College of Art, London in 2007. Recent exhibitions include They Do Things Differently There, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; Ueli Alder, David Raymond Conroy, Lilly Mcelroy, Cecile Weibel, Dienstgebäude, Zurich; Late Night Radio, Tate Britain, London and solo shows at Schnittraum//Lutz Becker, Cologne; Atelier Espace Delrue, Nantes and Seventeen, London. Conroy lives and works in London.
In his first communique David covered some very nuts and bolts issues for those living in Berlin, from shopping to public transport to charity shops. His next two articles provide an alternative gallery guide for galleries and project spaces a bit more off the beaten track.