The Wapping Project is delighted to announce a new home in Berlin which is to be the location for its first residency programme.

What is The Wapping Project?


The Wapping Project is the creation of the Womens Playhouse Trust (WPT), which was set up in 1981. The WPT is a UK Charity (286384) and has 501 (C) (3) status in the USA.

Throughout the 80s and the early 90s WPT’s artistic policy was defined by the playwrights it commissioned, produced and published, predominantly at the Royal Court Theatre, London. In 1993 it began to mount work in one of London’s most beautiful, derelict buildings in the East End, the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station; it is at this point that it became known as The Wapping Project, and established a world wide reputation. It was always described by its founder and director, Jules Wright, as an idea consistently in transition.

There is no such thing as prescription when it comes to the time in Wapping, there were no criteria to fill or boxes to tick but rather ideas were the currency and anything, trite as it sounds, was possible. The Wapping Project is less about categories and conventions and more about the spirit and verve that takes hold when one is in the throes of making work. Speculative stories and fuzzy memories all help comprise the myth that is Wapping, that magic that no-one can quite put their finger on. There is a superb archive of design work and photography which speaks for itself and expressed in a magnificent book in three beautiful volumes that Imogen Eveson wrote and designed to celebrate the end of THE WAPPING PROJECT in the power station on the 23 December 2013. The company retains the Station Master’s House and it is let at low rent to an artist, so we hold on to a little slice of history, just as we have held on to published texts, and short films, thousands of images and a formidable warehouse of boxes and files.

With THE WAPPING PROJECT-BERLIN we will create something that, like the twenty years at the power station, feels freewheeling, surprising and unbridled but yet has a strong, directional undercurrent running throughout.

We all at some point, no matter how successful, ask ourselves, what next? What am I doing? How do I get through this block?

If THE WAPPING PROJECT – BERLIN is to succeed, it is going to allow people at such points in their careers to take time out and unashamedly ask these questions.

The Programme


The aim of the residency is to provide a period of rest, recreation and reflection for artists and practitioners in mid-career. It is a condition of the residency that NO work is produced during the ten week period of the programme.

The residency provides free accommodation in a classic Berlin apartment in an Alt Bau, early 20th century building. It is a private space in an urban environment. It is located in Kreuzberg in East Berlin on Katzbachstrasse, overlooking Victoria Park. Kreuzberg is known for its concentration of artists, galleries and performance spaces; it is not yet over gentrified. It is possible for the successful applicant to be accompanied by a partner and up to two children, if the children are able to share one bedroom.

Living costs and travel are NOT included in the award and applicants should ensure that they’re able to support themselves adequately during the ten week period.

Following the initial residency in 2015, there will be four residencies per year, each of ten weeks duration.

Who can apply?

Application for the third residency is now open.

An eight week residency from 13 June 2016 to 7 August 2016.

The third round is open to artists from the following disciplines:

Applicants must be working full time in their chosen discipline.

Age minimum at the time of application
33 years

Deadline for applications for the third residency
17 April 2016 midnight GMT

Administration cost
30.00 GBP

Previous applicants may not reapply within a 12 month period.

A short list of 14 for the THIRD RESIDENCY will be achieved by the 2 MAY 2016. The short list will be notified and also announced on the website and further material will be requested, where necessary, and need to be delivered by the 9 MAY 2016.

The Award will be decided on the 17 May 2016 and the winner advised the following day.

Award & History

Third Residency – Summer 2016

The Wapping Project - Berlin is delighted to announce that its third residency has been awarded to:

Maija Mustonen - Choreographer

Third Residency Shortlist

Wendy Houstoun - Movement and Language
Maija Mustonen - Dance and Performance Art
Johanna Lecklin - Fine Art
Maria Jose Argenzio - Fine Art
Yang Yi Shiang - Fine Art

Previous Winners

"...Sitting here surrounded by white walls, tucked in safely. Sitting inside the blank sheet of paper in a home quite the opposite of mine - a crowded one bedroom. Feeling totally relaxed, filled to equal measure with energy and tranquility and hopeful about my artistic future... Starting new work in the Autumn and not fearing that ideas will simply dry up." - Dana Sederowsky (Summer 2015 resident artist)

Zara Matthews
Autumn 2015

Dana Sederowsky
Summer 2015

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