The Wapping Project is delighted to announce a new home in Berlin which is to be the location for its first residency programme.
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 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.
Application for the fifth residency is now open.
An eight week residency from 17 October 2016 to 11 December 2016.
Applicants must be working full time in their chosen discipline.
Age minimum at the time of application
Deadline for applications for the fifth residency
4 September 2016 midnight GMT
Previous applicants may not reapply within a 12 month period.
The shortlist will be announced by the 18 September 2016.
The awardee will be announced on the 26 September 2016.
"...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
"I began wondering what had taken place within the walls of my temporary residence in Kreuzberg, who and what had occupied its spaces, the memories it had absorbed and how they might reverberate like an internal echo. The condition of the residency, that ‘NO work be produced’ feels counter intuitive to an artist, however this limitation is definitely its greatest strength. Whatever working practices you bring to Berlin, they become subject to the emptiness of the apartment and the agreement not to produce any work. This imposes real but transforming and liberating constraints. The Wapping Project Berlin introduced me to the complexities of a city constantly in states of change and provided me with a unique opportunity to refocus and take in information from unexpected sources."
- Zara Matthews, Autumn 2015
Wendy Houstoun, Choreographer and Performer - Autumn 2016
Maija Mustonen, Choreographer - Summer 2016
Zara Matthews, Painter - Autumn 2015
Dana Sederowsky, Video Performance Artist and Photographer - Summer 2015