English, Japanese, Portugese, French, German
4-8 weeks
Paid by host 

rent of studio, Press

Paid by artist 

travel, living and production costs.

Application guidelines 

The call for applications is currently closed. During last call, Opekta asked for e-mail application with:

  • Project proposal and preferred timeframe (4 – 8 weeks)
  • Portfolio (PDF and / or links to internet documentation)
  • Curriculum Vitae (from all applicants)


Look on Opekta's website to apply for residency in 2016...

Opekta Ateliers

Opekta Ateliers

Opketa International


Opketa is a non-profit, artist-run studio with 25 artists working in various disciplines.
Since 2011, its artist-in-residence programme has facilitated direct exchange between regional and international artists, art historians and curators. Through international cultural exchange and regional collaborations Opekta aims to promote, develop and strengthen networks between artists and art disciplines. The artists and art experts who participate in the Opekta artist-in-residence programme reflect the diverse artistic disciplines of both the artists working at OPEKTA and the art scene in Cologne. For further information about the organisation, visit

Opekta is looking for

  • International artists and art experts working professionally in any artistic discipline with the aim of realizing a project in Cologne, Germany (Individual application)
  • Locally-based artists or art organisations planning to develop and present a project in Cologne in collaboration with an international artist or artist group (collaborative application)

Each residency is between four and eight weeks. During this time the visiting artist is asked to present their artistic work or research in the OPEKTA Project Space in the form of an installation, lecture, concert, performance, artist talk etc. By means of their own (social) infrastructure, the OPEKTA artists and collaboration partners connect the visiting artist with local artists, curators and institutions and provide organisational support.


presentation of the resident's artistic work or research in the OPEKTA Project Space in the form of an installation, lecture, concert, performance, artist talk etc.

Accommodation Information 

free accommodation at the OPEKTA STUDIOS (42 m2 live-in studio / shared bathroom)

Studio Information 
well equipped dark room (please inform Opekta in case you intend to use it), Beamer, PA, some light equipment
Technical Information 

- use of the shared kitchen and other communal spaces
- use of the OPEKTA Project Space (150 m2)
- free internet (via Ethernet cable)
- support with networking and work presentation etc.
- professional artistic and technical support


After extensive renovations to the upper floor of a former gelatine factory (Opekta) 14 artist studios and a project space were officially opened in May 2010.

Xantener Str. 99h
50733 Cologne
[email protected]

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