Participation in Berlin Art Week

Berlin Art Week is the largest collaboration between those involved in contemporary art in Berlin, including museums and other exhibition institutions, art fairs and galleries, private collections, and project spaces. Founded in 2012 with eleven partners, today’s Berlin Art Week unites more than 100 partners across the city. In addition to the established group of regular participants, the circle of partners is expanded each year with new participants selected by juries and additional special formats. A diverse group of participants is created in various selection processes via the respective expert juries. More information on the requirements to participate in Berlin Art Week can be found below.


With BAW Featured, each year a selection of special projects is presented as part of Berlin Art Week. The project organizers are one-time partners, the cooperation is based on a programme contribution for Berlin Art Week. The requirement is that the project begins during the festival week or represents a similar programme contribution. The choice of participants is up to the discretion of the jury.

Information on the conditions of participation in BAW Featured 2024 can be found down below:



Berlin Art Week takes place every year in September and is organised by Kulturprojekte Berlin together with the participating institutions and partners. The aim is to annually present the city’s diverse art scene and jointly focus attention on contemporary art as well as to present a comprehensive programme of contemporary art with exhibition openings, performances, guided tours, and special events to a broad public and professional visitors locally, nationally and internationally. The circle of partners, which has grown since Berlin Art Week was founded in 2012, consists of art and cultural institutions, project spaces and private collections, art fairs, and galleries. Since 2022, an annually changing selection of special projects has been presented in the BAW Featured programme section as part of the festival programme.

Conditions of participation

The prerequisite for participation is a contribution to the contemporary art programme. There are no thematic requirements and no limitation to specific media of contemporary art production. The programme contributions should begin during Berlin Art Week (11-15 SEP 2024) or represent a special programme within the festival week. Openings within the festival week should be free of charge. Programmes with durations that start before the festival week as well as purely commercial formats are excluded from participation.

All project organisers from Berlin’s contemporary art scene are invited to submit a contribution. Independent project groups, project spaces and initiatives, small and large art institutions and other actors in contemporary art are eligible to participate. Individual artists are not eligible to participate. There is no entitlement to participation.

Berlin Art Week does not fund projects. There are no participation fees.


Submission of programme contributions

Short text on the project proposal (approx. 1,000 characters), title and programme data, visual material and participating artists must be submitted digitally via the application form
Application Open Call BAW Featured 2024

Submissions until 31 MAY 2024, midnight
Announcement of the selection via email by end-June

Selection process

An annually appointed Selection Committee decides on who will be included in the festival programme. Applicants will be notified via email of the decision to include them in the festival programme without individual justification. The selected projects are one-time partners, the cooperation relates to the Berlin Art Week programme contribution stated in the application. If the project is accepted, a cooperation agreement will be concluded with Kulturprojekte Berlin and the project will be included in the festival week’s programme as an official partner and integrated into all communication measures of the festival week via all Berlin Art Week channels.

If you have any questions, please contact:
[email protected]

Around 20 Berlin museums and arts institutions of contemporary art—exhibition venues funded by the city or state, art associations, and other art institutions—open their exhibitions and special programmes to mark Berlin Art Week.

Joint Venture Funding Each year, the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe funds a joint venture in the realm of contemporary art to open Berlin Art Week. The project funded needs to be a cooperation of at least two institutions in Berlin and be held during the festival week. More information on institutions qualified to apply can be found here.

Galleries are included in the programme of the festival week by way of the art market partners Positions Berlin Art Fair, VBKI-Preis Berliner Galerien (awarded together with Landesverband Berliner Galerien), and additional gallery collaborations.

Positions Berlin Art Fair Galleries—from Berlin, Germany, and around the world—can apply to participate in Positions Berlin Art Fair until 23 May 2024.  For more information and an application form, send an email to the following address: [email protected] 

VBKI Award Berlin Galleries VBKI-Preis Berliner Galerien awards a 10,000 prize to an upcoming Berlin gallery to support Berlin as an international art centre. The prize is awarded by Verein Berliner Kaufleute und Industrieller (VBKI) together with Landesverband Berliner Galerien (lvbg), supported by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy, and Public Enterprises. Berlin galleries can apply until 1 July 2024: More information can be found here.

Berlin Galleries A selection of Berlin galleries of the Gallery Weekend Berlin are taking part in Berlin Art Week with citywide Gallery Openings and special programmes.

Select Berlin private collections give insights into the emphases of their collection during Berlin Art Week, holding open houses for the public or hosting special presentations and programmes. For more information, send us an email at: [email protected]