BPA// Berlin program for artists
BPA// Berlin program for artists is an independent mentoring program that facilitates exchange between emerging and established Berlin-based artists. Founded in 2016 by Angela Bulloch, Simon Denny and Willem de Rooij, BPA// organizes reciprocal studio visits, public lectures and joint exhibitions.
BPA// accompanies twenty emerging artists for a period of two years. Each year ten new participations get selected by a jury consisting of Berlin artists and other experts. Core mentors include Saâdane Afif, Yalda Afsah, Monika Baer, Mariana Castillo Deball, Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, Bouchra Khalili, Thomas Locher, Olaf Nicolai, and Wolfgang Tillmans. They are joined each year by a team of changing guest mentors. In addition, BPA// organizes its own exhibition space in Berlin-Mitte: the BPA// Room. Further activities are concentrated in the studios of the artists involved with the program.
Since 2020 KW partners with BPA// and has a new structural format since 2022. KW annually organizes the BPA// Exhibition which takes place within the framework of this partnership. A group exhibition that presents the works created during the BPA// program by the participating artists.
BPA participants present new work at KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
The BPA// Talks format was created as part of the collaboration between KW and BPA//. KW hosted the public lecture series BPA// Talks in spring 2020 and summer 2021. Each day four BPA// participants presented their work to a broad audience. At the end of each day, BPA// mentors formulated their thoughts on alternative structures for artistic exchange. The format was flexible and ranged from presentations of the artists’ work to lecture-performances.