Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals

The project Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals is a qualification opportunity offered by the Berlin Career College aiming to integrate fled artists. In addition to an introductory course, five complementary modules provide information and contacts on the following five fields: music, cultural journalism, fine arts, performing arts and film. The format  MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? with representatives of the ZUsammenKUNFT allows first concrete contacts in the respective division. The goals are the networking in the Berlin cultural and creative industries by getting to know the institutions and their employees, the establishment on the Berlin labor market and the strategic positioning in the respective artistic orientation.

The project Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals is planned to start again in July 2018.

Modules of the Artist Training overview

Modules

in practice

The practice offer of the Artist Training entitled in practice is an application-oriented and informal learning format for the fields of Fine Arts, Culture and Media, Performing Arts, and Film. In 48 hours, the participants of the Artist Training can deepen their learning from the modules and become professionalized through the reflection of action strategies for the Berlin art and creative industry in order to be able to implement successful projects independently (exhibitions, theater projects etc.).

Consultations

Within the scope of individual consultations on various overlapping and field-specific topics, the participants of the Artist Training receive individual notes on procedures according to their respective situation. These include: Recording / KSK / Self-Presentation: CV & Profile descriptions / Portfolio / Marketing: Website design / Steps towards self-employment.

MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together?

The MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? is a format promoting the networking of fugitive artists, media creators and creatives with representatives from the Berlin cultural and creative industries at ZUsammenKUNFT, a model project for community life. Industry-specific workshops give the participants of the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals opportunities to engage with Berlin-based artists for future joint projects.

Head MindLab#: Chang Nai Wen


Artist Career Forum

In the context of the project Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals, a forum took place on December 7th 2016, in cooperation with the Allianz Kulturstiftung. It included discussions together with representatives of Berlin’s cultural and creative industry institutions as well as with associations handling activities for fled artists. The guest list was composed of industry representatives from the fields of music, culture and media, performing arts, fine arts and film as well as from transcending institutions and projects. The working group met again on January 26th 2017 in the Academy of Arts and on March 2nd 2017 in the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Künste (nGbK) to resume its work. As Transnational Artist Council (TAC)  the work group regularly meets in various participating institutions to support fugitive artists.

Documentation „Artist Career Forum 2016“

Press

An interview with Creative City Berlin about the project „Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals“
Since 2016 the project “Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals” takes place at the Berlin Career College at the University of the Arts Berlin, funded by the European Union and the Federal Land Berlin. It addresses all refugee artists and persons engaged in the cultural sector and tries to integrate them into the Berliner employment market. In this interview the delegate project-coordinator Ewelina Dobrzalski presents the Artist Training and underlines the importance of such a project.

Creative City Berlin, 15.12.2017

Dramaturg Anna Volkland about the current situation of refugee dancers in Berlin
Anna Volkland – dramaturg and teacher of the module „Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals – Performing Arts” at the Berlin Career College of the Berlin University of Arts – reports on the current situation of refugee dancers in Berlin. Thanks to projects such as the “Artist Training”, the “artists arriving from war and crisis areas in Berlin” or “still arriving” can gain an overview of the contemporary Berlin dance scene and then develop their own productions. How did artists such as the Syrian Medhat Aldabaal, who performed in the production “Come as you are # Berlin” and also brought his own play “Amal” (arabic for hope) on stage for the first time in June 2017, develop their careers in Germany? What role does now play their previous dance education? Anna Volkland explores these and other issues in her essay for the magazine tanzraumberlin.

tanzraumberlin, november/dezember 2017

Performing Arts – Two participants talk about their experience
Deutsche Welle editor Chokri Chebbi meets the team and the participants of the workshop „Performing Arts“ – the second module of the Projekt „Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals“ of the Berlin Career College, which took place from the 25th to the 29th of September 2017. In his interview he portrays the experiences of two of the participants: Rafi Gazani and Shahnaz Saleem.

Deutsche Welle, 30.09.2017

same same but different
The Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals gives fled artists in Germany the means to act independently on the local art market. After all, "professional artists who arrive here do not lose their professionalism. What they lose are their networks, their tools, their language". For the annual Rundgang of the Berlin University of the Arts, participants of the Artist Training took the opportunity to present an exhibition. Central themes of the exhibition were identity, migration and the exploration of the label "Refugee" - as well as the attempt to leave it behind.

Tagesspiegel, 24.07.2017

Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals at the UdK Rundgang
For the first time, participants of the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals at the Berlin Career College of the UdK curated an exhibition during the university's annual open days. In addition to large-format oil paintings, installations and films by participants of the Fine Arts module, there was also a framework programme, which included musical performances as well as practical art experience, for example with the calligrafie workshop.

ABWAB, 22.07.2017

Ankommen auf Deutsch - A pilot project for fugitive artists in Berlin
Mario Münster describes the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals organizer's passionate commitment - despite the bureaucratic effort and the high demand on the part of the fugitives.

Rosegarden, 07.03.2017

Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals MUSIC
From January 9 to 13 2017, the MUSIC module of the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals took place at the Berlin Career College of the University of the Arts. Marlene Küster from SWR2 Cluster: Das Musikmagazin was on site and gave an insight into the developments and objectives of the course and, above all, of the fugitive artists.

SWR2 Cluster: Das Musikmagazin, 17.01.2017

Oud of Damascus
After a year's escape, Nabil Aarbain, Syrian Oud player from Damascus, came to Germany. In this interview with VAN, he talks about the living conditions that forced him to flee Syria, about his way to Berlin, his music and his hope for his country. Nabil Aarbain participated in the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals MUSIC at the Berlin Career College of the University of Arts.

VAN, 11.01.2017

Archive

Please click here for more information about the project and to discover the results of single workshops and other press reports:

To Archive 2016

To Archive 2017

Contact/Team

Patron: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Hentschel

Project Management: Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer

Project Coordination: Dr. Melanie Waldheim / Ewelina Dobrzalski
melanie.waldheim[at]intra.udk-berlin.de / ewelina.dobrzalski[at]intra.udk-berlin.de

Communication: Kathrin Rusch
kathrin.rusch[at]intra.udk-berlin.de

Module-Coordination: Manuela Goschy
refugee-class-ziw[at]intra.udk-berlin.de

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Partners and supporters

The project Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals is promoted with means of the European Union (European Social Fund) and of the Federal Land of Berlin. With the kind support of the Freundeskreis der Universität der Künste Berlin | Karl Hofer Gesellschaft e.V.
In cooperation with the Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.