Neukölln Art Prize (since 2017)
Northern-Neukölln has undergone significant changes in recent years. In this atmosphere, small creative companies, designers, and especially art and other cultural activities have flourished. Yet these developments have also resulted in other challenges.
The district of Neukölln has acquired funding for its Bildung, Wirtschaft, Arbeit im Quartier (education, business and work in the neighbourhood) programme from the European Social fund to adjust to these changes and assure that developments in the area are positive ones. The Unternehmen Neukölln (Neukölln business) project endeavours to intensify the role that local businesses play in cultural activities, creative industries and fashion to take advantage of the potential inherent in the area. Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e. V. is one of five initiatives strengthening culturally-related businesses in northern Neukölln between September 2015 – December 2018.
In addition to the stabilisation and consolidation of 48 Stunden Neukölln as an important factor in Neukölln's cultural landscape, initiatives are also underway to encourage smaller and middle-sized projects to create synergies in Neukölln as a centre of cultural activity in which artists, studios and art venues can work together to make projects in the district visible.
Neuköllner Produktion presents aspects of the diversity and high standard of artistic production in what is presently a hub of creativity in Berlin. And since most of this work is done out of sight, in artists' studios, a weekend devoted to making it visible first took place January 14 – 15,,2017.
The quality and quantity of artistic production in Neukölln is, when compared to other places, considerable. The district council department of cultural affair supports this abundance of artistic professionalism through initiatives like the newly established Neuköllner Kunstpreis. 180 artists applied for the award the first time around: they all had to have a studio within the limits of the district. Ten of those who applied were selected by the jury, which consisted of 7 people in the art world to participate in the exhibition of nominated works, in the running for the € 5000 prize. Cathérine Kuebel curated the nominees' show at the Galerie im Saalbau. The winner of the Neukölln Art Prize was announced on January 13, 2017.
Support for the competition, including financial backing, g was provided by the STADT UND LAND housing society and BIWAQ-Projekt Unternehmen Neukölln.