In the heart of Berlin, a city renowned for its rich tapestry of arts and culture, a crisis is unfolding that could reshape its artistic landscape. The B.L.O. Ateliers, a hub for creativity and innovation, is under threat. This situation not only highlights the precariousness faced by artists in Berlin but also mirrors a disturbing trend across Europe, as revealed by the comprehensive “Creative Pulse” study.

The Precarious State of Artists in Berlin

The B.L.O. Ateliers has been a sanctuary for around 90 artists, offering space for diverse artistic pursuits from painting and sculpture to music and performance art. These artists, integral to the cultural vibrancy of Berlin, now face an uncertain future. The lease disputes with the property owner, Deutsche Bahn, underscore a larger issue: the economic pressures that are squeezing artistic spaces out of existence across the city. This phenomenon, known locally as “Ateliersterben” (studio dying), is a dire trend where artists are displaced due to gentrification and rising rents.

Insights from the Creative Pulse Study

Adding depth to this local crisis, the “Creative Pulse” study, conducted by Culture Action Europe and Panteia, lays bare the broader challenges faced by artists across Europe. The study highlights unstable employment, inadequate income, and a lack of social protections as pervasive issues. Artists frequently juggle multiple jobs and struggle with financial instability, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic’s long-lasting impacts.

#SaveBLO: The Echoing Cry for Action

The unfolding events at the B.L.O. Ateliers and the insights from the Creative Pulse study serve as a rallying cry for the protection of artistic spaces. It’s a call to recognize and support the invaluable contributions of artists to the social, economic, and cultural fabric of our communities. The plight of artists in Berlin and across Europe isn’t just a cry for help—it’s a demand for action and a plea for sustainability in the arts sector.

View the statement of B.L.O. Artist Cornelia Es Said on YouTube »

This urban gem must be preserved #SaveBlo

How You Can Help to #SaveBLO

  • Sign the Petition: Visit to sign the petition advocating for the preservation of the B.L.O. Ateliers. Each signature sends a strong message to decision-makers about the community’s commitment to its artists.
  • Donate: Contributions can directly assist in the efforts to maintain and secure the future of the B.L.O. Ateliers. Visit to make a donation (once there, click on “Spenden” in the menu). Your support can make a real difference in the lives of these artists and the preservation of Berlin’s cultural legacy.

The struggle to save the B.L.O. Ateliers is emblematic of the broader challenges facing artists in Berlin and throughout Europe. It is imperative that we act now to ensure that the artistic heart of Berlin does not vanish under the shadow of economic development. Supporting the B.L.O. Ateliers is not just about saving a studio complex; it’s about preserving the soul of a city renowned for its cultural richness and artistic freedom. Let’s stand together to keep Berlin’s artistic spirit alive and thriving.