Our Offices Abroad

Residencies – Funding and Support

Egypt, India, China, South Africa: these are the countries where Pro Helvetia maintains liaison offices. In collaboration with the latter, we support residencies for Swiss artists in these countries. At the same time, Pro Helvetia facilitates residencies in Switzerland for artists and cultural practitioners from the above-mentioned regions. We offer two kinds of residencies: Three months’ studio residencies and research residencies. Applications for studio residencies can be submitted once a year, from November until March. Research residencies are limited to four weeks; applications can be submitted at any time. Artists and cultural practitioners (e.g. curators, event organisers, mediators) in the areas of the visual arts, design and interactive media, music, literature, theatre and dance are eligible to apply.

Studio Residencies

A studio residency (3 months) in India, China, Southern Africa or, conversely, in Switzerland gives artists the chance to gain a broad insight into a different cultural environment. The aim of the residency is to find inspiration, establish networks and contemplate new projects and cooperations. In addition to a place to work and accommodation, Pro Helvetia will provide specific coaching. The Swiss Arts Council covers the costs of travel, insurance and per diem expenses. Applicants may apply three times in total for a Pro Helvetia studio residency.

Selection criteria
  • convincing track record: personal artistic activity above and beyond regional level
  • context-related motivation
  • adequate foreign language skill

Research Residencies

A research residency (max. 4 weeks) enables artists and cultural practitioners (e.g. curators, event organisers, mediators) to carry out research in an Arab Country, India, China, Southern Africa or, conversely, in Switzerland. The aim of the residency is to prepare an exchange project. Pro Helvetia supports the compilation of the visiting programme. The Swiss Arts Council covers the costs of travel, accommodation, insurance and per diem expenses.

Selection criteria
  • convincing track record: personal artistic activity above and beyond regional level
  • context-related motivation
  • adequate foreign language skills
  • specific cultural exchange project with sustainable impact and international resonance, that meet the general criteria of Pro Helvetia.
Applications

Applications must be written in English and can be submitted via www.myprohelvetia.ch at any time up to three months before the start of the trip. Further information on www.prohelvetia.ch and on the websites of the liaison offices.

Status: May 2016

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