The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia awards creation grants for comics and graphic novels to Swiss creators of comics. The grants are awarded once a year following the recommendation of a jury and amount to 20’000 CHF.
They are aimed at supporting recipients in their work an on emerging project. Eligible for a creation grant are arts practitioners from Switzerland who are regularly present in the comics scene and who have already had a comics’ production or work of a similar scope published in a specialised publication or on digital media.
Alex Baladi, Jared Muralt, Lika Nüssli and Noémie Weber were among the artists who received a comic creation grant in 2020\2021. Below we present voices of the artists and a sneak preview of their work:
Alex Baladi: «I was able to live off the creation grant for several months and realise my second book with it, Saturnine, which will be published on 19 August 2022».
Jared Muralt: «Besides the recognition of my work as a comic author and, more importantly, of the medium itself, Pro Helvetia’s contribution was also a great financial support for me. Moreover, thanks to the collaboration with Pro Helvetia, new international projects opened up for me».
Lika Nüssli: «The creation grant has enabled me to finally realise a project that I have been harbouring for a long time. While working, I developed the courage and freedom to be even more true to my own way of visual storytelling. Working on the book has also brought me closer to myself on a personal level. Through confronting my my roots, i.e. the conversations with my father about his youth as a Verding-child, a healing process emerged for both of us».
Noémie Weber: «Thanks to the creation grant, I was able to fully concentrate on the production of my comic book. Now that it has been completed, the creation grant allows me to work calmly on my next project».
Illuatration: Noémie Weber (c)