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In view of the ever-changing environment and conditions for the cultural sector and with the aim of providing the best-possible support for arts and cultural practitioners, Pro Helvetia will continue to develop its promotional instruments in the year to come. You will find an overview of the open calls for applications, as well as the most important changes to the guidelines, here.

In other formats, applications can be submitted all the year round. Further information can be found in the guidelines of the different artistic disciplines on our website.

 


Art, Science and Technology

Open call for applications

As part of the Connect residencies programme, Pro Helvetia and Arts at CERN invite Swiss artists and artists based in Switzerland to apply for a two-month residency at CERN to conduct artistic research in dialogue with the scientific community and spend one month remotely to define a new artwork with the support of a scientific partner and the Arts at CERN team. The deadline for application is 3 March.

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Design

Open call for applications

By means of work grants, Pro Helvetia supports young Swiss design studios in the realisation of their projects, from the planning stages through to the market launch. Support goes to extraordinary ideas, high quality, sustainable benefits and a high degree of innovation. The deadline for application is 1 March.

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Interactive Media

Open call for applications

Pro Helvetia supports interactive media projects in the three development phases of pre-production, production and post-production. Eligible projects are characterised by outstanding formal and design quality, originality and a high degree of innovation. The call for applications for interactive media work grants is open up to 1 March.

Further information

© «Ninza» by Klakmioch

 


Literature

New support measure

From 2023, literary professionals may apply for research grants. Support can go to literary research projects, in-depth theme-based research, the development of ideas and storyboards, experimental and/or multimedia approaches, or the testing of various forms of literary expression.

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Open calls for applications

Literary creation grants: Up to 1 March, authors or writing collectives from Switzerland may apply for creation grants for projects in their respective language. The grants are aimed at supporting new projects in the fields of fiction, poetry, drama, children’s and youth literature, literary translation, spoken word, comics or illustration.

International promotion: Pro Helvetia supports event-organising institutions in Switzerland and abroad in the international promotion of literature from Switzerland. To be eligible for support, projects must involve several books or literary practitioners and involve cooperation between a Swiss and an international cultural institution.

To the calls for applications in Literature

 


Music

Open call for applications

Up to 1 March, applications for support can be submitted for scenic, performative or installative musical productions. This includes music theatre projects, multimedia work, sound installations or other forms of sound art, as well as musical productions combining other artistic disciplines.

Further information

 


Performing Arts

Open calls for applications

With the new call for applications «COMPASS», Pro Helvetia supports, each year, four emerging companies on their way to becoming internationally established. The companies must already have initial guest performance experience. In collaboration with experienced practitioners and established institutions, international tours can be planned, international connections strengthened and sustainable structures developed. The deadline for application is 1 April.

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Development grants performing arts: Besides production and research, Pro Helvetia also promotes further development. This offer is aimed at experienced, internationally active companies and artists, and gives them the opportunity to reflect, to expand their skills or to reorganise their activities. Applications must be submitted by 1 March.

Promotion of emerging artists: Pro Helvetia supports emerging dance and theatre practitioners who want to take part in network and workshop programmes at European theatres or festivals such as ImPuls Tanz Wien, Centre national de la danse Paris or Impulse Theater Festival.

To the calls for applications in Performing Arts

Illustration © Mirjana Farkas

 


Visual Arts

New support measures

To be able to react in a more targeted and flexible way to the needs of the field, Pro Helvetia’s support for photography will be based on a new strategy from 2023, with three key priorities: optimising the measures for support, reinforcing both national and international networking, and promoting professionalisation among practitioners.

Further information

Pro Helvetia now supports research projects by independent curators from Switzerland. The grants are intended to enable research on topical artistic issues as well as research-related exchange with artists and academics.

Further information

 

Open calls for applications

Up to 1 March, applications can be submitted for research grants, production grants and grants for production including presentation. Eligible to apply are practitioners in the visual arts (including photography and architecture). In addition, art spaces that explicitly include positions for emerging artists in their programme may apply for financial contributions to their annual programme or to individual projects. Here too, the application deadline is 1 March.

To the calls for applications in Visual Arts

Anne Morgenstern, «Indocile et tendre», Centre de la photographie Genève, 2022
© Anne Morgenstern

 


Art+

New support measure and open call for applications

Art+ promotes collaboration projects that include sectors beyond the artistic field. From 2023, Pro Helvetia supports tandems of art practitioners and people from non-artistic disciplines. Institutions and organisations may apply for support for theme-based events at the interface of artistic and non-artistic fields. These two new promotion instruments are available throughout the year. Calls for applications for research and production grants are launched once a year. The current deadline for applications is 1 March.

Further information

In spring 2022, Carolien Niebling received a production grant for her project «Food Design – The Materials» © Carolien Niebling and Lorenz Cugini

 


Critical Reflection

Open call for applications

The call for applications «Expanding Perspectives» is aimed at art and culture practitioners who are willing to try out different forms of exchange and networking in a joint project. The goal is to create new spaces for critical dialogue. Eligible for support are projects with a public impact and collaboration formats with transdisciplinary artistic approaches that contribute to the diversification of debates around art and culture. Application deadline: 1 March 2023.

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Diversity and Equal Opportunities

Open call for applications

At the two-day «Tandem Diversity» workshop (6–7 June 2023), cultural organisations will be introduced to the basics of diversity-oriented organisational development and learn methods that help them develop their own strategies. Interested organisations are invited to attend an online information event on 1 March. Applications for the workshop may be submitted until 3 April.

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Residencies

Open calls for applications

Up to 1 March, artists and cultural practitioners from Switzerland may apply for a residency in 2024 in a region covered by a Pro Helvetia’s liaison office. Furthermore, parents are eligible to apply for additional means to co-finance child-care or travel expenses. Interested applicants are invited to take part in the online information session on Monday, 6 February, 12.30-14.00 (CET). If you would like to attend the session, please register by latest 31 January.

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Venice: The residencies at Palazzo Trevisan Degli Ulivi are aimed at art and cultural practitioners from Switzerland. The goal is to support artistic research dedicated to Venice’s current cultural and social situation, and its urban communities and transformation processes.

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New York: The residencies at the Swiss Institute New York are open to visual arts practitioners from Switzerland and give them a unique opportunity to establish networks and develop artistic projects. The application deadline is 1 March.

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