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Results «Close Distance»

The call for projects under the heading «Close Distance» has now closed after two months and with 591 projects submitted. Pro Helvetia’s aim was to encourage the creation of art formats with an innovative approach to coping with the distance imposed by Covid-19 and its medium and long term impact.   «The overwhelming number of applications shows that …

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The Arts Council

«Close Distance»: Seeking New Cultural Formats

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced our mobility within a very short time, in some cases down to zero. Cultural life in public has ground to a halt. This unprecedented situation is posing great problems for the arts and cultural scene and requires innovative solutions. What creative strategies and alternative formats can be applied when …

YVY (c) Philipp Mueller

Design: Results of the Call for Projects

Pro Helvetia supports young designers and strives to facilitate their market access as part of its focus on «New Models of Collaboration – Culture and Business 2016–2020.» Aimed at Swiss designers, funding is meant to promote conceptual work and distribution, including prototype development and production.» In response to the 5th Call for Projects (in summer …


Design: Results of the Call for Projects

As part of the focus on «New Cooperation Models Culture and Business 2016-2020», Pro Helvetia is promoting the creativity of young designers and facilitating their access to markets. Swiss designers receive backing from concept to prototype development and production through to marketing. For the fourth call for proposals in spring 2019, a total of 77 …

GIFF 2016 © Rebecca Bowring
Design, Interactive Media


As part of Pro Helvetia’s first interactive media initiatives (GameCulture, Mobile), digital creators have expressed a need for support in finding international business partners. Matchmaking, or the art of organising matches based on several criteria designed to identify affinity, is essential to promoting Swiss talent in an extremely competitive market. Since 2016, Pro Helvetia has …

RDM20, Varia Instruments © Michal Schorro

Design Promotion

Supporting creativity and facilitating market access: Pro Helvetia has developed a tailor-made incentive for young Swiss designers as part of its «New collaborative models – Culture and business» focus: from concept to prototype development, from production to marketing. For this third call for design projects, Pro Helvetia received more than 89 applications, of which the …

Lucie (c) Verity

London designjunction 2018

Under the label «Design Switzerland», Pro Helvetia is presenting a selection of seven studios at London designjunction, the flagship event for the design industry, taking place this year at the iconic central hub of the South Bank. The presentation of young Swiss talents on the international scene is part of Pro Helvetia’s new model for …

Florian Hauswirth im Atelier © Pro Helvetia

Designer Florian Hauswirth at his studio

Florian Hauswirth was born in Zurich. After spells in Basel, Lausanne, New York and London he now lives in Biel. For the past ten years, he has been working there in a former factory building. Pro Helvetia paid the industrial designer a visit at his studio. Sometimes he takes a large moulding cutter in hand, …

Diiis Designstudio © Pro Helvetia

Design Duo Diiis at their Studio

Products by the design duo Diiis are playful, plain and adaptable to individual requirements. Pro Helvetia paid the two product designers Susanne Roser and Martina Staub a visit at their studio in Liestal.  Susanne Roser and Martina Staub can be found in their studio by a forest at the edge of Liestal on most days …

Swiss Participation “Body of us” @ London Design Biennale 2018 © Stefan Schmidlin
Visual Arts

London Design Biennale 2018

From 4 to 23 September 2018 the second edition of the London Design Biennale will take place with up to 40 countries, cities and territories, that will exhibit at Somerset House in response to the theme Emotional States. Switzerland will present «Body of us» by curator Rebekka Kiesewetter. The London Design Biennale explores how design relates to …

Schoenstaub, «Athletica» (c) Schoenstaub

Support for design

As part of its «New models of collaboration – Culture and Business»  initiative, Pro Helvetia supports young Swiss design talent, from the ideas stage through to market launch. In response to the second call for projects that took place in spring 2018, the 78 applications submitted covered an extremely broad spectrum, encompassing fashion and furniture …

Rafael Kouto at his studio © Pro Helvetia

Designer Rafael Kouto at his studio

Rafael Kouto transforms old and used goods into something new and unique. By what is known as upcycling, the Swiss fashion designer turns discarded clothes and textiles into customized new items. Pro Helvetia visited him at his studio in Zurich. After returning from an internship in Paris, Rafael Kouto started manufacturing garments in his new …