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Connect: at the intersection of art and science

For 2021-2024, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Arts at CERN are launching «Connect», a residency and cultural exchange programme for artists and cultural practitioners at the intersection of science and artistic research. As part of Pro Helvetia’s focus on «Art, Science and Technology» «Connect» supports networking and collaboration models combining these three fields of …

14.04.2021
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Innovation & Society

New support instrument for transdisciplinary projects

Artists and cultural practitioners should have the opportunity to respond to current social transformations, even beyond disciplinary funding, to actively shape the associated developments and to engage with disciplines outside the arts in their artistic practice. As of 2021, Pro Helvetia is awarding grants twice a year to arts and cultural practitioners for transdisciplinary research …

27.01.2021
Photography and montage: Nadia Lanfranchi & Nina Oppliger
Innovation & Society

Call for applications for «Start Diversity» workshop

As of 2021, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is offering a starter workshop on the subject of «diversity processes at cultural organisations». Cultural institutions and organisations will be learning from recognised diversity experts how to enhance diversity and equality in their organisational and operational structures. In the wake of the «Start Diversity» workshop, participants …

Photography and montage: Nadia Lanfranchi & Nina Oppliger
Innovation & Society

Call for applications for «Diversity Tandem»

With «Diversity Tandem», the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is offering publicly supported cultural institutions and organisations the possibility of examining their structures and support in enhancing their diversity. The cultural institutions and organisations selected will receive guidance from diversity experts of their choice, will obtain resources, competencies and methods for enhancing diversity and equality …

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Innovation & Society

«Intercultural Tandem»: the projects 2019-2020

In connection with its «Intercultural Society» initiative, Pro Helvetia launched a call for projects relating to intercultural opening at cultural institutions under the heading «Intercultural Tandem». In a last round of jury decisions, 7 projects were chosen for support.  The aim of «Intercultural Tandem » is to foster tandems consisting of cultural institutions on the one hand …

11.06.2020
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The Arts Council

«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 …

09.06.2020
«Snow Sampling on a first field trip of Sabine Harbeke, Margrit Schwikowski and scientists of the Paul Scherrer institute on Jungfraujochfirn 21 & 22 January 2020» © Sabine Harbeke
Innovation & Society

PolARTS: a first selection of tandems

A total of 15 tandems made up of renowned artists and researchers applied for participation in the PolARTS pilot project. On the arts side, applicants included representatives of all disciplines supported by Pro Helvetia. Some of the tandem partners got to know each other at a specific matchmaking event in December 2019. Among the applicants, …

30.04.2020
© Mirjana Farkas
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 …

07.04.2020
Tandem Interkultur
Innovation & Society

Intercultural Tandem

In connection with its «Intercultural Society» initiative, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is seeking projects relating to intercultural opening. Support is given to publicly funded cultural institutions and organisations from all artistic and cultural sectors who wish to launch strategic projects in tandem with experts of their choice. This will enable these cultural institutions …

28.11.2019
Innovation & Society

PolARTS: Arts Meet Polar Science

In a complex world in which arts, science and technology are interlinked and multidisciplinary processes are becoming increasingly important in the face of global and societal issues, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Polar Institute have jointly launched a pilot project named PolARTS. For Pro Helvetia, this represents a first step in …

31.10.2019
Manual «Cultural Participation»
Innovation & Society

Cultural Participation

The «Nationaler Kulturdialog», a Swiss cultural policy forum, has issued a manual with various contributions on the subject of cultural participation. Pro Helvetia as a member of the forum provided one of them, entitled «Häuser und Förderung öffnen. Interkultur im Schweizer Kulturbetrieb» (opening up institutions and promotional opportunities – interculturality in the Swiss cultural scene) …

23.07.2019
Tandem Interkultur Ausschnitt
Innovation & Society

«Intercultural Tandem»: the selected projects 2018

In connection with its «Intercultural Society» initiative, Pro Helvetia launched a call for projects relating to intercultural opening at cultural institutions under the heading «Intercultural Tandem». In a first round of jury decisions, 7 projects were chosen for support. The aim of «Intercultural Tandem » is to foster tandems consisting of cultural institutions on the …

11.07.2019