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Innovation & Society

PolARTS: Selected Tandems 2022

A total of 13 tandems of artists and researchers applied for participation in the PolARTS programme. Among the applicants, four tandems whose submitted project stood out in terms of quality, originality and prospective synergies were ultimately selected by a transdisciplinary jury in cooperation with the PolARTS initiators Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Polar Institute. The …

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Innovation & Society

Transdisciplinary research and production grants

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 for transdisciplinary research and production projects twice a year. The grants …

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Innovation & Society

Diversity Tandem 2022 – call for applications

With the call for application “Diversity Tandem”, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is offering publicly supported cultural institutions and organisations an opportunity to assess their structures and to introduce a more diversity-oriented approach. The selected institutions and organisations take part in a two-day workshop and benefit from one-on-one advice on how to develop a …

Global Network & International Affairs

Selected Projects: «To-gather»

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has selected 31 projects to support the development and testing of new frameworks and methodologies for working internationally as part of the «To-gather» international collaboration. For the first time, «To-gather» supports 2–3-year collaborations between arts practitioners, cultural organisations and institutions in Switzerland and their counterparts in the regions of …

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Innovation & Society

NanoARTS: Call for proposals

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) are looking for artists and scientists who are interested in collaborating, with the aim of stimulating exchanges between art, science and technology. The NanoARTS programme creates a space for new artistic approaches and explorative research practices by selecting and accompanying up to three …

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Innovation & Society

Call for Applications «Multiply Perspectives»

With its call for applications «Multiply Perspectives», the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia aims to support projects that seek innovative ways of thinking critically about art and culture and about their function in society as part of our thematic focus on «Critical Reflection». Funded projects should stimulate opinion-forming, multiple perspectives and critical discussion on the …

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

Results of «Diversity Tandem and Start Diversity» 2021

Results of «Diversity Tandem» call for applications 2021  In connection with its «Diversity and equality in the cultural sector» programme, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia launched a call for applications under the heading «Diversity Tandem» earlier this year with the aim of giving publicly supported cultural institutions and organisations the opportunity of examining their …

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Innovation & Society

PolARTS: Call for proposals

PolARTS is a joint initiative of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Polar Institute to stimulate the exchange and foster the collaboration between art and science. The PolARTS initiative opens a space for new collaborative and explorative practices and supports the processes of transdisciplinary cooperation. This call for proposals is aimed at …

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The Arts Council

Overview of open calls for applications

The upcoming submission deadline for calls for application in the various disciplines is 1 September. For further information on open calls and forms of promotion Pro Helvetia offers, please visit our webpage: Design Innovation & Society Interactive Media Literature Music Performing Arts Visual Arts

Innovation & Society

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 …

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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 …

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Innovation & Society

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 …

«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: Selected Tandems 2020

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, …

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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 …