Our Offices & Partners Abroad

Visual Arts

Art at Hirschengraben

On 3 November 2021, a special cultural event is taking place at Pro Helvetia’s Head Office in Zurich: the inauguration of eight works of art created by Swiss artists specifically for this building and its outside spaces. On the opening day, visitors are invited to take part in guided tours as an introduction to the …

«To-gather» International Collaboration © Irene Schoch
Global Network

«To-gather»: Call for Applications

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ripple across the international art sector, limiting mobility and opportunities for international collaboration as well as revealing the very precarious realities of many arts practitioners, cultural organisations and institutions. The pandemic has also brought into stark relief the prevailing structural inequalities that continue to shape much of …

La femme à la mangue II, 2019 Tahiti © Namsa Leuba
Visual Arts

Summer of photography in Arles

The international photography festival «Les Rencontres d’Arles» opens in the week from 5 to 10 July 2021, during which photographers, editors, curators and other professionals in the field meet up in Arles to put their work on display, exchange ideas and make new discoveries. Switzerland is represented by Sabine Weiss, Namsa Leuba and Karlheinz Weinberger. …

© Bonbon Zürich
Visual Arts

Cahiers d’Artistes 2021

The latest Collection Cahiers d’Artistes series is now available. With each Cahiers d’Artistes series, Pro Helvetia enables eight artists to have an initial monograph published to their name. A new series is issued every two years. The creative production of the artists selected this year is particularly diverse in terms of both content and form. …

Illustration "Apply now" © Pro Helvetia
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

Illustration © Nando von Arb
Literature, Visual Arts

Comics creation grants 2021

In connection with a two-year pilot project (2020/2021), Pro Helvetia is again awarding creation grants for Swiss creators of comics this year. The awarded sum of CHF 20,000 per grant is intended to ensure the realisation of selected projects in the comics field. Eligible for a creation grant are arts practitioners from Switzerland who are …

Comic Illustration © Anna Sommer

Creation grants for 10 creators of comics

As a pilot project, Pro Helvetia is – for the first time – awarding creation grants to Swiss creators of comics in 2020 and 2021. The first call for projects closed in December and proved highly successful. 61 projects were submitted, 24 from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, 35 from the French-speaking part and 2 …

© Maria Rehli
Visual Arts

Call for Applications «Architecture Matters»

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia supports a wide variety of architectural projects in Switzerland and abroad, such as exhibitions and publications. It is also responsible for organising Swiss contributions to Venice Architecture Biennale. Since the 2020 Biennale has been postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Pro Helvetia is now launching a …

© It's Raining Elephants
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 …

© 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 …

«Swiss Photobook Today» © The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography
Visual Arts

Swiss photobooks in Moscow

The Moscow Photobook Festival is a platform for contemporary international photography and a gala for photobooks. Switzerland, too, was represented in Russia this year with an exhibition entitled «Swiss Photobook Today: from the Amazon to the Vienna Ball». This year’s Moscow Photobook Festival ran from 20 April to 3 June. One of the main subjects …

Visual Arts

Living Room — Focus on the artists

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia presents «Living Room», a temporary space conceived as an open platform for discussion and encounters during the Art Basel week. A comprehensive programme of conversations, performances and networking events with national and international guests will be organised as part of this year’s thematic focus on the artists. Furthermore, the …