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Visual Arts: Adapted funding measures

Lower visibility of their work, fewer opportunities for encounters and exchange, cancelled or postponed projects – visual arts practitioners are currently faced with huge challenges that call for new forms of support and promotion. To ensure the visibility of artistic and curatorial production in times of restricted mobility, to create possibilities for networking and to …

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 …

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 …

Plat(t)form 2018 Fotomuseum Winterthur (c) Philipp Ottendörfer
Visual Arts

Plat(t)form 2019: Good Prospects

Fotomuseum Winterthur is once again offering 42 young photographers from across Europe an opportunity to present their work both to a wider audience and to art and photography experts. From 25 to 27 January 2019, visitors will be able to engage in dialogue with the exhibiting photographers, to listen to various expert discussions and to …