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Promotion of aspiring artists Visual Arts

Our promotion of emerging young practitioners is aimed at outstanding artists aged 35 or under who have embarked on a national and/or an international career. Three forms of promotion are on offer in the visual arts domain:

  • Contributions to art spaces in Switzerland, enabling the artists concerned to gain initial experience in the professional exhibition scene;
  • Support for presence at expos to enhance the artists’ international visibility;
  • Support for curatorial research project;
  • Artist-in-Residence programme offering a solid infrastructure, guidance by specialists and support in the forging of new ties.

We thus offer aspiring young artists opportunities to undertake further steps in creative production, in developing their artistic career and in enhancing their national and international presence.

We support curatorial initiatives by self-organised art spaces and small and medium-sized art institutions (in the following referred to as art spaces) on behalf of aspiring artists. The aim is to facilitate the artists’ entry into the art scene and help them gain initial exhibition experience. The art spaces concerned may apply for support from Pro Helvetia either for an annual programme or for individual projects.

Here, you will find all information concerning support for art spaces.

Criteria for Support

This promotional tool has been created for art spaces in support of projects with aspiring artists. Aspiring artists are understood to mean those who are in the first five years of their professional artistic career (either after they have obtained their artistic degree or following the first public presentation of their work). The upper age limit is 35.

Eligible for support are art spaces in Switzerland that fulfill the following criteria:

  • Innovative and independent nature of curatorial approach and/or art outreach programme;
  • High programme quality;
  • Ongoing exhibition activities;
  • Professional track record of at least two years.

Deadlines

Pro Helvetia accepts applications from art spaces exclusively via www.myprohelvetia.ch

The deadlines for applications are 1 March and 1 September each year. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks before the beginning of the first event.

Dossier contents for annual programme

  • Detailed description of the curatorial concept and the planned programme;
  • Annual programmes incl. financing plans for the current and the coming year;
  • Information on the art space: history, focus (general concept, positioning in Switzerland and international, goals);
  • Information, incl. biographies and visual documentation, on the up-and-coming Swiss artists already confirmed at the time of making the application.

Dossier contents for individual projects

  • PProject documentation;
  • Visual artist documentation incl. CV’s of the involved aspiring artists;
  • Information on the art space: history, focus (general concept, positioning in Switzerland and international, goals);
  • Programme for the current and the coming year.

Contributions

The maximum amount of support granted by Pro Helvetia is CHF 5,000 for individual projects and CHF 15,000 (arranged by means of specific agreement) for an annual programme.

Contributions can be made to:

  • Production costs;
  • Transport and insurance costs;
  • Rental costs for equipment;
  • Travel costs of the artists involved.

No support is provided for infrastructure and operational costs.

Further information

Jelena Delic

T +41 44 267 71 16

jdelic@prohelvetia.ch

We support presentations by up-and-coming artists at renowned art fairs in order to boost the artists’ international visibility, enable them to take initial steps into the market and become financially independent.

Here, you will find all information concerning support for presentations at art fairs.

Criteria for Support

This promotional tool has been created for art galleries that are planning to exhibit works by an aspiring artist at an art fair. Support is provided for solo exhibitions and presentations that take up at least 50% of a booth’s volume at the fair. Aspiring artists are understood to mean those who are in the first five years of their professional artistic career (either after they have obtained their artistic degree or following the first public presentation of their work). The upper age limit is 35.

Eligible for support are galleries that fulfill the following criteria:

  • Gallery operation as principal function;
  • Ongoing exhibition activities with regular opening hours on the gallery’s own premises;
  • Intermediary services and trade in contemporary art;
  • Professional track record of at least two years;
  • High programme quality;
  • Art fair booth size of 35m2 at most.

Deadlines

The deadlines for applications are 1 March and 1 September each year. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks before the opening of the art fair.

Pro Helvetia accepts applications from galleries for the support of presentations by aspiring artists at art fairs exclusively via www.myprohelvetia.ch

Galleries can apply for support from Pro Helvetia before applying for participation at the art fair. If Pro Helvetia grants the requested support, it does so under the condition that the gallery provides definitive confirmation of participation at the fair.

Dossier Contents

  • Project description, incl. booth design;
  • Copy of the application form to the fair;
  • Information on the gallery and the art fair, incl. date of event(s) in question;
  • Information on emerging Swiss artists participating, incl. biographies and visual documentation;
  • Budget and financing plan, incl. amount of support requested from Pro Helvetia.

Contributions

The maximum amount of support granted by Pro Helvetia is CHF 10,000.

Contributions can be made to:

  • Booth rental costs;
  • Transport and insurance costs;
  • Rental costs for equipment;
  • Travel costs of the artists involved.

Further Information

Jelena Delic

T +41 44 267 71 16

jdelic@prohelvetia.ch

In collaboration with various partners, we support specialized artist-in-residence programmes, offering young artists mentoring schemes, excellent networks and initial opportunities to show their work.

Currently, residencies are available at the following partners:

Calls for residencies are displayed on our website.

Contact

Jelena Delic

T +41 44 267 71 16

jdelic@prohelvetia.ch

We support curators in the realisation of a curatorial research project  that enables them to position themselves in the national and international art scenes and that focuses predominantly on young Swiss artists. The curators receive a financial contribution towards in-depth research that leads to a public presentation.

Here, you will find all information concerning support for curatorial research projects.

Criteria for Support

This promotional tool is aimed at curators living in Switzerland whose research project largely focuses on aspiring young Swiss artists, i.e. the latter make up a majority of the artists involved in the project. Aspiring young artists are understood to be those who are in the first five years of their professional artistic career (either after they have obtained their artistic degree or following the first public presentation of their work). The upper age limit for support of up-and-coming artists is 35.

Eligible for support are both independent curators and those who plan to conduct their research project at an institution provided the project does not form part of their regular tasks at this institution.

The research project:

  • has been carefully planned and is rigorous and coherent;
  • deals with a topic and/or specific artistic work from a contemporary perspective, taking into account up-to-date knowledge and findings;
  • represents an enrichment of the artistic landscape by its conceptual independence;
  • focuses on aspiring young artists who represent the majority of  the artists involved;
  • is geared towards a public presentation and has a plausible implementation plan.

These requirements supplement the regulations on funding by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

Deadlines

Pro Helvetia accepts only applications submitted via www.myprohelvetia.ch

Applications must be submitted by 1 June and at least eight weeks before the launch of the research project.

Dossier composition

  • CV of curator
  • Detailed project description including time schedule
  • Detailed budget
  • Brief biographies of the artists involved

Contributions

  • CHF 5000 max per project

Further information

Jelena Delic

T +41 44 267 71 16

jdelic@prohelvetia.ch

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