Visual arts

Emerging artists: annual programme art space

Target group
Institution in Switzerland
Submission deadline
1 September


Presentation of the work of emerging artists from Switzerland in art spaces (incl. digital platforms)

For Whom

Art spaces in Switzerland

Selection Criteria

  • Majority of the annual programme devoted to emerging artists from Switzerland. Our criteria stipulate that emerging artists are those in the first five years of their artistic career. This is determined by the date of completion of their artistic training or, in the absence of a formal degree, by the date of the first public presentation of their work
  • High-quality programme and independent development of the curatorial approach and art mediation programme
  • Continuous exhibition activities and regular opening hours
  • Art space to have cross-regional appeal
  • Appropriate fee for the artists

In addition to these specific criteria, the apply.

Financial Contribution

Maximum grant CHF 15,000 for the annual programme. An additional CHF 5,000 can be granted for projects that promote intergenerational or international exchange.

  • Production costs
  • Transport and insurance costs
  • Equipment hire
  • Travel costs of artists, photographers and architects
  • Fees for the artists, photographers and architects, as well as the curator(s)

Content Of Application

  • Detailed description of the curatorial concept and planned programme (incl. visual documentation)
  • Detailed description of the project promoting intergenerational/international exchange (if planned)
  • List of the participating emerging artists from Switzerland (incl. CV with information on the year of birth, dates of obtained higher education degree(s), and portfolio)
  • Information on the art space: history, focus (general concept, objectives, standing in Switzerland and (if relevant) abroad)
  • Budget and financial plan

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines

Applications can be submitted from1 July
Submission deadline1 September
Notification of decisionWithin 8 weeks
Earliest start date for the project8 weeks after submission deadline

Additional Information


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General Requirements


Pro Helvetia promotes the professional contemporary Swiss art and cultural production (without film) with a view to diversity as well as national and international reach. It supports the creation of new artistic works and productions, the exchange between Switzerland’s various linguistic regions, the dissemination of Swiss art and culture outside Switzerland and international cultural exchange. As a national foundation, Pro Helvetia supplements the promotional activities of Swiss cantons and municipalities and only supports projects that are cross-regionally or internationally recognised.

Pro Helvetia will only consider funding applications if they are complete and have been submitted on time.

To be eligible for support, projects must

  • have a clear connection to Switzerland
  • be of nationwide importance
  • be adequately co-funded by other public or private means
  • respects/guarantee fair working conditions

Connection to Switzerland

A connection to Switzerland is given, if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The production or project in question is developed or implemented by artists and cultural practitioners, who verifiably hold Swiss citizenship or are permanent residents of Switzerland and who are regularly artistically involved in relevant events in Switzerland.
  • The project is created, developed, or implemented by an independent group or cultural institution whose place of production is in Switzerland and who is regularly and publicly active in Switzerland.

Nationwide relevance

Nationwide relevance is given, if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The art and cultural practitioners participating in the project are regularly involved in programmes of nationally recognised art and cultural institutions in Swiss regions other than their own or abroad, and the project in question has a transregional appeal.
  • The artistic potential of an emerging art practitioner involved is exceptional in terms of a national or international career.
  • The project makes a significant contribution to the development of Swiss artistic and cultural production and its dissemination.
  • The project is of significant importance for the exchange between Switzerland’s various linguistic regions.

Assessment of content and quality

Within the framework of the available funds, Pro Helvetia prioritises projects that most comprehensively meet the funding criteria. The Foundation assesses whether

  • the project demonstrates high degree of independence and professional competence as well as social and thematic relevance
  • the project is implemented according to professional standards
  • the costs are commensurate with the expected impact
  • a lasting impact can be expected

Furthermore, the Foundation attaches great importance to the following aspects:

  • The project has an appropriate commitment to diversity.
  • Resources are used in an ecologically responsible manner and work and production are planned sustainably.


Pro Helvetia is unable to consider funding requests if

  • the same part of the submitted project is already received funding from other federal bodies (e.g. Federal Office of Culture, Presence Switzerland, Swiss National Science Foundation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation)
  • the project is part of a school or university curriculum/basic training or continuing education programme (including dissertations, diploma projects, university scholarships, etc.)
  • funding is intended to cover infrastructure and equipment costs, as well as the costs of operating cultural facilities, archives and collections
  • the project does not depend on funding from Pro Helvetia

Status: January 2024