Exhibition and knowledge exchange

Target group
Institution outside Switzerland
Submission deadline
Open year-round


Thematic group exhibitions and knowledge exchange at specialist events that are open to the public (symposia, round tables, etc.) and held abroad

For Whom

Recognised design institutions and established festivals, design weeks, etc.

Selection Criteria

  • The project must be of national significance and must presuppose a well-founded evaluation of current, social issues
  • The project relates to the contemporary work of designers of national significance, which is documented by their attendance at trade fairs or events over several years
  • The institution organises regular presentations of contemporary design positions
  • Contribution towards costs and fees expected from the event organisers

In addition to these specific criteria, the apply.

Financial Contribution

Up to CHF 10,000

  • Transport and insurance costs
  • Travel costs (round trip, economy, without accommodation)

Content Of Application

  • Description of the project concept and set-up
  • Date and venue of the public performance or presentation
  • Detailed breakdown of costs and financial plan incl. information regarding all financial assistance requested from third parties
  • Information concerning the amount of the grant requested from Pro Helvetia and the justification of the need for it

Format-specific Exclusion Criteria

The following are excluded

  • Solo exhibitions
  • Exhibitions of private collections or in galleries
  • Commissioned work and projects from advertising campaigns
  • Unique pieces, craft projects, new editions, gallery projects
  • Promotional platforms for designers
  • Projects from the fields of game design, architecture and photography

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines

Submission deadlineOpen year-round
Earliest start date for the projectEight weeks after submitting the application
Notification of decisionWithin eight weeks
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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