Visual arts

Knowledge exchange outside Switzerland

Target group
Institution outside Switzerland
Submission deadline
Open year-round


Work grants for artists, photographers, architects and other specialists (in the study of art) participating in public events (podiums, meetings, conferences, etc.) dealing with topics related to contemporary artistic creation in Switzerland.

For Whom

Cultural institutions, festivals or established art spaces with an international appeal

Selection Criteria


  • Multi-annual, curatorial programme
  • International appeal
  • Regular display of contemporary work
  • In general, applications are to be submitted by the organisers

The project:

  • Open to the public
  • Appropriate fee for the artists, photographers and architects
  • Contribution by the organising institution to local costs (accommodation and meals)

In addition to these specific criteria, the apply.

Financial Contribution

Travel expenses for specialists, artists, photographers and architects (economy class; travel only, no accommodation)

Content Of Application

Project description

  • Presentation of the project content, concept and set-up
  • Information regarding venue and date of public performance, publication or presentation
  • Information regarding the persons involved in the project (CVs, portfolios)


  • Detailed breakdown of costs and financial plan incl. information regarding all financial assistance requested from third parties
  • Information on the amount of funding requested and justification of the need for the funding

Format-specific Exclusion Criteria

  • Not supported: knowledge exchange in the context of events already supported
  • Not supported: projects focusing on historical work or work by deceased artists, photographers and architects
  • Not supported: events by private collections
  • Not supported: events by commercial galleries
  • Not supported: events that are part of art fairs
  • Not supported: projects that are part of prizes/awards and events connected therewith
  • Not supported: knowledge exchange that occurs in the context of schools, colleges and universities

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines

Funding requests up to CHF 25,000Funding requests between CHF 25,001 and 50,000Funding requests over CHF 50’000
Submission deadlineOpen year-roundOpen year-round1 September
1 December
1 March
1 June
Earliest start date for the projectEight weeks after submitting the applicationFour months after submitting the applicationFour months after submitting the application
Notification of decisionWithin eight weeksWithin four monthsWithin four months

Additional Information

Visuelle Künste

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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