Visual arts


Target group
Practitioner with connection to Switzerland
Submission deadline


Perform! supports visual artists from Switzerland who want to professionalise, deepen and broaden their performance practice (e.g., by transforming their performance practice from art space to stage, by broadening their practice to video performances or into the digital space).

For Whom

Visual artists or collectives working with performance who need support for the creation of a new work or the further development of an existing work.

Selection Criteria

  • High artistic and professional quality
  • Implementation of the project according to professional standards
  • Costs are commensurate with the expected impact.
  • Priority is given to projects that are designed to have a lasting impact on the artist’s/collective’s practice, i.e., by professionalisation or a change in the artistic approach.

In addition to these specific criteria, the apply.

Financial Contribution

Contributions from CHF 20,000 to 25,000

  • Fees for the artistic staff (e.g., artists, performers, dramaturgy, DOP, etc.)
  • Administrational fees (e.g., production management)
  • Material and rental costs (e.g., rehearsal rooms, materials for costumes or rental costs for technical equipment).

Content Of Application

  • Description of the planned project, implementation plan (incl. timeline) and budget with financial plan (incl. information regarding all financial assistance requested from third parties) in a single PDF
  • Details on persons and partners involved in the project (including CVs)
  • Portfolio of the applicant: work documentation from the last three years (incl. links to videos, etc.), maximum 20 pages
  • CV of the applicant, incl. a list of previous exhibition activity in a single PDF

Format-specific Exclusion Criteria

  • The pilot call is designed to support visual artists who work with performance. Hence, applicants working in dance and theatre, as reflected in their CV, are not eligible.
  • Pro Helvetia cannot award funding retrospectively; hence the project needs to start at the earliest eight weeks after the application deadline.

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines

Notification of decision28 March 2024
Earliest start date for the project1 April 2024

Additional Information

Image by Julie Folly

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