Performing arts

Swiss Connection UK: Residencies 2025

Applications can be submitted from: 1 October

Target group
Practitioner with connection to Switzerland
Submission deadline
12 November

What

Two residencies of 10 to 14 days in the UK at HOME, Manchester and Brixton House, London in 2025. The residencies will enable participants to expand their network, become familiar with an institution in a specifically British context, and reflect on their own artistic practice with the help of local artists. The residencies will take place between April and December 2025 by agreement between the institution and the artist.

For Whom

  • Independent performing arts artists from Switzerland
  • Artists can apply alone or in pairs
  • Artists can only apply for one of the proposed residencies

Selection Criteria

Excellent knowledge of English is a prerequisite.

Participants are selected by the institutions according to the following criteria:

  • Suitability of the artist and their practice for the host venue
  • Impact of the residency on the artist at this moment in time
  • Potential for future programming in the UK

In addition to these specific criteria, the apply.

Financial Contribution

The contribution includes travel expenses, accommodation, daily allowances and other local costs (studio, materials, etc.).

Content Of Application

  • CV
  • motivation letter
  • Applications must be written in English.

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines

Applications can be submitted from1 October
Submission deadline12 November
Notification of decisionWithin 8 weeks after the application deadline

Additional Information

Brixton House London

Brixton House is a home for a new generation of makers, artists, writers, producers, technicians and audiences to inspire experiences that develop community solidarity and passion for social change. We encourage applications from people of colour and disabled people and those from underrepresented communities.

The Residency at Brixton House, will provide opportunity to: Rehearse a project, experiment with new ideas, meet with London based artists and industry, receive mentorship from Brixton House, collaborate with UK/London based artists, engage with Brixton House’s programme of Live Performance, present work to an invited audience at Brixton House.

HOME Manchester

HOME works with international and UK artists to produce entertaining, extraordinary experiences, creating an exciting mix of thought-provoking film, art, drama, dance, and festivals, with a strong focus on new commissions, and talent development.The residency will take place at HOME and the artists will have use of a rehearsal space.

The Residency at HOME, Manchester will provide opportunity to: rehearse a project (with minimal technical resources), experiment with new ideas, meet with Manchester based artists and industry, receive mentorship from the team at HOME, collaborate with UK/Manchester based artists, engage with activities in the building and in the city, including Manchester International Festival, explore the Manchester theatre scene, present work to an invited audience at HOME.

Applications can be submitted from: 1 October

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General Requirements

Introduction

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.

Restrictions

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