Pro Helvetia
New Delhi

Established in 2007, the New Delhi liaison office of Pro Helvetia is committed to cultural exchange and artistic collaboration between Switzerland and South Asia.

Our team of local experts facilitates and supports professional encounters between artistic scenes in the disciplines supported by Pro Helvetia. We forge ties with event organisers and nurture long-term partnerships with relevant platforms to support the promotion and dissemination of Swiss arts in the region. Our grants enable residencies and research trips in both directions to foster cultural exchange.

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Our residency partners

Below is a selection of residency partners in the region. This network is varied and in flux, responding to the dynamic contexts of the region. Located in urban centres and rural settings, our partners work across a variety of disciplines and formats in fixed spaces or as open platforms. Artists applying for a residency may specify which partner best fits their proposal. Please note that in case of selection, the partner institution may change depending on availability

List of residency partners as table

Britto Arts TrustDhaka, BangladeshBritto Residency Program often focuses on a larger ecosystem that benefits both the local and international artists developing networks and sharing knowledge. As Britto does not have any more regular funding for the residency program over the last few years, we have been organizing the residency loosely. The residency now depends on projects and available grants/ funding that can be raised using various resources.


We have a studio space adjacent to a social kitchen as well as a small work station. We are also in the process of  developing an online as well as offline archive, a physical space that can provide knowledge about Britto’s 21 years journey . Britto is situated in the middle of Dhaka city. The cultural institutions such as Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institut, British Council, Bengal Foundation, Drik Picture Library and all the galleries are within walking/ rickshaw riding distances.


The residencies are process based rather than final products. However, since Britto space is used for multiple purposes, there are possibilities for the participants to use it in various ways. We often end the residency with a public event though.
Visual arts, Curation, Research
Srihatta – the Samdani Art CentreSylhet , BangladeshA unique combination of sculpture park, exhibition, residency, and education programme, Srihatta imagines what an experimental artist-centric institution can be in the 21st Century, beyond of western-centric paradigms. A 10,000-square-foot residency space houses eleven brick-dyed, cast-concrete apartments, with windows facing Srihatta’s landscape. Created as a meditative space to inspire creativity and mesmerize the senses, these apartments have 11-foot ceilings – each with a different species of local scented tree growing inside. Srihatta encourages artists to collaborate with the environment and the local community for long term, growing projects, where creativity, the weather, time, ritual and maintenance come together to weave our relationship with nature and each other closer together.Multidiscipline, including visual arts, curation, literature, design, performing arts, architecture
1Shanthiroad Studio/GalleryBengaluru, India1Shanthiroad, Bengaluru, is an art space founded by Suresh Jayaram that nurtures creativity and cutting-edge art practice, situated in the centre of the city. The Studio/Gallery at 1Shanthiroad provides space for slide lectures, small conferences, installations, performances, screenings, and informal gatherings. It is administered by a not- for- profit trust VAC –Visual Art Collective. Since its inception in 2003 1Shanthiroad has grown to house artists from diverse countries in its residency programs.Multidiscipline
Indian Music Experience MuseumBengaluru, IndiaWe encourage artists and musicians interested in doing a residency with us in the following directions:

Digital archive of Indian music – There is ample material in the museum to spark inspiration and encourage artists in residence to work on project ideas with materials in the museum and also form collaborations with local musicians for study, research or performances.

Creating an expression (performance, visual or digital) – IME provides an enriching and conducive environment for artists to immerse themselves in a musical heritage that is many centuries old and has influences from around the world. This is ideal for artists seeking inspiration from the different forms of Indian music, and to exploring local forms of music traditions and practices.

Interpreting our collection – IME invites musicologists, historians, artists and professionals working in the field of music to interpret the museum’s collection through different lenses to offer new perspectives that may broaden the scope of scholarship around the museum’s collection.

Music across borders – Music knows no borders. There are countless accounts of several path-breaking Indian musicians who’ve travelled the world and collaborated with international artists to produce seminal works of fusion in the museum. There is ample scope to research and unravel interesting stories on fusion music, the socio-political contexts in which they evolved, the influences they imbibed along the way, and its significance today that could make for a great exhibition, documentary or a paper.

We also encourage artists to go through our website and develop their own residency ideas based on their areas of interest in music and their artistic practice.
Sangam HouseBengaluru, IndiaThe intention of Sangam House is to bring together writers from around the world to live and work in a safe, peaceful setting, a space made necessary on many levels by the world we now live in. Sangam House seeks to give writers a chance to build a solid and influential network of personal and professional relationships that can deepen their own work, in effect, expanding and diversifying literature. We believe that literature can and must remain a thriving force of illumination for our times.Our program also facilitates interaction between the visiting writers and local communities. Cultivating such an intersection infuses local communities with inspirations and new ideas, while allowing each participating writer to deepen their understanding of the diverse emotional and social climates in which literature is conceived and received.Literature
Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the ArtsGoa, IndiaOur Artist-In-Residence Lab (AIR-L) is designed to nurture creativity, research and experimentation. It offers a space for artists and cultural operators to critically examine existing practices through exchange and dialogue, forging new connections among practitioners across disciplines. An immersive residency programme, AIR-L offers an experiential opportunity of interdisciplinary research and exchange. It encourages projects that address new approaches related to our contemporary context and that can offer new understandings and perspectives of our society.

AIR-L provides the space and resource for artists and creatives to develop concepts dedicated to the interaction of the local social, cultural and economic morphology & contemporary art practices. It encourages socially innovative art processes and provides a framework in which various strategies and challenges can be shared and critically assessed. AIR-L seeks to deepen conversations around sustainability where artists from different geographies can collaboratively and collectively reflect and deepen conversations around sustainability through ongoing practice and research.
Visual arts and creatives combining drawing, performance, sound, with generative processes or code-based practices.
Khoj International Artists AssociationNew Delhi, IndiaKhoj is an autonomous not-for-profit contemporary arts organization created in 1997. Through international, on-site, off-site and often hyper local programmes and residencies Khoj supports and incubates emerging, experimental and transdisciplinary creative practices and pedagogies that look at art and its various intersections with other disciplines such as gender, urbanisms, ecology, technology and social practice. The residency at Khoj provides time and space to the artists to engage, respond and present their work in a historical socio-economic context, allowing for inclusivity, participation, and artistic interventions, in small but palpable ways. The residency acts as a platform for dialogue, experimentation, and exchange, supporting the development of their artistic practice while building a forum and a network of interdisciplinary artists.Visual Arts, Sonic Art, Installation, Sculpture, Digital Art
Adishakti Theatre Arts Laboratory For Theatre Art ResearchPuducherry, IndiaAdishakti is a contemporary theatre research and repertory company founded by thespian the late Veenapani Chawla in Mumbai in 1981. After developing and performing our first five productions in Mumbai we are now operating from our three-and-a-half-acre campus near Auroville, Pondicherry.Visual arts, Performance, Theatre, Research, Traditional arts
The Alice Boner InstituteVaranasi, IndiaThe Alice Boner Institute (ABI) residency programme is open to artists in the broadest sense of the word. This includes visual artists, writers, curators and scholars.
Located at Assi Ghat on the banks of the river Ganga, the ABI is an old house with heritage architecture. It was once the home of the Swiss artist and scholar, Padma Bhushan Dr. Alice Boner, from 1935 to 1978.
Today the Institute is a residency space for artisitc and academic research.
Residencies are typically offered for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. During the course of their stay, residents are expected to engage with other institutional networks as well as hold presentations, readings, and workshops for a public audience. Residents at the Institute are provided with comfortable living, and studio facilities, and meals from the in-house kitchen. Wi-fi, laundry and research asssitance are also provided.
The interior of the Institute can host intimate exhibitions, and a modest venue on the terrace can be used for short performances and screenings.
Short stays of less than 3 weeks or weekend visits do not fulfill the criteria of the residency programme. The programme will be most beneficial to individuals whose research deals with the arts of India, or for whom the cultural context of Varanasi is integral.
Multidiscipline. Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Theatre, Film & Photography, Urbanism, Architecture, Curatorial Studies
BikalpaKathmandu, NepalBikalpa Art Foundation offers seasonal residency programs throughout the year. The residency consists of six weeks of studio work and a week-long open studio/ exhibition at the end. The type of exhibition will depend on the nature/ form of artwork produced by the artist during the residency period. The artist will also be given an opportunity to engage in different sociocultural activities, interactions, workshops, presentations, networking, and artist gatherings during the residency.Multidiscipline including performance art, multimedia, film/ video, installation, sound, photography, experimental music, and any other forms of visual arts, also literature and curation.
Kaalo 101Kathmandu, NepalAt Kaalo.101, we aim to create a socially conscious, completely independent creative space that uses art to uplift emerging Nepali artists while engaging with our surrounding physical, social and cultural environment through an accessible, communicative and collaborative exchange.

Kaalo.101 is not only a physical space but also a safe and comfortable home for our diverse and transcultural family of versatile artists and activists. We support people with questions and aim to offer a safe environment to present any kind of contemporary art and express criticism by providing solidarity and empowerment. We value the vibe of an accepting and supporting family and don’t try to fit anybody’s ideas about art and society but explore our own possibilities, values, beliefs and non-hierarchical coexistence. We encourage individuality and empower people to go beyond what they expect is possible  ⁠— we aren’t just an art space but a living, breathing house. Our space, the art in it and the connected community try to relate Nepal’s cultures, histories and heritage with contemporary perspectives to share experimental works and thoughts that connect to both contexts. This juxtaposition of our physical and cultural setting with contemporary, critical and progressive approaches, alongside our majorly Nepali (but as well international) community, gives us fertile ground to continually learn, unlearn and relearn from each other and the space around us.
Visual Arts, Music & Sound, Literature, Performance, Research
Matca Space for PhotographyHa Noi, VietnamMatca’s residency space is on the 6th floor of the creative complex at 48 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, on top of Sóng Sánh Café, Matca Space for Photography, and our studio. Located at the political center of Vietnam, it is immediately surrounded by sights of historical significance including the Ho Chi Minh Museum, B-52 Lake, and Lenin Park where skateboarders hang out every afternoon. The quaint neighborhood will also provide artists with fascinating insights into local life as well as the city’s booming art scene. Supermarkets, public transport, and many well-known food and drink establishments are within walking distance.

The residency is intended for lens-based practitioners and will suit those seeking a space to pursue their personal endeavors. Artists in residence will also have access to our photobook collection and frequent rotation of activities such as exhibitions, talks and book showcases often attended by young, intellectually curious audiences.
Visual arts, Photography

Frequently asked questions

I am an artist from South Asia. What funding opportunities does Pro Helvetia offer?

Please find the relevant formats under Find support. Make sure to select the parameters that suit you.

I would like to translate a book from Switzerland into a language from South Asia. Can Pro Helvetia fund me?  

Yes. Pro Helvetia supports the translation of Swiss authors’ works in other countries. Find all relevant support formats under Find support.

I am an artist from South Asia and I want to present my work in Switzerland. Can Pro Helvetia fund me?

No. We do not normally support the presentation of work through, for example, exhibitions and tours in Switzerland. Please refer to artlink for funding opportunities relating to presenting work in Switzerland.

Can I apply for a project in a country not yet covered in the South Asia region?

No. Please refer to the regions covered by the other liaison offices to see which office is relevant for you.

Can I apply for a residency with a partner not yet listed among your residency partners?

Yes. We work with a network of organisations that can host residencies, and we look to customise each project according to the needs of the individual arts professional as far as possible. Applicants are invited to consider, but are not limited to, the organisations listed as our partners.

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