2024: new support measure and adaptations of our existing formats  

Visual Arts
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This year in the visual arts field, a new pilot call is launched and some adaptations of existing measures are implemented. Discover the novelties here.

A new call for applications: Perform!

Performance art is an integral part of the visual arts scene in Switzerland. Nevertheless, both the conditions for production and for distribution differ from other media in the visual arts. The focus of this pilot call is to support visual artists from Switzerland who want to professionalize and deepen their performance practice.

Application deadline: 1 February 2024

Adaptation of the work grants

With these work grants, Pro Helvetia supports the creation of new works in the visual arts, photography or architecture.

What remains the same: the Production grant and the Grant for production with presentation.

What is new: the research grant evolves in START: artistic project development. For this measure, the applications can now be submitted all year round.

For information, we support research work of independent Swiss curators with the following measure:  START: curatorial project development.

Adaptation of the studio visits

Pro Helvetia supports professional and purposeful exchange between artists, photographers, architects and curators or other experts.

What is new: curators or the other experts can be established in Switzerland but can now also come from abroad.

More information on the measure Studio visit

Addition to the measure: Emerging artists: annual programme art space

Pro Helvetia promotes emerging artists in cooperation with established institutions in Switzerland.

Art spaces that present the work of emerging artists from Switzerland can apply for a maximum grant CHF 15,000 for their annual programme.

What is new: an additional CHF 5,000 can be granted for projects that promote intergenerational or international exchange.

More information on the measure Emerging artists: annual programme art space

Adaptation of the publications

Pro Helvetia supports monographs on living contemporary artists, photographers and architects from Switzerland, and also thematic publications of national significance on topical issues to do with contemporary artistic creation in Switzerland.

What is new: publishing houses, editors, but now also directly artists, photographers and architects can apply for this measure.

More information on our support to a Publication

Discover also our support to a Photographic publication