Pro Helvetia Residency in Switzerland

Pro Helvetia Johannesburg supports residencies of up to 3-months for artists and cultural practitioners from Southern, East, Central and West Africa in Switzerland, and for their counterparts in Switzerland in these regions on the continent.

The aim of the residency is to gain inspiration, establish networks, develop work and explore new collaborations.

Pro Helvetia provides accommodation, daily allowances, professional support, travel expenses, a contribution towards production and material costs (on request) and a workplace (on request). In addition, parents may apply for support to co-finance the organisation of childcare, at home or where the residency takes place.

Artists and cultural practitioners in the fields of visual arts, design and interactive media, music, literature and performing arts, as well as arts practitioners with a transdisciplinary focus are eligible to apply.

Three-month residencies at a partner institution in Switzerland.

For Whom

Cultural practitioners from the regions of the liaison offices (Arab region, East Asia, South America, South Asia, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa – see below for a full list of countries) who are active in any of the disciplines supported by Pro Helvetia. Applications from both individuals and artist duos are accepted.

Selection Criteria

General requirements

  • Applicants are rooted in the cultural scene of the regions of the liaison offices
  • Motivation behind the desired context
  • Sufficient knowledge of English or a good command of the language(s) of the country in question
  • A concrete research topic with a lasting impact

Financial Contribution

  • Accommodation
  • Travel costs
  • Daily allowances
  • Professional support
  • Workstation (on request)
  • Contribution towards production/material costs (on request)
  • In addition, parents can apply for financial support of up to CHF 1,000 per month to put towards childcare or to use for the travel expenses of their children and, if applicable, a caregiver. Applicants must submit an approximate budget of all expenses in advance.

Content Of Application

  • Detailed explanation of motivation behind the chosen context and artistic research
  • Desired length of stay and chosen destination
  • CV and portfolio
  • The application must be submitted in English

Format-specific Exclusion Criteria

Cultural practitioners from countries outside the Pro Helvetia liaison offices’ area of responsibility may not apply.

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines

Applications can be submitted from1 January
Submission deadline1 March
Notification of decisionWithin four months
Earliest start date for the projectThe following year

Deadline: 1 March 2024

Website link: https://prohelvetia.ch/en/find-support/residency-in-switzerland/#acc-west-central-east-and-southern-africa

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