To further strengthen its mandate of intercultural exchange and to offer support to artistic practices that result from previous exchanges, Pro Helvetia is launching a two-year pilot measure to support co-creation.
The co-creation grant provides support to tandems made up of two participants, whereby each participant can either be an individual artist or a collective. The two tandem participants are from the liaison office region and from Switzerland and wish to embark on a peer-to-peer creation process. It is seen as a next step after a completed research trip or residency. Additionally, it is a way to support artists in deepening mutual artistic practice.
What is supported?
Pro Helvetia aims at supporting co-creation, including open-end and process-oriented projects. Formats of planned presentations may vary from work-in-progress public presentation* to a presentation with an external partner** in the framework of its programming (i.e. museum, festival, etc). The co-creation grant is up to CHF 25.000 CHF. Co-creation processes can only be supported for a maximum duration of 15 months.
Funding is available for:
- Artist fees – It is recommended that the fees correspond to the countries’ social-economic context. Fees must include payments for mandatory social security contributions.
- Travel costs for both applicants
- Costs related to co-creation process and planned activities including material costs, equipment rental, transportation costs, among others.
Who can apply?
- The applicants are tandems of artists or collectives, where one of the applicants is based in Switzerland and another in the regions covered by Pro Helvetia’ liaison offices (Arab region, China, Russia, South America, South Asia, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa). You can find a list of all countries here.
- The other applicant cannot be an institution or platform (i.e. festival, venue, etc).
- The applicants are tandems of artists or collectives active in Design, Interactive Media, Literature (including poetry, comics, children/youth literature), Music (including podcasts), Performing Arts, Visual Arts (including Architecture and Photography). Projects between different artistic disciplines are also eligible.
- At least one of the applicants has completed a research trip or a residency supported by Pro Helvetia (digital, live, hybrid). Alternatively, applicants may present a compelling track record of previous joint collaborations with each other in Switzerland and/or liaison office region (at least 2-3 projects).
- One of the applicants has Swiss nationality or holds permanent residency in Switzerland and is presenting their work at recognised venues with a cross-regional reach or is visibly active in national networks.
Exclusions – Pro Helvetia is unable to consider funding requests if:
- The conceptual and organisational lead in the project is not shared between tandem partners.
- The project is a tour or presentation of an existing work.
- One of the applicants is a platform/festival or an art institution.
- The same part of the submitted project is already receiving funding from Pro Helvetia or other Swiss 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 costs, as well as the costs of operating cultural facilities, its archives, and collections.
- No retroactive contributions are granted to projects already underway or lying in the past
How to apply?
One partner per tandem hands in the application.
Applications must be in English and submitted, exclusively via myprohelvetia.ch
Only complete applications will be considered.
Decision timeline: within 10 weeks of submission, candidates will be notified via email.
Applications must contain the following:
- The application must contain a joint statement for intent/motivation for collaboration from both tandem partners or collectives.
- The application must contain a description of the planned co-creation project, project plan (incl. planned activities and presentations in Switzerland and/or LO region), budget, explaining the requested amount (a single PDF), developed jointly by co-applicants.
- The application must contain the portfolio of both applicants (or respective members of a collective) including links to videos etc., curriculum vitae, list of previous presentations / activities (compiled in a single PDF).
*For Swiss-Russian collaborations: accordingly to PH’s decision the public part of the event cannot take place in Russia. It is possible to have online public events or to hold public events in Switzerland in the framework of supported project.
**Independent artistic organisations in Russia are eligible for support if they are not under the sanctions of the Swiss Confederation.
Illustration (c) Yawen Li