up to 3 months
March 1, 2023
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Cultural practitioners from Switzerland may apply for residencies in Russia*, while cultural practitioners from Russia can apply for residencies in Switzerland.
Residencies serve to gain inspiration, to establish networks and to work on projects.
This year in response to the changed political and social situation in Russia Swiss cultural practitioners interested in residency in Russia and Russian cultural practitioners interested in residency in Switzerland but hesitant to make trips may also apply for digital format of residency program as an alternative opportunity.
Pro Helvetia offers support to cover accommodation, travel costs, a daily allowance, professional supervision, a workplace (on request) and a contribution to production/material costs (on request).
Additionally to support parent artists to go on residencies Pro Helvetia will offer a maximum amount of 1000 CHF per month, which parent artists can apply for to co-finance additional expenses related to travel for children or caregivers, childcare at home, etc. Pro Helvetia will ask the applicant to justify those expenses and provide a clear outlined budget on how this money will be used. You can find more information here.
The digital format of residency follows a similar format to the regular residency, whereby the artist is supported to develop new professional connections and new directions in their practice during the course of three months with support of Pro Helvetia.
In case of digital format support of Pro Helvetia covers daily allowances, professional supervision, a contribution towards production and material costs (on request), and a mentor from the destination country. Pro Helvetia supports parent artists working in digital residency in the same manner as in case of offline residency, thus with maximum amount of 1000 CHF per month to cover costs relating to childcare.
The digital residency cannot offer artists first-hand experience of a different cultural environment and social world, mentors will play an active role in connecting artists with relevant partners and networks in the cultural scene of the destination country.
Russian cultural practitioners are eligible for digital residency support if they both operating in Russia and in other countries. Links with Russia is to be demonstrated in the application documents both in the past and currently.
For both type of residencies the artists and cultural practitioners from the following disciplines are eligible to apply: visual arts, design and interactive media, music, literature and performing arts, as well as arts practitioners with a transdisciplinary focus.
Pro Helvetia supports three residencies per person at most.
- Convincing track record: professional activity with a national / transregional reach
- Motivation regarding the chosen context
- Sufficient knowledge of the respective foreign language(s)
- Concrete project for residency with a lasting impact
Applications may be submitted once a year (application deadline: 1 March 2023) via myprohelvetia, applications must be submitted in English.
* the trip to Russia remains an individual decision that must be made consciously and in compliance with the FDFA recommendations at the time of the trip. Pro Helvetia cannot foresee or take responsibility for possible restrictions in international travel. For more information, please contact the local team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make sure to select “Residencies of the Liaison Offices” while submitting the application:
Pro Helvetia work with a network of organisations that can host residencies in different cities in Russia and in Switzerland. We look to customise each residency according to the needs of the individual arts professional as far as possible. Residency applicants are invited to consider, but are not limited to, the below list of partner organisations.
Residency partners in Russia
FABRIKA CCI | Moscow (video art, visual arts; research; curatorial; music and sound art; media art; participatory art; performance; dance; photography)
Vyksa | Vyksa, Nizhniy Novgorod Region (for all disciplines)
Peredelkino | Moscow Region (research, literature, new media, participatory art, theatre)
POLENOVO A-I-R | Tula Region (architecture, video art, visual arts, research, ceramics, music and sound art, media art, participatory art, performance, textile art, photography)
«Zarya» | Vladivostok (for all disciplines)
Also on the website of Association of Artistic Residences of Russia AiR of Russia you can learn more about Russian art residences and select the one that suits you most.
Residency partners in Switzerland
- Atelier Mondial, Basel (Visual Arts)
- AZB, Zurich (Visual Arts)
- Binz39, Zurich (Visual Arts)
- Château de Lavigny [Literature]
- Cima Città, Valle Blenio (interdisciplinary)
- Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva (Visual Arts)
- Gleis 70, Zurich (Design, Visual Arts)
- Kaserne Basel (Theater, Dance, Performance, Music)
- L’ Abri, Geneva (Theater, Dance, Performance, Music, Visual Arts)
- La Becque, La Tour-de-Peilz (Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Performance)
- La Grange, Centre / Arts et Sciences / UNIL, Lausanne (theatre, dance, performance, interdisciplinary)
- Lago Mio, Lugano (Visual Arts)
- Musikerwohnhaus Lyseloth, Basel (Music)
- Neubad, Lucerne (Interdisciplinary)
- Residency.ch, Bern (Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Performance)
- Rote Fabrik, Zurich (Visual Arts, Dance, Performance)
- Schweizer Textilfachschule, Zurich (design)
- SMEM, Fribourg [Music]
- Solothurner Literaturtage (Literature)
- Swiss Game Hub, Zurich (Interactive Media)
- Utopiana, Geneva (Visual Arts)
- Verzasca Foto Festival, Brione, Verzasca (Photography)
- Villa Ruffieux, Sierre (Visual Arts, Music, Literature)
- Villa Sträuli, Winterthur (Visual Arts, Performance, Music, Literature, Photography)
- woerdz, Lucerne (Spoken Word, Literature)