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Pro Helvetia Shanghai promotes creative exchange between Switzerland and China. We offer Swiss art practitioners the possibility of a three-month residency in China. In return, artists from China are given an opportunity to go to Switzerland for a studio or research residency stay. Listed below are our current and past artists in residence in the areas of the visual arts, design and interactive media, music, theatre and dance.

Check out Quotes from previous Chinese artists who returned from their residency programs in Switzerland. For updates and progress of our artists-in-residence for the year 2017 and 2018, please view our newsletter.

Mar.2 - May 23, 2017 | Innovation & Society, Music, Performance Art

Charlotte Hug | 2017 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Hangzhou Partner organization: China Academy of Art (CAA), Hangzhou Charlotte Hug, is a Swiss born intermedia artist, composer, improviser and musician of the extreme. Her innovative musical-visual solo performances in distinctive locations and her interdisciplinary work have created an international furore. Hug´s sound drawings: “Son-Icons” are the core of Hug’s artistic work and …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Mar.27 - June 22, 2017 | Visual Arts

Yves Netzhammer | 2017 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Yves Netzhammer will participate in a residency project in Shanghai. After many years of continuous activity in display and exhibition practice – among other opportunities in Beijing and Shanghai, China, he plans to focus on the development of a script for a planned full length animation-(film)-feature. Whilst his stay in …

Country of residency: Mainland China

July 17-Oct.12, 2017 | Theatre

Zhao Chuan | 2017 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Zurich Partner organization: Rote Fabrik Zhao Chuan is a Chinese writer/ theatre professional. As the founder and mastermind of important Chinese theatre collective “Grass Stage” since 2015, he has devoted to the promotion of new social theatre movement and the creation of non-profit public space. Under Zhao’s direction, Grass Stage aimed to stimulate theatrical …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Aug.25-Nov.21, 2017 | Visual Arts

Lí Wei | 2017 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Winterthur Partner organization: Villa Sträuli Lí Wei is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Beijing, China. He received his BA from the Sculpture department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. Lí Wei adopts a hyperrealistic style in his sculptures, focusing on conveying the emotions of the figures. The objective …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Oct.3-Dec.29, 2017 | Visual Arts

Cao Shu | 2017 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Basel Partner organization: Atelier Mondial From 2012 to nowadays, Cao Shu is a lecturer teacher in China Academy of Art. From 2012 to nowadays, Cao Shu is teaching as a lecturer teacher in China Academy of Art. He makes animation and installation as the basic media, and taking long-term art plan as …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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