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Call for Residencies 2022

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Application deadline: March 10, 2021  

Pro Helvetia has launched a call for applications for residencies aimed at cultural practitioners from Switzerland (e.g. artists, curators, cultural intermediaries) and cultural practitioners from China.

The residencies last for three months at most. Pro Helvetia provides accommodation, daily allowances, professional supervision, travel expenses, a contribution towards production and material costs (on request) and a workplace (on request).  

The following are eligible: 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.  

We are aware that the global COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to great uncertainty. Nevertheless, we would like to encourage you to apply. We will do our utmost to create suitable framework conditions and to support you in your activities and your process.  

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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.

For the Residencies selection result, please click in to view: Finalists of 20212020, 2019, 2017 and 2018. Check out Quotes from Finalists of 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014 to 2016. Review year-end communication event of 2020, 2019, and 2018.

2021 | Visual Arts

Yang Jian | 2021 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD Yang Jian currently lives and works in Nanjing, China. He has worked primarily in video and installation. He received a BA (2004) and MA (2007) from the Art College of Xiamen University and was a residency artist at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Netherlands from 2009 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

2021 | Theatre, Dance

Wang Mengfan | 2021 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Zurich Partner organization: Theatre Hora Born in 1990, Wang Mengfan works as an independent theater director and choreographer in Beijing. She studied History of Art and Dance Studies in China and Germany. Since 2015, Wang has been working with different groups of people in her dance theater projects, including old ladies, …

Country of residency: Switzerland

2021 | Visual Arts

Wang Haiyang | 2021 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD Wang Haiyang, born in 1984 in Shandong, currently lives and works in Beijing, China. Graduated from the printmaking department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Wang employs a multimedia approach to expand the rhetorical scope of art. His work reflects on contemporary existential topics while investigating, …

Country of residency: Switzerland

2021 | Visual Arts

Tong Wenmin | 2021 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD Tong Wenmin’s artworks often focus on where individual perception intersects with the external environment, stimulating visual poetry, and inspiring action through behaviors that at first seem counter-intuitive. Through often simplified or regulated movements, her works hint at the body’s allegorical character and action within a semantically rich …

Country of residency: Switzerland

2021 | Music

Mao Zhu & Li Kun | 2021 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD Mao Zhu and Li Kun are a musician and artist couple. The two artists started steady collaboration in cross-media performance arts since 2012. They have created several cross-media performance works, like “Triple worlds” (2012), “Cross-media Creation” (2013), “Folk Mimic” (2017), “Yōkai Suite II” (2019). With a keen …

Country of residency: Switzerland

July 1 to September 28, 2021 | Visual Arts

Till Langschied | 2021 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Basel and Berlin Partner organization: Home Residency Till Langschied is a visual artist who lives in Basel, Switzerland, and works in a variety of media. He studied at the AMD Düsseldorf and under Chus Martinez at the Institut Kunst HGK in Basel where he graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. …

Country of residency: Mainland China

2021 | Music

Samuel Reinhard | 2021 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Hong Kong Partner organization: TBD Samuel Reinhard is a Swiss composer, musician and artist. Born in 1980 in Bern, Switzerland, he earned his MA in Contemporary Arts Practice (Music & Media Arts) from Bern University of the Arts in 2015. He now lives and works between Bern, New York and Los …

Country of residency: Hong Kong, China

2021 | Visual Arts

Ramon Feller | 2021 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Partner organization: TBD Born 1988, lives and works in Zurich. Feller deals with systems, patterns and temporal processes. His interest lies in the tension between observation and contemplation of processes, habits and rhythms. The question of control is immanent in his work. For the implementation of his contents, he works …

Country of residency: Mainland China

2021 | Design and Architecture

Quang Vinh Nguyen | 2021 Research Trip

Nationality: Switzerland Trip location: Shanghai Partner organization: TBD Quang Vinh Nguyen, born in 1995, is a product designer from Lausanne, Switzerland. After graduating with honors from ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne with a bachelor’s degree, he has been granted a residency program in Hong Kong. He will then attend the TaDA (Textile & Design Alliance) …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Visual Arts

Olivia Schenker | 2021 Research Trip

Nationality: Switzerland Trip location: Shanghai Partner organization: TBD Olivia Schenker, born in 1993, is a Swiss photographer, video maker and graphic designer whose work mainly explores intimacy, sexual diversity and gender expression. After graduate in 2018 at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, she co-founded Oil Productions alongside Nora Smith, Meli Boss, Mahalia Giotto, Julie Folly …

Country of residency: Mainland China



A4 Art Museum, Chengdu (Visual Arts)

Founded in March 2008 and has held 37 contemporary art exhibitions and over 500 educational events since. Located in Chengdu’s Luxelakes Eco-City in a structure designed by architect Antoine Predock. Works to promote outstanding artists and the pioneering development of contemporary art.

Click for a detailed list of Q&A by A4 ARIE program.

AM Space, Shanghai (Visual Arts, Performance)

An independent experimental art space founded by Shanghai artists in 2008. Supports young curators, exhibitions, forums and workshops. They provide an exhibition and exchange platform for many art forms including visual art, performance art and multimedia, organizing academic exchange events and experimental art performances.

Chronus Art Center, Shanghai (Visual Arts esp. with  new media focus)

China’s first nonprofit art organization dedicated to the presentation, research, creation and scholarship of media art. CAC with its exhibitions, residency-oriented fellowships, lectures and workshop programs and through its archiving and publishing initiatives, creates a multifaceted and vibrant platform for the discourse, production and dissemination of media art in a global context.

Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen (Visual Arts)

For more than twelve years, the Chinese European Art Center has hosted and premiered international artists from all over the world. With studios, exhibitions, contemporary film festivals, concerts, lectures, workshops and an artists-in-residence program, the CEAC plays a central role in southeast China’s cultural landscape.

Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing (Visual Arts, Performance)

Located in the Xishan Cultural and Creative Boulevard in Beijing. With a focus on the critical viewpoint born out of cultural, historical and political relatedness instead of exclusiveness, they look within ourselves and promote dialogue with the cutting-edge art practices worldwide.

Making Space, Guangzhou (Visual Arts)

Founded in 2017, Making Space is located in Panyu, Guangzhou, near a neighborhood that has been going through a major transformation. Making Space opens to all who have the desire to express in an honest and concrete way, and wants to extend the boundaries of perception and knowledge via conversation and collaboration.

Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai (Visual Arts, Performance)

A private, non-profit contemporary art centre transformed from Shanghai Paper Machine Factory. The Museum presents the production requirements of various experimental theatres, featured contemporary art exhibitions and performances. McaM distinguishes itself through its promotion of contemporary art activities based on visual performance.

OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) Shenzhen, Shenzhen (Visual Arts)

Founded in 2005, one of the seven headquarters of the OCAT museums. OCAT Shenzhen has a long-term commitment to the practice and research in the field of contemporary art and theory inside of China and in the international arena. Its programs focus on in-depth surveys, research, publication, and presentation of exhibitions. Residency space hosts artists from September to November each year.

Organhaus, Chongqing (Visual Arts, Performance)

An independent art organization made of artists and curators in cooperation. Started in 2007 and located within 501 Art Warehouse in Chongqing, with nearly 200 sqm studio residency and exhibition space. Organhaus is dedicated to the exploration of experimental and multi-media art focused on the progress of urbanization and globalization.

Po Leung Kuk, Hong Kong (Visual Arts, Music)

Provides short-term residential services to local and overseas young artists, offering them a space for exchange, to inspire each other and explore the realms of creativity. Studio is located at a French-style historic building in Happy Valley, Hong Kong.

Points Center for Contemporary Art, Suzhou (Visual Arts)

Located on Dianshan Lake in the ancient town of Jinxi, on the outskirts of Kunshan. The center itself covers 2,000 sqm, filled with elaborate tower-and-pavilion style buildings, containing eight residencies. The international residency program is oriented to artists of all nationalities and disciplines.

Studio Gallery, Shanghai (Visual Arts)

The studio gallery takes the artists’ actual work experience and real thoughts as its core value, supports the artist residence projects and topical exhibition programs. By means of long-term exchanges and dialogue with international artists and curators, studio gallery continues to initiate various topical exhibitions, research-based educational programs and publications.

Xinqiao Art Complex, Shanghai (Visual Arts)

Started in 2014 and located in Songjiang, one of the largest gathering place for art creation in Shanghai. Hosts 100 art and design studios and holds nearly 50 art exhibitions and activities every year. 20% of residents come from abroad.


Atelier Mondial, Basel (Visual Arts)

Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva (Visual Arts) 

Gleis 70, Zurich (Design, Visual Arts) 

Rote Fabrik, Zurich (Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Performance)  

Villa Sträuli, Winterthur (Photography, Visual Arts) 

L’ Abri, Geneva (Dance, Performance) 

Residency.ch, Bern (Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Performance) 

La Becque, Vevey (Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Performance) 

Kaserne Basel (Theater, Dance, Performance, Music) 

Utopiana, Geneva (Visual Arts) 

Musikerwohnhaus Lyseloth, Basel (Music) 

Villa Ruffieux, Sierre (Visual Arts, Music, Literature) 

Théâtre Grütli, Geneva (Theatre, Performance) 

Schule für Kunst & Design, Zurich (Design, Visual Arts) 

Schweizer Textilfachschule, Zurich (Design) 

Solothurner Literaturtage, Solothurn (Literature) 

Woerdz, Luzern (Spoken Word / Literature) 

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