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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.

Jan.15-Apr.15, 2019 | Visual Arts

Chen Haishu | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Winterthur Partner organization: Villa Sträuli Chen Haishu was born in 1986 in Fuzhou, China and is now based in both Berlin and Karlsruhe, Germany. Chen focuses on the critical analyzes of condition of existence, social perception and collective memory in our modern society, especially under specific geo-political and natural conditions, and …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Jan.3-Mar.29, 2019 | Dance

He Qiwo (ErGao) | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Zurich Partner organization: Rote Fabrik He Qiwo (ErGao), multi-media dancer/choreographer whose work uses dance, film, installation and other creative strategies, graduated from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He founded ErGao Dance Production Group (EDPG) in 2007 in Guangzhou, with a focus on dance theatre, dance film, community art and dance education. …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Jan.21-28, 2019 | Visual Arts

He Yining | 2019 Research Trip

Nationality: China Trip location: Wintherthur, Lausanne, Biel He Yining has been invited by Pro Helvetia Shanghai to participate in the 2019 edition of the Plat(t)form project conceived by the Fotomuseum Winterthur as an international expert. She will review portfolios of emerging artists, visit local art institutions, and engage in networking with the Swiss arts scene. …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Feb.5-9, 2019 | Dance, Theatre

Huang Jiadai | 2019 Research Trip

Nationality: China Trip location: Lausanne Ophelia Huang Jiadai is invited by Pro Helvetia Shanghai to research at Swiss Dance Days. From February 6 to 9, 2019 in Lausanne, the 10th Swiss Dance Days will showcase the winning performances selected by the jury from over 150 entries. The programme offers a snapshot of the trends that are currently …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Apr.3-June 29, 2019 | Visual Arts

Hu Zi | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Geneva Partner organization: Embassy of Foreign Artists Hu Zi, born in 1981, currently lives and works in Shanghai. She graduated from The Department of Comprehensive Painting at China Academy of Art with M.F.A. (2007), once stayed in Cité internationale des arts Paris for residency during her exchange as a student at École des …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Apr.10-June 23, 2019 | Visual Arts

Chen Wei | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Zurich Partner organization: Gleis 70 Chen Wei was born in 1980 in Yueqing, Zhejiang Province and currently lives and works in Beijing. Internationally active and representative of his generation, Chen utilizes photography and installation as his main media – his works are conceptualized staged photographs and spatial installations as representations of scenes. He …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Aug.8-19, 2019

Selena Lu | 2019 Research Trip

Nationality: China Trip location: Taipei Selena Lu is invited by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council to participate at 2019 Taipei Arts Festival. Following Singapore in 2017, Pro Helvetia launched Seminar in Taipei a year later, in collaboration with the Taipei Arts Festival. It enables a dozen young arts practitioners to attend performances, hold discussions under the guidance of a specialist, …

Country of residency: Chinese Taiwan

Aug.24-Sept.2, 2019

Wang Chong | 2019 Research Trip

Nationality: China Trip location: Zurich, Geneva Wang Chong, founder and artistic director of Beijing-based performance group Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, is the most internationally commissioned Chinese theater director. Wang was born in Beijing in 1982. He received his bachelor degree in law from Peking University, and then master’s degree in theater from University of Hawaii. …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Aug.24-Sept.3, 2019

Yuan Youmin | 2019 Research Trip

Nationality: China Trip location: Zurich, Basel, Winterthur, Biel, Lausanne, Geneva Yuan Youmin was born in 1971 in Anhui, China. Currently, he is a professor at China Academy of Art (CAA) and Executive Director of China Design Museum in CAA, a modern museum covering an area of 16,800 sqm. In 2006 he was invited as a Guest Professor …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Sep.18-Dec.15, 2019 | Visual Arts

Andreas Gysin | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Partner organization: Chronus Art Center Born in 1975 in Zürich, Switzerland, lives and works in Lugano. Andreas is half of the duo Gysin-Vanetti which was listed among “Collection Cahiers d’Artistes” by Pro Helvetia in 2013. His art practice focuses mainly on kinetic and interactive programs, objects and installations. For his residency, …

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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