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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.3-Feb.16, Mar.7-Apr.13, 2020 | Visual Arts

Gilles Jacot | 2020 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Partner organization: Studio Gallery Gilles Jacot, born in 1990, lives and works in Zurich. He works in the field of visual art via various media such as oil painting, sculpture, and installation. His apprenticeship as an architectural model builder taught him how to take distance from, observe and simultaneously focus …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Jan.17-Feb.16, 2020 | Visual Arts

Shen Chen | 2020 Research Trip

Nationality: China Trip location: Zurich, Geneva, Wintherthur, etc. Since its inception in 2014, the Power Station of Art’s Emerging Curators Project (ECP) is committed to empowering China’s young curatorial and art forces with a fertile land of growth. Marking the beginning of this new collaboration, Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council will sponsor a one-month …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Jan.16 to Feb.6, 2020 | Visual Arts

Kwok Ying | 2020 Research Trip

Nationality: Hong Kong, China Trip location: Wintherthur Kwok Ying has been invited by Pro Helvetia Shanghai to participate in the 2020 edition of the Plat(t)form project conceived by the Fotomuseum Winterthur as an international expert. She will review the portfolios of emerging artists, visit local art institutions, and engage in networking with the Swiss art …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Visual Arts

Augustin Rebetez | 2020 Research Trip

Nationality: Switzerland Trip Location: Guangzhou After his previous stay in Southern China for an exhibition in Shenzhen, Augustin Rebetez is conducting a one-month research trip in Guangzhou. He has the idea of ​​realizing during this period an unprecedented corpus of photographs and videos, while using local resources and collaborating with the Cantonese artistic network. Augustin …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Literature, Visual Arts

Bettina Spoerri & Miklós Klaus Rózsa | 2020 Research Trip

Nationality: Switzerland (and Hungary) Trip location: Shanghai Partner organization: TBD The writer and publicist Bettina Spoerri, and the photographer and video producer Miklós Klaus Rózsa will come for one month to Shanghai in 2020 to make a research for their multimedia project «Anna in Shanghai». This project is on the first level a novel – …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Mid May-Mid July 2020 (Changed into) Home Not Alone Residency, Summer 2021 in China | Visual Arts

Alan Bogana | 2020 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Partner organization: Chronus Art Center Alan Bogana, born in 1979, currently lives and works in Geneva. Bogana’s art practice involves sculpture, time-based media and holography, and his works are often presented in the form of installations. His artistic research reflects on the mediating role that imaging technologies and popular science …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Dec.8, 2020-Feb.28, 2021 | Visual Arts

Li Tingwei | 2020 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Basel Partner organization: Atelier Mondial Li Tingwei was born in 1989 in Yantai, China and now based in Shanghai and Berlin. She graduated from Universität der Künste Berlin and had previously studied at Hunter College MFA program and Tongji University. She holds the title of Meisterschuelerin of the Berlin University of …

Country of residency: Switzerland

April/May 2020 | Visual Arts

Salvatore Vitale | 2020 Research Trip

Nationality: Switzerland Trip location: Shanghai Partner organization: TBD Salvatore Vitale, born in 1986 in Italy, is a Swiss-based visual artist and editor. He studied Fine Arts at the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK), and is a professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). Vitale received the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia’s …

Country of residency: Mainland China


Vincent Ruiz | 2020 Research Trip

Nationality: Switzerland Trip location: Shanghai, Inner Mongolia Partner organization: TBD Vincent Ruiz, born in 1990, is a Swiss musician and composer. Ruiz is known as a double bass player who has been active in the field of jazz, free improvisation, experimental music, and is a regular member of the Insub Meta Orchestra. He studied upright …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Oct.1-Dec.23, 2020 | Visual Arts

Li Shuang | 2020 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Geneva Partner organization: Embassy of Foreign Artists Li Shuang is an artist based in Yiwu, China. Graduated with an MA in media studies from New York University in 2014, she is most interested in the power of “medium as massage”. Li Shuang has held solo exhibition at Open Forum, Berlin (2019), …

Country of residency: Switzerland



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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