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Call for Studio Residency 2021

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The call for Studio Residency 2021 is open now. Artists from Switzerland can spend a studio residency (max. 3 months) in China, and conversely, Chinese artists can spend a residency in Switzerland.

The aim of the residency is:

  • To gain a broad insight into a different cultural environment
  • To establish networks
  • To contemplate new projects or collaborations with local partners and artists.

The residency includes:

  • travel costs and per diem
  • accommodation (depending on the place in a classical residency space or in a flat)
  • workspace (on request)
  • professional advice and support
  • to some extent, production costs (on request)
  • health insurance (for residencies in Switzerland)
Selection criteria
  • convincing track record: personal artistic activity above and beyond the regional level
  • context-related motivation
  • adequate foreign language skills

Applications for studio residency in 2021 can be submitted until March 1, 2020 via www.myprohelvetia.ch. The studio residencies for 2020 have already been assigned. Applications must be written in English.

Applications from Swiss artists for two different offices abroad regions are possible. Two separate and complete applications must then be submitted. The maximum number of applications granted under this call is one per person.

Further information on Pro Helvetia Shanghai homepage www.prohelvetia.cn, and follow wechat account pro_helvetia.

residency OVERVIEW

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia maintains a network of regional liaison offices in China, Russia, Egypt (for the Arab region), India (for South Asia), and South Africa (for Southern African countries). In order to enhance cultural exchange and artistic collaborations between Switzerland and these regions, Pro Helvetia offers residencies in both directions.

Swiss artists and cultural practitioners (e.g. curators, event organisers, mediators) in the areas of music, literature, visual arts, design and interactive media, theatre and dance are eligible to apply. Through the liaison offices, Pro Helvetia also facilitates residencies in Switzerland for artists and cultural practitioners from China.

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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.

Check out Quotes from previous Chinese artists who have returned from their residency programs in Switzerland. For the studio residency finalists of 2020, finalists of 2019, and finalists of 2017 and 2018, please click in to view.

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

Chen Haishu | 2019 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 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 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 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 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

In China

A4 Art Museum, Chengdu

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

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

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.

China Academy of Art, Hangzhou

Founded in 1928 as the first art academy with complete academic programs in China, China Academy of Art is in active dialogue with the global art world. With Nanshan Campus being finished in 2003, and Xiangshan Campus being fully functional in 2007, covering an area of 1000 hectares and total space of 300,000 sqm, the academy now has three beautiful and well-equipped campuses in Hangzhou.

Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen

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

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.

JZ Club/ School, Shanghai

JZ Club Launched in 2004, and has become the most representative of the jazz scene in China. The house presents everything from classical Standards, buoyant Swing, to refreshing vocals and modern Jazz Rock.

Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai

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

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

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

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

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.

Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Shanghai

Launched in 2005, a new art & design institute located in the center of SongJiang University town in Shanghai. Under the umbrella of SIVA are seven schools: Design, New Media Art, Fine Art, Performing Arts, Cultural Creative Industrial Management, etc.

Studio Gallery, Shanghai

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

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% residents come from abroad.

In Switzerland

Atelier Mondial, Basel

Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva

Gleis 70, Zurich

Rote Fabrik, Zurich

Stadtgalerie, Bern   

Villa Sträuli, Winterthur

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