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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.

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

Li Shuang | 2020 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

June 22-Sept.12, 2021 | Music

Li Xing | 2020 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Basel Partner organization: Musikerwohnhaus Guitarist, composer, and music producer Li Xing was born in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia in 1987, and started learning guitar at the age of 12. He has drawn the sound languages such as Psychedelic Rock, Prog/Avant Rock, Free Jazz and Sound Art from different environments to form his …

Country of residency: Switzerland

April 6 to June 27, 2021 | Visual Arts

Cheng Xinhao | 2020 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Zurich Partner organization: Gleis 70 Cheng Xinhao was born in Yunnan Province in 1985, where he currently lives and works. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Peking University in 2013. Focusing on his hometown, Xinhao’s works are usually based on long-term field study. With videos, installations, photographs and the presence …

Country of residency: Switzerland


Lucie Tuma | 2020 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Partner organization: TBD Lucie Tuma is an artist, choreographer, and dancer who lives and works in Zurich. She studied dance and theater in Prague, Montpellier, and Giessen, and then founded the duo Chuck Morris in 2008. Her productions encompass dance performances, seminars, books, and time-based sculptures. Her works have been presented at festivals and …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Visual Arts

Peter Aerschmann | 2020 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Partner organization: TBD Peter Aerschmann, born 1969 in Fribourg, lives and works in Bern. He studied computer science at the University in Basel and art at the University of the Arts, Berne (1994-1999). He is the initiator and co-founder of the PROGR foundation in Bern and Residency.ch Peter Aerschmann works …

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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