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Artist in Residence

Studio Residencies: Call for 2020 applications is now open

Pro Helvetia Johannesburg supports 3 month studio residencies for artists from Southern Africa in Switzerland, or conversely for Swiss artists in Southern Africa. Studio residencies provide artists with an opportunity to gain a broad insight into a different cultural environment, to find inspiration, establish networks and contemplate new projects and co-operations. In addition to work space and accommodation, Pro Helvetia will provide specific advice and practical support in navigating this different context.

We work with a network of organisations that can host residencies in different urban centres in Switzerland and across the Southern African region.  We look to customise each residency according to the needs of the individual arts professional as far as posssible. Go the the Residency Network page to find out more about these organisations.

Applications for 2020 are now closed


Selection criteria

  • convincing track record: professional track record extending beyond local/regional level
  • clear, contextually relevant motivation
  • relevant and adequate language skills (English, French and/or German)
  • arts professionals from the following countries in the Southern African region may apply: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


Applications for a studio residency in 2020 can be submitted until March 1, 2019 via www.myprohelvetia.ch. Please note that studio residencies for 2019 have already been assigned. Applications must be written in English.

For information about current and previous artists in residence go here.


Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal (myprohelvetia.ch) by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.