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Artist in Residence Contours

Residencies: Call for 2023 applications is now open!

Application deadline: 1 March 2022

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the annual call for applications for the Pro Helvetia residency programme!

Residencies aim to foster creative exchange between artists and cultural practitioners in Switzerland and their counterparts in Southern, East, Central and West Africa. Residencies provide artists the opportunity to live and work for an extended period of time in a different cultural environment, to build international networks, gain inspiration and develop new projects and collaborations.

“[Residencies] allow for a time of concentration and dedication. The sometimes familiar, narrow context of home recedes into the background, making space for the new, the undiscovered. This can lead to new tracks in one’s practice, to new knowledge and sometimes to new friends. The foreign sharpens the gaze. The artist residency confronts you with your own understanding of art and culture, expands your network and, in the best case, your horizon.” 

Claudia Kübler, artist in residence, 2021

Pro Helvetia Johannesburg supports residencies of up to 3-months for artists and cultural practitioners from Southern, East, Central and West Africa in Switzerland, and for their counterparts in Switzerland in these regions on the continent.

Interested in applying for a residency in 2023?

Find out more about the application process and selection criteria


Artwork by Duduetsang Lamola (blk banaana]

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.