Up to 3 months
Southern Africa, Switzerland
March 1, 2020
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A residency (of up to 3 months) for artists from Southern African in Switzerland, or conversely, for Swiss artists in a Southern African country, provides the chance to gain broad insight into a different cultural environment. The aim of the residency is to find inspiration, establish networks and contemplate new projects and collaborations with local partners and artists. In addition to a place to work and accommodation, we will provide specific advice and practical support in navigating this different context. The Swiss Arts Council covers the costs of travel, insurance and per diem expenses. Production costs can be covered to some extent, upon request. Applicants may benefit three times in total from a Pro Helvetia studio residency.
The Southern African region includes the following countries:
Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
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 possible. Residency applicants are invited to consider, but are not limited to, the below list of partner organisations.
Atelier Mondial | Basel
Founded in 1986, Atelier Mondial (previously the International Studio and Exchange Program of the Basel Region) supports interdisciplinary regional and international artist residencies and exchange through an adjudicated grant programme and in parallel with an international network of partners. The residency house aims to promote intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue, and is located at Freilager-Platz 10 in Dreispitzareal, across the street from the Academy of Art and Design Basel and above the House of Electronic Arts.
Antigel Festival | Geneva
Since 2011, the annual Antigel Festival has taken place in winter in unusual venues and spaces in the municipality of Geneva. The festival features an international programme focusing on music, dance and performances with special focus programme platforms including ‘Africa, What’s Up?’. Antigel organises short residencies focused on collaborative production, feeding into the festival programme.
Embassy of Foreign Artists | Geneva
Located in Geneva, the Embassy of Foreign Artists was founded in 2012 and provides much-needed affordable housing for visiting artists and performers, studio, exhibition and performance spaces as well as an international interdisciplinary residency programme. Embassy of Foreign Artists accommodates all stages of creative production across disciplines, from research trips to presentation of finished work.
Gleis 70 | Zurich
Since 2014, the Gleis 70 artist cooperative has offered a live-in studio for visiting artists to pursue independent projects with the possibility of networking within and outside the house. Gleis 70 is located in Zurich with approximately 130 studios spread over 6 floors. It offers its members affordable studio space and the diverse mix of tenants work across creative and artistic disciplines.
PROGR | Bern
Since 2004, PROGR art centre has provided working space for artists and cultural institutions with over 80 studios housed in an historical building in the centre of Bern. The house provides a door-to-door working environment with public exhibition and performance spaces on the ground floor.
Residency.ch | Bern
Since 2012, the association Resiency.ch has offered an international residency programme for visual artists at PROGR art centre in Bern. Visiting artists are accommodated on the top floor of the house with access to studio space and amenities. Guest artists are selected by the cooperation partners in consultation with the executive board of the association.
Rote Fabrik | Zurich
Since 2008, the IG Rote Fabrik has hosted foreign artists working in the fields of visual arts, dance, theatre, music and film for studio residencies. Each year, three artists are selected from the Pro Helvetia liaison office network and one artist is selected by Rote Fabrik directly. With its unique lakeside location in Zurich, the Rote Fabrik is an expansive centre for cross-disciplinary artistic production and presentation.
August House | Johannesburg
August House is situated in Doornfontein, an un-gentrified area of the inner city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The building provides private studios and open-plan spaces to a diverse community of contemporary visual artists as well as hosts regular Open Studio events where artists engage directly with the public. Two simple live-in studio apartments are available in the building for visiting artists.
Association of Visual Arts | Cape Town
Located in the heart of Cape Town, the Association of Visual Arts (AVA) is a non-profit membership-based art gallery dedicated to promoting the discursive and experimental nature of contemporary art and contributing to the ‘open texture’ of the South African art community. The AVA hosts visiting artists from the continent and abroad within a nine to sixteen-week residency format with accommodation at Greatmore House in Observatory. A studio space in the AVA gallery is provided and visiting artists are supported in hosting workshops, performances or unconventional presentations. Local mentoring from university professors, curators and arts professionals can be arranged. Residencies conclude with an exhibition.
Bag Factory Artists’ Studios | Johannesburg
The Bag Factory houses seventeen artist studios, a lithography print studio and exhibition space in the un-gentrified area of Fordsburg in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Bag Factory is one of the original partners in the global Triangle Network, with residencies forming an important area of the organisation’s programme. Two studios are reserved for visiting artists, who are encouraged to engage and network with resident artists, host an open studio exhibition at the end of their residency and lead an outreach workshop during their stay.
CultureArte | Maputo
Established in 1998 by choreographer Panaibra Canda, CulturArte functions as a centre for the development of contemporary performing arts and particularly dance in Maputo. Working with a regional, continental and global network, CultureArte has supported the development of a new generation of choreographers, dancers and independent dance companies in Mozambique.
Greatmore Studios | Cape Town
Located in Woodstock in Cape Town, South Africa, Greatmore Studios provides studios for visual artists and hosts regular artist-led workshops, residencies and outreach programmes.
La Teinturerie | Antananarivo
La Teinturerie is a vibrant multidisciplinary artist hub in Antananarivo, Madagascar, dedicated to promoting contemporary art, exchange and collaboration between artists and the surrounding public. Is’Art Galerie is the only contemporary art gallery in Madagascar, and besides providing an exhibition space, hosts regular workshops, training and residency programmes. La Teinturerie welcomes visiting artists working in all disciplines and encourages networking, collaboration and skills sharing with local Malagasy artists.
Kin ArtStudio | Kinshasa
Established in 2011, Kin ArtStudio has recently moved into a new space on a main arterial route in the centre of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Previously a fabric factory, the new space accommodates more than 15 artist studios together with a large project and exhibition space, library and technical studios. Kin ArtStudio focuses on visual arts disciplines as well as other forms of contemporary expression, and hosts regular regional and international artists and curators on residencies. In 2019 Kin ArtStudios organised the inaugural Congo Biennale.
Modzi Arts | Lusaka
Modzi Arts in Lusaka, Zambia, aims to strengthen the local art scene by providing a platform for creative people – amateur or professional – to develop and present their work. The organisation provides space for exhibitions, performances, workshops and events, as well as training in western and traditional musical instruments and the visual arts. Modzi Arts looks to especially empower disadvantaged groups, specifically women and youth. Modzi Arts has a regional residency programme run through open calls and closed exchanges with partner organisations.
Nafasi Art Space | Dar es Salaam
Since it was founded in 2008, Nafasi Art Space in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, has built from the ground-up a thriving artistic ecosystem of studios, exhibition and performance spaces. Nafasi provides opportunities for learning and collaboration between emerging and professional artists in Tanzania and gives audiences a place to experience and appreciate arts and culture. The Nafasi artist collective, which drives the activities of the space, is home to 60+ member artists working in 37 studios. Nafasi regularly hosts visiting residency artists from the region.
Njelele Art Station | Harare
Njelele Art Station is an independent project space located in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe, established in 2013 by artist Dana Whabira. Named after a sacred shrine and located on the oldest street of the city, Njelele acts as an urban laboratory that focuses on contemporary, experimental and public art practice. Njelele has a regional residency programme and professional exchanges for artists, curators and writers, concerned particularly with questions around publication/s, libraries and archives.
Nzango Artist Residency | Maputo
The brainchild of Matchume Zango, Nzango Artist Residency was built between 2008 and 2014. The residency includes accommodation for 16+ people, a rehearsing space, instrument construction and a professional recording studio in a semi-rural location on the outskirts of Maputo, Mozambique. Nzango Artist Residency offers a creative place and different cultural environment to professional musicians, students of music and lovers of music from around the world, where people can work, learn and develop their ideas in music; being, sleeping and establishing the contact with the local artistic movement. The residency also serves as a rehearsing space for dance and theatre artists.
The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative | Mpumalanga
The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) is a leading dance organisation in South Africa. Based at the Ebhudlweni Arts Centre on a farm in rural Mpumalanga, FATC is strongly committed to mobilising the arts as a vehicle for personal and social transformation. FATC hosts visiting artists who work in all art disciplines in a range of residency formats. Accommodation is provided in simple self-catering cottages powered by solar energy and gas, and residency artists have access to the centre’s facilities and dance studios.
- Convincing track record: professional activity extending beyond local/regional level
- Clear, contextually relevant motivation
- Adequate relevant foreign language skills
Applications must be written in English and can be submitted via www.myprohelvetia.ch. Residencies for 2020 have been awarded. Applications for 2021 close 1 March 2020.