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The Pro Helvetia residency programme aims 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.


Cultural practitioners from Southern, East, West and Central Africa can apply for residencies in Switzerland, while cultural practitioners from Switzerland may apply for residencies in Southern, East, West or Central Africa, (see the full list of possible countries on our website).

The residency programme is open to artists and cultural practitioners (curators, writers, etc.) working in the fields of visual arts, design and interactive media, music, literature and performing arts, as well as arts practitioners with a transdisciplinary focus. 


Residencies have a maximum duration of three months. Pro Helvetia provides accommodation, travel costs, a daily allowance, professional guidance, a workplace (on request) and a contribution towards production/material costs (on request).

  • Convincing track record: professional activity with a national / transregional reach
  • Context-related motivation
  • Sufficient knowledge of English
  • Concrete exchange project with a lasting impact

Application must be submitted in English, via the online portal myprohelvetia.

DEADLINE: 1 March 2023

For more information, please visit Pro Helvetia.

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