The Embassy of Foreign Artists (Switzerland) > Open Call for residencies: Opportunities for creative practices engaged with political, social, economic and environmental issues

Nested in the heart of Europe, yet remaining outside the EU, Switzerland, particularly Geneva, has been a place of asylum for intellectuals around the world over since the European wars of religion of the 16th century. Erasmus, Mikhail Bakunin, Hannah Arendt, Bertolt Brecht, Thomas Mann, Robert Musil and Paul Klee are just some of the noteworthy people to have lived in Geneva.

Switzerland distinctive political stance offer a setting removed from international tension and encourages reflection and dialogue, particularly Geneva. Reflection and dialogue amongst nations are welcomed, whether it be political discourse with the UN and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), scientific discourse with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), or economic discourse through the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). Geneva also hosts one of the largest centers for the trade of raw materials, the archives of The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and one of the most important storage facilities for art works in the world, the Free Ports. 

Taking into consideration the important influence of these fields on contemporary artistic practices, it is essential to give international artists as well as researchers and intellectuals the opportunity to come to Geneva to develop their research. This intellectual presence is also undeniably beneficial for the community as well as the standing of the city, the state, and the country on the global stage. These interactions benefit Geneva to a great degree.

The stay provides:
– A private room as well as a working space and access to common areas shared with other residents.
– A residency of three or six months (the desired length of stay must be specified on the Application Questionnaire).
– A grant of 1200.- Swiss francs per month for the length of the stay.

Deadline: 30 April 2018

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Photo @ Sasha Kurmaz, 2017