Grants

We support artists and cultural practitioners across disciplines with funding schemes promoting a broad range of artistic practices and intercontinental collaborations.

South Culture Fund

On behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) artlink manages the grant scheme South Culture Fund, which facilitates access to the Swiss cultural market and to professional networks for artists and cultural practitioners based in Africa, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe (Non-EU countries).

South Culture Fund supports individual artists, art groups and collectives as well as cultural promoters and institutions working in the visual arts, performing arts, written arts and culinary arts. The South Culture Fund specifically welcomes transdisciplinary projects and collaborations.

The South Culture Fund only supports projects by artists from countries and territories eligible for official development assistance (ODA). Artists from SDC partner countries are given priority for support. The list of all eligible countries as well as an overview of the South Culture Fund beneficiaries of the last years can be found in here.

The South Culture Fund offers two types of funding opportunities:

  • The Ongoing Grant Programme accepts applications throughout the year.
  • The Call for Proposals Programme offers three grants targeting specific themes, practitioners, regions or disciplines and is intiated by artlink in cooperation with partners.

Ongoing Grant Programme

The Ongoing Grant Programme supports works and projects by artists across disciplines who are from and based in Africa, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe (Non-EU countries). This grant is exclusively for projects showcased in Switzerland in collaboration with a Swiss venue or partner. The programme supports residencies, literary translations, live performances, exhibitions, screenings and more. Applications for this grant scheme must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the event.

For specifics on the individual funding formats, for application guidelines and submission deadlines visit the South Culture Fund website.

Call for Proposals Programme

South Culture Fund issues three types of call for proposals each year: New Stage, Travel Network and Response. Each of these proposals targets a specific region, theme, practitioners and artistic practices. Call for proposals are intiated by artlink in cooperation with international partners.

Incubator: Call for Workshop Proposals

The Incubator saw six transdisciplinary artist-grantees and creatives from across the world, furthering their capacities in crafting, coordinating, and leading captivating virtual and in-person workshops on themes canvassing Food Futures, Migration and Mobility, Indigenous, Afro-Caribbean Cosmogonies, Gender & Equity and Climate Action.

With mentorship and collaborative guidance, the artist-grantees pushed boundaries, captivated diverse audiences, and left a lasting mark on their respective creative landscapes during the project from September 2023 to April 2024.

The Incubator is initiated by artlink on behalf of the South Culture Fund (Switzerland) in partnership with Meta Arts (India), Heritage Space (Vietnam), lugar a dudas (Colombia) and Global Landscapes Forum (Indonesia, Germany).

Artist Grantees and Their Workshops

Incubator Production Partners

  • Anna Denardin, Judith Sonneck, Global Landscapes Forum (DE/ID)
  • Arnab Banerjee, Meta Arts (IN)
  • Éricka Florez, lugar a dudas (CO)
  • Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, Heritage Space (VN)

Incubator Team

  • Flurina Rothenberger (CH), Lead Project Developer and Co-Curator
  • Bouke Mekel, WHIRL Productions (NL), Showcase Architect, 2D Art/Sound Designer, and Co-Curator
  • Asawari Jagushte, Star Hopper (IN), Partner Film Development
  • Tristan Broere (NL), 3D Models
  • Armin Luschin (DE), Boarding Software
  • Kavya Srinivasan (IN), Showcase Onboarding Scriptwriter
  • Vikramjit Sardar (IN), Showcase Onboarding Videoeditor
  • Jennifer Zhang (CN), Showcase Presenter
  • Nadina Bazzi (CH), Social Media Coordinator
  • Varoon Anand (IN), Interpreter (Spanish-English)
  • Uyên Bui (VN), Interpreter (English-Vietnamese)
  • Huyền Nguyễn Thị Thanh (VN), Interpreter (Spanish-Vietnamese)

The showcase’s construction utilised pre-existing 3D models hosted by Sktechfab courtesy of bariacg, anitatirts, PolyKameStudio, and Aliaksandr.melas.

VISIT THE VIRTUAL EXHIBITION 'INCUBATOR SHOWCASE'

Since September 2023, the grantees and partners of the INCUBAOTR: CALL FOR WORKSHOPS PROPOSALS have worked tirelessly on the production and realisation of their workshop ideas.

Get an exclusive insight into the artists' work and visit the showcase.

Current open calls within the Call for Proposals Programme can be found on this website. Once the call for a proposal is launched, grant documents outlining all application requirements can be found on the South Culture Fund website.

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Incubator: Call for workshop proposals

Selected applicants will receive a grant and be paired with an experienced partner who will provide professional guidance, advice and support in the production and implementation of the proposed workshop. Application requirements include a workshop proposal and letters of recommendation.

Who
: We invite artists that actively exercise a creative practice for 3 years or more that are from and living in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Djibouti, DRC, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Vietnam.

Field: All disciplines

Amount: Grant

Deadline: October 18, 2023

Partners: Initiated by artlink on behalf of the South Culture Fund in partnership with Global Landscapes Forum (Germany/Indonesia), Heritage Space (Vietnam), Lugar a Dudas (Colombia) and Meta Arts (India).

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And... Action!

The call is aimed at artists in the early stages of their careers and grants them at least two screenings at film festivals in Switzerland, France and Germany. Application requirements include a biography and a film work.

Who: We invite female filmmakers from Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra-Leone, Togo, Uganda.

Field: Film

Amount: Grant

Deadline: April 30, 2023

Partners: Initiated by artlink on behalf of the South Culture Fund in collaboration with Africlap Toulouse (France), Afrika Film Festival Cologne (Germany), Black Movie Geneva and Festival cinémas d'Afrique Lausanne (Switzerland).

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What are you working on?

This open call is aimed at artists staying in war zones offering an opportunity to continue creating and sharing your work with an international audience. Application requirements include a concept of a short video work, a biography, and work samples.

Who
: We invite video artists and filmmakers based in Ethiopia, Libya, Myanmar, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine to enter this open call. Application requirements include a concept of a short video work, a biography, and work samples.

Field: Film

Amount: Grant

Deadline: November 6, 2022

Partners: Initiated by artlink on behalf of the South Culture Fund in collaboration with Bieler Fototage, Kaserne Basel, FIT Festival Lugano, Coalmine Winterthur and the support of Cultureloop Network.

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100artists

We are inviting early career artists and art collectives working across all disciplines to submit their artist profile video.

Who: Artists and art collectives across all art forms who are both from and based in one of the eligible countries in Africa, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia and East Europe (Non-EU countries). The call for entries specifically supports artists and art collectives who are in the early stage of their careers with 2-10 years of professional experience.

Field: All disciplines

Amount: Grant of CHF 1,000

Deadline: May 8, 2022

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airtime!

airtime! will support a total of ten artists who are commissioned to produce a project to be featured as part of a special broadcast by our five partner Swiss radio stations.

Who: Artists or art collectives in the field of music and sound who are based and work in one of these countries (DAC List ODA Recipients) in Africa, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe (Non-EU countries).

Field: Music

Amount: Coverage of production costs

Deadline: February 10, 2022

Partners: Initiated by artlink on behalf of the South Culture Fund in collaboration with RadioX Basel, Radio RaBe Bern, Radio3Fach Lucerne, Radio Kanal Aarau und Radio Gwen Chiasso.