Here ! Am

Here! Am offers opportunities and services to support artists with refugee and migration experience who have recently relocated to Switzerland. Here ! Am encourages these artists to pick up on their artistic career as fast as possible. They enrich Switzerland in terms of divers aesthetic, cultural, political and social perspectives.

WHY HERE ! AM?

With Here ! Am artlink aims to...

  • increase the participation of artists with migration experience in the cultural landscape of Switzerland (e.g. in cultural productions, expert commissions, juries, boards, etc.) and expand their fields of opportunities
  • strengthen cultural management and network competences of artists with migration experiences
  • engage the local public with divers aesthetics and cultural perspectives
  • raise awareness within the cultural landscape of Switzerland to the needs and production realities of artists with migration experience

WHO IS HERE ! AM FOR?

Are you a professional artist? Did you recently relocate to Switzerland? Is it a challenge for you to decode the local cultural landscape? Are you not sure how to realise your projects or how to find access to a professional network?

Then Here ! Am is for you!

WHO DOES HERE ! AM PARTNER UP WITH?

Here ! Am regularly partners up with different cultural organisations in Switzerland. Current partners include: artFAQ Zürich, Bureau des Compagnies Geneva, Kompass Bern, KulturHub Basel, Helvetiarockt

Check out our different opportunities and join Here ! Am now!

CONNECT! offers you the opportunity to meet and exchange with peer artists and to network with other stakeholders from the field of arts and cultures.

MEETING POINTS

Events

  1. MEETING POINT #4: OPEN

    Neues Theater Dornach, Dornach
    29.08.2024 | 18:00

    Join us for a shared meal and the object theater and performance After All Springville by Miet Warlop (Belgium) at Neues Theater Dornach.

    With After All Springville, a crazy theatre happening lands in Dornach. The protagonists: an elegant running table that wants nothing more than to be set, a man who wants to take out the rubbish, a frustrated fuse box, a smoking house and a very long pair of trousers. Together we experience big and small dramas with varying degrees of slapstick and disaster potential. With the lightness of a comic film, the performance tells the tragic story of a failed community. Director and visual artist Miet Warlop has been populating international stages for over 20 years with her absurdly colorful characters, vivid objects and spectacles of form and color.

    After All Springville is a part of the Theaterfestival Basel programme. The Theaterfestival Basel takes place every two years and brings highlights from dance, theatre, performance and music.

    Learn about the performance and the Theaterfestival Basel:

    https://www.theaterfestival.ch...

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  2. MEETING POINT #3: CLOSED

    Galerie Durchgang, Basel
    14.06.2024 | 16:30

    Join us for a shared meal and the panel discussion & networking in the frame of the "[W]Here Now" exhibition at the Galerie Durchgang organized by Afrinova as a part of HerirtageConcept24 program in Basel.

    The "[W]Here Now" group exhibition is an interdisciplinary showcase by 11 African & diasporic artists exploring the theme of "living waters" as a symbol and vessel of our collective narratives, histories, and futures.

    The international panel of invited creatives & experts will share their knowledge on the role of art & heritage. The panel will discuss the theme of Art X Community and the emergent modes of curation and artistic development derived from a community-centred approach.

    HeritageConcept24 invites to experience Africa’s rich artistic heritage uniquely positioned at the intersection of an evolving community, creative industry and global dialogue. The innovative space taps into the interconnected culture of creativity & heritage through an interdisciplinary experience of exhibitions, art archival tours, panel talks and workshops during ArtBasel week.

    Learn more about the exhibition and HeritageConcept24:

    https://heritageconcept.co/W-H...

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  3. MEETING POINT #2: CLOSED

    Bad Bonn Kilbi, Düdingen
    30.05.2024 | 15:00

    artlink and Helvetiarockt are jointly organizing an informal exchange and networking round on 30 May 2024 with a walk to the Bad Bonn Kilbi, an aperitif on the grounds and then listening to music together.

    Learn more about the festival:

    https://kilbi.badbonn.ch/2024/...

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  4. MEETING POINT #1: CLOSED

    Bühne Aarau, Aarau
    21.04.2024 | 18:30

    Join us for a shared meal and the music & dance performance The Spotlight by Astronata at Bühne Aarau.

    Singer and performer Nata Smirina and musician and DJ Ilya Misyura have been living in Aarau for a year and a half. They fled the war in Ukraine. After a period of uncertainty and agony, they reinvented themselves with "The Spotlight". In their musical theater, they are looking for a way to regain their inner light when they have lost it.

    The Spotlight is an interactive stage performance that gets to the heart of the uncertainties of our media-influenced present with soulful electronic music, powerful images and touching texts - and makes it clear how important it is to adopt your own perspective on the path to inner light.

    Learn about the performance and Bühne Aarau:

    https://www.buehne-aarau.ch/pr...

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artlink Directory

The artlink Directory is a digital gateway for artists, mostly from Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Eastern Europe living and working inside and outside of Switzerland.

The artlink Directory is for you! As an artist, it helps you:

  • Showcase your work to relevant audiences
  • Expand social and professional networks through a community of support
  • Connect with peers and potential collaborators
  • Keep in touch with contacts you may have met through artlink
  • Gain access to professional development opportunities

How can I join the artlink Directory, you might ask? All you need to do is submit an application. Sign up today, it’s free!

LEARN! offers you digital workshops and physical exchanges to learn more about the funding landscape of Switzerland, your legal rights and must-do's as an artist working in Switzerland. LEARN! strengthens your entrepreneurial skills such as writing application and so on.

SATELLITE OFFICES

artFAQ is the production platform for dance, theatre and performance in the region of Zürich. artFAQ gathers and shares knowledge based on practical experience.

In the Bureau des Compagnies artists can come and ask questions, get advice and also meet other artists and build their network.

KOMPASS is a free advisory platform that supports artists in realising their visions and ideas. With this low-threshold offer, the contributors want to help as many artists as possible to put their plans into practice.

KulturHub answers all your questions about projects and budgets, the organisation of an association, submission deadlines, concept letters, and much more.

WORK! is set up in partnership with various Swiss cultural institutions, offering opportunities to further develop your artistic practice and to present your work.

RESIDENCIES

Events

  1. RESIDENCY #1: CONNECT&CREATE @ WOERDZ & NEUBAD, LUZERN

    Submission deadline
    30.06.2024

    CONNECT&CREATE - Residency for Exiled Spoken Word Artists

    What is CONNECT&CREATE?

    CONNECT&CREATE is a residency program by woerdz, Neubad Luzern and artlink. It gives exiled authors the opportunity to concentrate on their workin the studio apartment at Neubad Luzern from 30 September to 17 November 2024.

    The spoken word festival woerdz takes place from 23 to 26 October 2024 and presents around 60 artists from the field of spoken word. It is the sixth edition of the festival. During the residency, woerdz and Neubad serve you as networking and presentation partners.

    Who is CONNECT&CREATE for?

    The residency program is for artists who left their home countries and are currently living in Switzerland in exile. In particular, the residency grant is reserved for authors from the field of spoken word, authors with a great interest in a performing their own texts or artists from other disciplines who are interested in staging their literature. For the stage and not thepage is our credo.

    ➜ Submission Deadline: 30.06.2024

    ➜ Residency duration: 30.09.- 17.11.2024

    ➜ To apply send the following documents in English, German or French to residency@woerdz.ch: letter of motivation and a brief description of your current work, documentation of work including text samples or links to websites or videos, your CV.

    ➜ The grant includes: living in a studio flat at Neubad Lucerne, invitation to woerdz - The Spoken Word Festival in Lucerne (a performance at the festival is not guaranteed), free access to the cultural program at Neubad Lucerne, support from woerdz and Neubad Luzern staff (networking, organisation etc.), a flat-rate financial contribution for additional expenses during the residency (CHF 50 / day).

    LEARN MORE ABOUT WOERDTZ FESTIVAL & RESIDENCY
INTERNSHIPS

Events

  1. INTERNSHIP #1: TBD