Shifting Places

Shifting Places is an initiative assisting artists affected by war to continue their work in Switzerland. The initiative is addressed to artists who have either fled to Switzerland from war or who are still living in war affected countries. It is built around three main pillars of artistic work. Networking. Creating. Sharing. Shifting Places is implemented together with various cultural partners.

Shifting Places
Initiated by artlink and supported by
the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
August 2022-March 2024, pilot project

Shifting Places gives professional artists and cultural practitioners in the fields of design, interactive media, literature, music and performing arts the possibility to continue their professional activity and to pursue their practice in the artistic scene of Switzerland. artlink understands artistic creation as a way of life, of perceiving the world, of dealing with it and of communicating. Artists do not only work for themselves, but rather for an audience, and often in exchange with peers.

The initiative has emerged in response to the war in Ukraine; however, it intends to include artists and cultural practitioners from all other regions and countries at war. Artists and cultural practitioners in war zones often find the working conditions on site have become hard, sometimes life-threatening - forcing them to leave their country.

Shifting Places aims at

  • assisting artists who have fled war or still reside in countries at war to continue their work
  • connecting these artists to the cultural landscape of Switzerland and providing platforms to showcase their work in the artistic scene



is based on the idea...

that artists can only fully understand and settle in the cultural environment in exchange with peers and other cultural practitioners. Meet! offers both digital and physical exchange opportunities for artists that have fled to Switzerland. By enabling artists to connect and exchange with peers, Meet! is designed to support the development of a network in Switzerland. Meet! sets first steps for the artists to discover the Swiss cultural landscape.


One-to-One offers virtual one-to-ones. At its core lies the principle of establishing peer-to-peer support; artists with a experience of migration who have built their career in Switzerland advise newly arrived artists on their path to navigating the Swiss cultural landscape.

  • Do you want to become acquainted with the new cultural landscape?
    These artists arrived some time ago in Switzerland and have established their artistic career here. Get in touch!

Meet you Peers

Meeting Points

Meeting Points offer both physical and virtual opportunities for exchange. Physical meetings are get-togethers with fellow artists to visit an exhibition, concert or performance and share thoughts over a shared meal. The virtual forum provides artists with an online space for exchange: to share their experiences, discuss challenges and opportunities. Each meeting will be hosted by a peer artist or cultural practitioner who has a particular knowledge that can help to gain artistic ground in Switzerland.

  • Do you want to connect with peers over a cultural event? Are you interested in meeting event organisers?
    Check out the schedule below and send us an email to be part of the next get-together. The event ticket as well as the travel expenses will be covered by artlink. Please be aware that the places are limited. First come, first serve!

    Quick tip: Follow us on social media to stay tuned for upcoming meeting points.
  • Would you like to meet your peers virtually and ask practical questions about your life in Switzerland?
    Check out the schedule below and send us an email to join the next event.


  1. CLOSED || Meeting Point #18

    Kunstmuseum / Kunsthalle Appenzell, Appenzell
    09.03.2024 | 12:00

    Join us for a guided tour around Plattform 24 exhibition at the Kunstmuseum / Kunsthalle Appenzell in the city of Appenzell and a shared meal.

    Every year, Plattform provides an insight into the work of emerging Swiss artists. The exhibition shows new works by selected Bachelor and Master graduates from art schools in Switzerland. Initiated in 2007 by Charlotte Matter, Andreas Mattle and Reto Thüring, the exhibition series has been held annually ever since and has been realized in partnership with the Helvetia Art Prize since 2011.

    The Kunstmuseum / Kunsthalle Appenzell represent modern and contemporary art and a classical concert programme. With their varied exhibitions and programmes, the two museums form an important meeting point in Appenzell and are dynamic places for encounters, cultural experiences and the sharing of ideas.

    Join the Meeting Point!
  2. CLOSED || Meeting Point #17

    Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
    01.02.2024 | 18:00

    Join us for a shared meal and the dance performance Le Recueil des Miracles by Louis Schild and Claire Dessimoz at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne.

    The tarantella: frenzied dance, spirited music, a secular ritual celebration to cure women of spider bites. A social trance to bring the community together outside of the purview of authority. Musician Louis Schild and choreographer Claire Dessimoz relate this southern Italian dance to punk, another transgressive and political genre of music and dance. They bring together a group of artists for a dynamic plunge into this particular form of expression, this legitimate or “demented” release.

    Learn about the performance and Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne:

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  3. CLOSED || Meeting Point #16

    Haus der Elektronischen Künste, Basel
    10.12.2023 | 11:00

    Join us for a shared meal and a guided tour around the exhibition Indistinct Realities at the HEK in Basel.

    The exhibition Indistinct Realities presents artists from the tri-national region who deal in their works with the construction of realities and the shifts in the perception of our reality.

    Who can still identify what is real when texts, images, or entire visual worlds can be designed with artificial intelligence at the click of a computer button? AI makes it increasingly difficult to discern what is reality or what is fiction or pure imagination. The works in the exhibition take us into virtual environments and digital constructions of reality.

    HEK (House of Electronic Arts) in Basel is dedicated to digital culture and the new art forms of the Information Age. Since 2011, the institution has been central to the creative and critical discourse on the aesthetic, socio-political and economic effects of media technologies.

    Learn more about HEK:

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  4. CLOSED || Meeting Point #15

    Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur
    25.11.2023 | 11:00

    Join us for a shared meal and a guided tour around two exhibitions at Fotostiftung Schweiz: Werner Bischof - Unseen Color and Rosellina - Living for Photography.

    Fotostiftung Schweiz is a private non-profit foundation, devoted to preserving, researching and conveying photographic works. It primarily collects photographic works related to Switzerland, from the beginnings of photography to the present day.

    Werner Bischof (1916–1954) is one of the most significant Swiss photographers of the 20th century. With his dedicated photojournalism and iconic images in striking black-and-white aesthetics, he gained international recognition at an early stage. The exhibition is a journey through Bischof’s world of colors and showcases a largely unknown area of the work of the great Swiss photographer.

    In parallel, Fotostiftung Schweiz and the Rosellina Archive present the exhibition Rosellina - Living for Photography. As a founding member of Fotostiftung Schweiz, Rosellina Burri-Bischof (1925-1986) played a central role in the history of photography in Switzerland.

    Learn more about the exhibitions:

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  5. CLOSED || Meeting Point #14

    Theater Spektakel, Zürich
    31.08.2023 | 17:00

    Join us for an apero and a performance L’homme rare by Nadia Beugré (Abidjan, Montpellier) in the frame of the Theater Spektakel festival in Zürich.

    In her piece, the Ivorian choreographer and performer playfully exposes a complex entanglement of bodies and our reactions to them. She focusses on urban dance styles which reflect gender-specific codes of movements.

    Full of playfulness and humour, the voyeuristic perspective of L’homme rare invites the audience to question any preconceived ideas of masculinity and identity

    Founded in 1980 as an annual international meeting of independent theatre groups, the Zürcher Theater Spektakel quickly evolved into a cultural event of international appeal. Today it ranks among the most important European festivals for the contemporary performing arts.

    Learn more about the performance:


    Join the Meeting Point!
  6. CLOSED || Meeting Point #13

    far° festival, Nyon
    17.08.2023 | 18:00

    Join us for a a shared meal and a performance Water, l'atterrée des eaux vives by Castélie Yalombo (CG, BE, ES) in the frame the far° festival in Nyon, Canton Vaud.

    In her performance, Castélie Yalombo reflects on the ambivalence of mixed-race bodies, torn by the friction between different categories of belonging. In a visceral dance show, she bears witness to stories, memories and places in which her body becomes, in spite of itself, an artefact of stories of domination, displacement, exile and hope.

    The 39th edition of far° festival, entitled effervescences, will take place from 9 to 19 August in Nyon. It defines its self as a year-long on-going project which aims to explore the performing arts.

    Learn more about the festival and the performance:

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  7. CLOSED || Meeting Point #12

    MAMCO Geneva - Musée d’art moderne et contemporain
    03.06.2023 | 11:30

    Join us for a shared meal and a guided tour around two exhibitions at MAMCO Geneva: "Pictures&After" and "AGORA".

    Since its opening in 1994, the MAMCO Geneva (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain), has developed an original form of museography.The museum mainly works with the art from since 1960-s. Devoted to the art of our era, it places art and artists at its hearth and is addressed at all publics. It offers historical journeys through several exhibitions articulated around a main project, renewed three times a year. Established in a disused factory, purchased by the City of Geneva, the spaces of the MAMCO are spread over 3,500 m2, thus making it currently the largest museum devoted to contemporary art in Switzerland.

    More about MAMCO and exhibitions:

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  8. CLOSED || Meeting Point #11

    Bee-Flat, Bern
    10.05.2023 | 18:00

    Join us for a shared meal and a concert by Yalla Miku Band at Bee-Flat/Turnhalle, Bern

    A meeting between musicians from North and East Africa and well established artists from the Geneva underground, Yalla Miku celebrates cultural encounters. It borrows as much from Gnawa and Eritrean folklore as from Krautrock and electro-trance.

    Yalla Miku honours this meeting of cultures by specifically drawing attention to those points of contrast between different traditions, voices, and instruments, creating a lively, polyphonic conversation that gives each musician the freedom to improvise and tell their own story.Learn more about Bee Flat and Yalla Miku:

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  9. CLOSED || Meeting Point #10

    Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne
    29.04.2023 | 11:00

    Join us for a shared meal and a guided tour around "Jardin driver #2 Poems of Changes" exhibition at Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne.Curated by Simon Würsten Marin, the second iteration of Jardin d’Hiver(Winter Garden), the biennial show devoted to the region’s contemporary art scene, will explore questions of change, instability, and vulnerability, while showcasing the variety seen throughout the artists’ modes of expression.

    Learn more about MCBA and the exhibition

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  10. CLOSED || Meeting Point #9

    Virtual Forum
    25.04.2023 | 16:00

    E-Meeting with Zarina Tadjibaeva, an actress and a singer. She will share her experiences with the Swiss performing arts scene and answer all your questions.


    Zarina grew up in the former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan in Central Asia. After living and studying in Germany, she has settled down in Switzerland and has been active there as a singer and actress for many years now.Learn more about Zarina:

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  11. CLOSED || Meeting Point #8

    Alte Reithalle, Aarau
    31.03.2023 | 18:00

    Join us for a shared meal and the dance performance Father Politics by Company MEK/Muhammed Kaltuk at Alte Reithalle, Aarau.

    Muhammed Kaltuk is the shooting-star of contemporary urban dance, his style the authentic dance language of a young, angry generation. In his award-winning dance piece "Father Politics", his company MEK unmasks the emotionalization of politics through the opinion-making and polarization of political advertising campaigns.

    Learn more about the performance:

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  12. CLOSED || Meeting Point #7

    Virtual Forum
    27.02.2023 | 15:00

    E-Meeting with Sarah Girard, director of the photography festival 'Bieler Fototage'. She gives insight into the organisation of a big festival and answers your questions about the Swiss photo scene.

    For over twenty years Sarah Girard has been working as a photographer, art educator and consultant. She is the director of one of the most important festivals of emerging photography in Switzerland. It takes place every year in May.

    Learn more about Bieler Fototage:

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  13. CLOSED || Meeting Point #6

    MBAL – Musée des beaux-arts du Locle, Le Locle
    18.02.2023 | 12:00

    Join us for a a shared meal and visit at the MBAL in Le Locle, Canton Neuchâtel.

    Since its reopening in 2014 the MBAL has increasingly established itself as a reference institution in Switzerland. Its programming, that offers three temporary exhibitions per year, succeeds in combining "an aura of excellence with a spirit of discovery" and therefore attracting a wide audience.

    Learn more about the MBAL:

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  14. CLOSED || Meeting Point #5

    Virtual Forum
    15.12.2022 | 16:00

    E-meeting with Keabetswe Boccomino, Visual Art Curator & Director at AFRINOVA. She will talk about her practice as a curator in Switzerland and will answer your questions about the Swiss visual art scene.

    Since its founding in April 2020, AFRINOVA is a creative community platform aimed at showcasing a new and authentic experience of art & design from Africa and the diaspora. It represents emerging artists who have exhibited on various international platforms, i.e., Swiss ArtExpo. Her newest exhibition, "Take Back Your Keys", is open from 26.11.22 to 01.01.23 in the frame of Regionale 23, in Projektraum M54 in Basel.

    Learn more about Afrinova:

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  15. CLOSED || Meeting Point #4

    Gessnerallee, Zurich
    17.12.2022 | 18:00

    Together we enjoy the contemporary dance performance Chænelings by and with Kiran Kumãe, Mamela Nyamza and Lucie Tuma.

    Occultism, Dance, Magic. In Chænelings Lucie, Kiran and Mamela deal with occult and mediumistic practices. The work combines spiritual with technical media - and thus undermines the boundaries between a cosmology that underlies science and the worlds beyond modernity.

    Learn more about Gessnerallee:

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  16. CLOSED || Meeting Point #3

    Kunsthalle, Basel
    04.12.2022 | 15:00

    Under the title We are so many here, the artists of the association board of the Basler Kunstverein exceptionally curate this year’s Regionale at Kunsthalle Basel. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Kunsthalle Basel, more than 50 artists are brought together in a polyphonic, colorful, and resonant presentation. Come along to enjoy the exhibition and exchange with peers.

    Learn more about Kunsthalle Basel:

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  17. CLOSED || Meeting Point #2

    Dampfzentrale, Bern
    28.10.2022 | 18:00

    Join us for a shared meal and the performance The Goldberg Variations by Platform-K, Michiel Vandevelde and Philippe Thuriot (Belgium)

    When baroque meets post-modernism, supposedly incompatible worlds are on a collision course. The performance is part of the international dance festival at Dampfzentrale, Bern.

    Learn more about Dampfzentrale Bern:

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  18. CLOSED || Meeting Point #1

    Virtual Forum
    10.11.2022 | 16:00

    E-meet Dimitri Witzig, Lawyer at Berner Rechtsberatungsstelle für Menschen in Not, and ask him all your questions during the 90 minutes session.

    Dimitri Witzig has studied law at Zürich University and now specialises in Asylum and Social Welfare Law. Amongst other things he will talk about the Status S in Switzerland.

    Learn more about Rechtsberatungsstelle Bern:

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enables artists...

who have fled to Switzerland to establish further connections and to start working within the new environment. Work! is directed at artists who have escaped to Switzerland, settled in and are keen to restart their professional activities in the cultural sector.

This subprogramme offers the two types of opportunities Associated Artists and Observer. Please note that WORK! is limited to artists who have alegal residency status allowing them to work. Find more info about status S.

Associated Artists

Associated Artists is set up in partnership with various Swiss cultural institutions, offering artists a residency, a fellowship or a collaboration, within the framework of their already existing programme. The artists will receive per diems, and their incurred travel expenses will be covered by artlink. Please note that the Associated Artists' offers may vary in length and conditions, depending on the host.

  • Would you like to develop a new project or continue working on a former one?
  • Are you looking for a residency, a fellowship, or a creative collaboration with Swiss artists and venues?
    Check out open opportunities below. If you have questions regarding the application processes, please contact us.


  1. CLOSED || Residency @ Kaserne Basel

    Submission Deadline


    ➜ Submission Deadline: 15.02.2024

    ➜ Residency duration: 01.03.- 30.04.2024

    ➜ Send your letter of motivation and CV in English or German to

    The grant covers per diems and travel expenses inside of Switzerland. Accommodation is included. In addition, a production budget can be made possible under certain conditions. In the case of a show, this can cover expenses for materials or fees for guest artists, for example.

    Please note that basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages is mandatory for all applicants: English or German.This residency program is for a single person only.

    The Kaserne Basel is one of the most important major centers of the independent contemporary theater, dance, performance and popular music scene in Switzerland. It is an important partner for the local, national and international theater and dance scene and, as a co-producer, continuously promotes the development of independent theater and dance companies as well as young talents from Basel, Switzerland and internationally. To this end, Kaserne Basel offers various residency formats for national and international artists in the fields of theater, dance, music and performance in order to create a creative space for experimentation, exchange and networking.

    In addition to the use of the two rehearsal stages and a flexible workspace, Kaserne Basel offers a newly renovated studio with its own bathroom in the main building (kHaus). The kitchen is shared with employees of the house and local artists. A person employed specifically to look after the artists offers general support, accompanies the processes and serves as an additional networker for local contacts.

    In addition, the local residency program Kaserne LAB provides a direct connection to the Basel art scene the invited artists in residence. In Kaserne LAB, five local artists work at the house for one year and can use the rehearsal stages together with the resident artists in a self-managed manner.

    We are looking for interested artists who are willing to spend 2 months in Basel to deepen their artistic work on stage, who would also like to bring a research project with them, and who want to build new networks with an open personality and curiosity. Please note we do not offer a studio space for the visual arts.

    Your profile:

    ● You have a convincing track record in the arts in the field of theater, dance, music and/or performance.

    ● You are willing to engage with Swiss culture and are interested in networking locally with other cultural professionals

    ● You work independently on your project.

    ● You are interested in sharing your work at the end of your stay on one of our rehearsal stages as a part of a showing.

    Learn more about Kaserne Basel
  2. CLOSED || Residency @ PROZESS, Bern

    Submission Deadline


    Submission Deadline: 20.11.2023

    ➜ Residency duration: 15.01.-11.02.2024

    ➜ Send your letter of motivation and CV in English to

    ➜ The grant covers per diems and travel expenses inside of Switzerland. Accommodation is included.

    Please note that basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages is mandatory for all applicants: English or German.

    PROZESS is a cultural venue that offers space for contemporary art with a focus on research and production. It supports artists from the fields of music, theater, dance, literature, film and visual arts. At its core are national and international residency programs, calls for research and production, tryout stage, steady gig series and other formats. Artists and cultural mediators are offered space for new cultural formats.

    Besides the public venue, PROZESS is offering a studio, mainly equipped to work on sound but multifunctional in its use. Both the studio and the venue are located in an artist-friendly environment with other artists & creatives (musicians, film makers, architects, curators, developers). In the same building PROZESS owns a small but cozy one room artist apartment with a shared kitchen. We support our residents with our network in the local art scene.

    With this residency we want to provide space for your research and practice as an artist in the fields of visual arts, performance, music, film and literature. The program may offer a new and different perspective on existing works, practices, ideas. The call is not based on a specific project, however it will help us knowing a bit on what you want to work and what you require to make your stay the best way it can be. At the end of your stay we encourage you to share your work in a public moment, be it a performance, exhibition, reading, concert.

    Your profile:

    ● You have a convincing track of record in the arts

    ● You work independently on your projects

    ● You are looking for a calm place to work and a basic setup for your practice, adapted to your specific needs

    ● You are willing to share your work in our venue to a public at the end of your stay.

    Learn more about PROZESS
  3. CLOSED || Residency @ La Becque, Vaud

    Submission Deadline


    ➜ Submission Deadline: 30.6.2023

    ➜ Residency duration: 01.09.-30.11.2023

    ➜ Send your letter of motivation and CV in English to

    ➜ The grant covers per diems and travel expenses inside of Switzerland. Accommodation is included.

    Please note that basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages is mandatory for all applicants: English, French, or German.

    Located on the shores of Lake Geneva between Vevey and Montreux, close to all of Switzerland's cultural and natural attractions, La Becque | Artists Residency hosts artists from all walks of life. Residents are invited to develop their project in an exceptional living and working environment.

    La Becque’s residency program offers its residents time for reflection, rather than focusing on artistic production. Deeply convinced of the importance of such moments in the artistic process, La Becque is primarily interested in facilitating the phases of research, reflection, and other modes of transition, rather than capitalizing on creation. Our aim is not to build up a collection, but rather to support artists in their long-term development.

    This residency program welcomes applications from:

    ● professional artists working in a wide range of disciplines. It pays particular attention to projects that explore the interplay between nature, the environment, and technology, notions that are more intertwined than ever and that lie at the heart of contemporary concerns.

    ● duos, couples, or collectives can apply but collective applicants should take into consideration that their members will share facilities (one apartment and, where appropriate, one exclusive or shared studio space).

    Learn more about La Becque
  4. CLOSED || Residency @ Rote Fabrik, Zürich

    Submission Deadline


    ➜ Submission Deadline: 31.5.2023

    ➜ Residency duration: 01.10.-31.12.2023

    ➜ Send your letter of motivation and CV in English to

    ➜ The grant covers per diems and travel expenses inside of Switzerland. Accommodation is included. Production budget is provided as well.

    Please note that basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages is mandatory for all applicants: English or German.

    The Rote Fabrik Cultural Center offers a wide range of opportunities for cultural participation in a unique place on the lake of Zürich. In doing so, it constantly takes up new currents and offers opportunities for cultural creation in diverse genres. Current discussions are held here and space is given to socially critical culture, and benefit and solidarity events take place.

    Rote Fabrik is allocating a work studio in Zürich to a professional artist for a period of 3 months. The artist will be provided with a generous studio space, apartment, artistic environment and general support. With this Artists in Residency program Rote Fabrik encourages intercultural exchange in the fields of visual arts, dance, theatre, music, film etc. This program offers an artist the opportunity to gather refreshing impressions while immersing themselves in a new environment, extend their network and develop their artistic practice. The artist is free to spend their time as they see fit (e.g. research, artistic exchange, developing and producing new work etc.). At the end of the stay the public will be invited to an open studio, during which the artist can present their work in a fitting format of their choosing.Your profile:

    ● You have a convincing track of record in the arts

    ● You are be willing to engage with the culture of Switzerland

    ● You have proficient language skills (English or German).This residence program is designed for one person only. Due to limited space and resources, which are not suitable for an artist collective, Rote Fabrik unfortunately cannot consider group applications in its selection process. Artists who have already been guests in this program within the last two years are not eligible to apply. Thank you very much for your understanding.

    Learn more about Rote Fabrik
  5. CLOSED || Residency @ Gastatelier Gleis 70, Zürich

    Submission Deadline


    ➜ New submission Deadline: 15.5.2023

    ➜ Residency duration: 4.7.-30.8.2023

    ➜ Send your letter of motivation and CV in English /German to

    ➜ The grant covers per diems and travel expenses inside of Switzerland. Accommodation is included.

    Please note that basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages is mandatory for all applicants: English, German, or French.


    Gleis 70 is located in the industrial area of Zurich Altstetten in a former factory building. Artists, musicians, designers, writers, graphic designers, dancers, filmmakers, and social enterprises work here. They are organized as a cooperative and have been offering funded residencies to international artists and designers since 2013.

    The guest studio is a private apartment with living/working space, kitchen and bathroom (50m2 in total).

    The studio is furnished: Shelves/desks/chairs/bed/sofa, towels, kitchen supplies, etc. An in-house washing machine can be used. There is a free wifi. A bicycle is available.

    There is a restaurant on the roof terrace, open during the day from 9 am - 4 pm. Grocery stores are nearby, public transportation at the front door.

    The studio is wheelchair accessible.

    Even though Gleis 70 is located on the outskirts of the city of Zurich, the center with a wide range of cultural offerings, galleries, museums, libraries, colleges, universities, etc. is easy and quick to reach.

    Unfortunately, the studio is not intended for musicians, performing artists, or sculptors, but other visual artists, designers, writers or curators are very welcome. Gleis 70 is a team of four artists who take care of our guests in everyday questions, establish contacts or support them in the realisation of project ideas.

    Learn more about the Gastatelier Gleis 70
  6. CLOSED || Residency @ Villa Sträuli, Zurich

    Submission Deadline


    ➜ Submission Deadline: 14.2.2023

    ➜ Residency duration: 14.4.-14.7.2023

    ➜ Send your letter of motivation and CV in English to

    ➜ The grant covers per diems and travel expenses inside of Switzerland. Accommodation is included.

    Please note that basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages is manadatory for all applicants: English, German or French.


    Established in 1999, Villa Sträuli is a non-profit contemporary art center in the city of Winterthur, Canton Zurich, supporting artistic practice and encouraging interdisciplinary approaches as well as creating bridges between a local and international public and long lasting cooperations.

    Villa Sträuli’s residency program has a cross-disciplinary focus. It welcomes artists from all disciplines (music, visual arts, performance, literature, new media, film, photography) but also curators and art critics.

    As a space for artistic creation, production, and dissemination of contemporary art, Villa Sträuli facilitates the free transfer of knowledge through interdisciplinary work and the exchange of artistic and curatorial projects.

    The team of professionals is focused on developing strategies for collaboration and the integration of residents into various networks and platforms in the city of Winterthur and Zurich, as well as on finding opportunities for residents to anchor in new areas.

    Staying at Villa Sträuli means:

    ● To receive professional support and personal guidance.

    ● To work collaboratively.

    ● To be nurtured by the exchange with the other artists in residence and with the local art scene.

    ● To immerse in the intense, cultural life of the city of Winterthur.

    ● To participate in Villa Sträuli’s diverse public cultural program including exhibitions, talks, concerts, screenings, lectures, meet-the-artist events, etc.

    ● To get technical support and advice from a professional team in research, production, and post-production of works.

    Learn more about Villa Stäuli
  7. CLOSED || Residency @ Cima Città, Ticino

    Submission Deadline

    Send your letter of motivation and CV in English to

    The grant covers per diems and travel expenses inside of Switzerland. Accommodation is included.

    Please note that basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages is manadatory for all applicants: English, German or French.

    Cima Città is an interdisciplinary residence in a old chocolate factory in the Ticino Alps. Cima Città stands for retreat, inspiration, concentration, and exchange. Curious and committed voices from art, science, and society come together here. Cima Città sees itself as a nucleus for the development and exchange of collective answers to pressing questions of our time. The residence, in its unique surroundings, inspires, connects and asks for bold ideas for futures worth living.

    Cima Città is, above all, a place that lives through its guests and a large network of members, interested people, neighbors, and friends.

    Learn more about Cima Città
  8. CLOSED || Residency @ far° Nyon, Vaud

    Submission Deadline

    Send your letter of motivation and CV in English to

    The grant covers per diems and travel expenses inside of Switzerland. Accommodation is not included.

    Please note that basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages is manadatory for all applicants: English, German or French.

    Since 1984 far° Nyon is known for its live arts festival which takes place every summer for approximately ten days. far° defines 'live arts' as "works activated by artists in front of an audience, including dance, performance, theatre, workshops, lectures." Their work is articulated around the axes of creation, artistic accompaniment, cultural participation and co-creation.

    The residency FAR° seems particularly interesting for artists who:

    ● Situate their work in live arts (dance, performance, theatre).

    ● Need little technical support in their artistic work.

    ● Propose approaches that can be integrated into the territorial and social context.

    ● Are concerned with ecological and social sustainability and the questions of care.

    ● Want to experiment new modes of presentation to broaden the notion of live arts (artists from other artistic disciplines are welcome if they wish to explore live arts as an artistic mode of expression).

    Learn more about the Festival et Fabrique d’Arts vivants Nyon

Observer is a programme that offers artists insight into cultural organisations, an internship. Venues, organisers, and cultural practitioners invite artists to work with them for a minimum of four weeks. The internship will be paid, travel expenses related to it will be covered by artlink.

  • Do you want to gain insight into the cultural sector of Switzerland?
    Check below for current openings. If you have questions regarding the application processes please contact us.


  1. CLOSED || Internship @ bee-flat IM PROGR, Bern

    Submission deadline


    ➜ Submission Deadline: 31.8.2023

    ➜ Internship duration: 1.11.-31.12.2023

    ➜ Send your letter of motivation and CV in English/German to

    ➜ Internship compensation includes a monthly honorarium and travel expenses inside of Switzerland.

    Please note that basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages is mandatory for all applicants: English or German.


    The cultural institution bee-flat im PROGR is one of the most important platforms for contemporary music in and around Bern and has a strong impact on the national scene.Located in the PROGR in the centre of Bern, it is a place for hospitality where music lovers can meet and connect. Two times a week it presents high quality music that is fresh and innovative and search for new and exciting artistic intersections.

    Your tasks:

    ● You will be working in several areas: Production, Communication, Volunteer Management and Mediation.
    ● Assisting the volunteers with various evening tasks (ticketing, backstage catering, bar).
    ● Assisting the production team on concert evenings (hosting, greeting the artists).
    ● Assisting with marketing tasks (distribution of posters, social media).
    ●Assisting with mediation concerts (school concerts, family concerts).

    Your profile:

    ● You join the team with a creative mind.
    ● You are independent and organised.
    ● You are interested in cultural management and music.
    ● You are a team player.

    bee-flat offers:

    ● A creative and open team.
    ● An insight into cultural management as part of a well-established venue in Bern.
    ● Free entry to all concerts during the time of your internship.
    ● A working space in our office in the center of Bern.
    ● Flexible working times (40% a week).

    Learn more about bee-flat IM PROGR
  2. CLOSED || Internship @ Gessneralle, Zurich

    Submission deadline


    ➜ Submission Deadline: 31.5.2023

    ➜ Internship duration: 1.9.-31.10.2023

    ➜ Send your letter of motivation and CV in English /German to

    ➜ Internship compensation includes a monthly honorarium and travel expenses inside of Switzerland

    Please note that basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages is mandatory for all applicants: English or German.


    Gessnerallee is a venue for theatre, dance, performance, music, and community projects. As a co-producer of selected projects and as a partner for local and global productions, Gessnerallee is one of the largest stages for the independent performative arts in Switzerland.

    Your work area:

    ● You will accompany the program team during 2 months in the daily work of program design and execution: conversations with artists, rehearsal visits, team meetings, network meetings, performance visits, etc.
    ● You will get to know the independent performing arts scene in Zurich and expand your network.
    ● Ideally, you will do independent research, get actively involved in conversations, contribute your perspective and help shape things.

    Your profile:

    ● You are interested in theater, dance, and performance. Ideally, you have already gained experience in dramaturgy or curation.
    ● You speak fluent English or German.
    ● Flexible working hours - including evenings and weekends - are no problem for you.

    Learn more about Gessneralle


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