Stadtgalerie im PROGR Waisenhausplatz 30 P.O. Box 8318, 3001 Bern
Mittwoch-Freitag: 14-18 Uhr
Samstag: 12-16 Uhr
With its ideal location at PROGR, a center for cultural production in the heart of Bern, the Stadtgalerie offers ideal conditions for cultural exchange. Through a collaboration with partner cities and Pro Helvetia (the Swiss Arts Council), we invite foreign artists and curators to live and work at PROGR, a studio house for artists, painters, actors, filmmakers, musicians, photographers and graphic designers in a lively cultural and social setting.
We host individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds for several months in Bern and provide them with an opportunity to experience a new and unfamiliar culture and environment. The selected residents are usually provided airfare to Switzerland, a transport allowance for domestic travel, a room within the international residency apartment, a monthly perdiem, an amount for production, and, if required, a studio or working space. The program offers basic funding and infrastructure to facilitate production and presentation, but equally gives residents an opportunity to take a step back from their practice, reconsider established ideas, seek opportunities for exchange, and react to a new environment. Stadtgalerie does not embark residents on a pre-established schedule, but seeks a dialogue with them to find the best solution for their individual needs. It offers help and advice on living and working in Switzerland, provides contacts and invidiual coaching, and assists residents with the organization of presentations, exhibitions and events.
Candidates are selected on the basis of recommendations from Pro Helvetia and other partners. Stadtgalerie does not accept applications; instead, they have to be submitted through our partner institutions. In the case of Pro Helvetia, their offices in Warsaw, Cairo, Cape Town and New Delhi offer further information (www.prohelvetia.ch). Candidates need to demonstrate an exceptional artistic potential and a fluency in English, German or French. Stadtgalerie expects incoming residents to be curious and open-minded towards their new environment, and encourages projects that seek to engage with the observations, experiences and new contacts gathered during the residency. Besides, artists are expected to independently manage and develop their ideas and interests in Switzerland.
Previous residents: Sameh al Tawil, Egypt | Kyle Shepherd, South Africa | Kemang Wa Lehulere, South Africa | Nicolas Grospierre, Poland | Bharathesh G.D., India | Tomas Rafa, Slovakia | Meera Menezes, India | Paribartana Mohanty, India | Lerato Shadi, South Africa | Tomas Zmeskal, Czech Republic | Vytautas Michelkevicius & Lina Michelkevice, Lithuania | Ahmed Kamel, Egypt | Rael Artel, Estonia | Marge Monko, Estonia | Baptist Coelho, India | Maia Gusberti, Switzerland | Ronny Hardliz, Switzerland | Mahmoud Hanafy, Egypt | Rody Gorman, Ireland | Nayla Dabaji & Ziad Bitar, Lebanon | Joanna Rajkowska, Poland | Rosa Mesa & Thomas P. Proffe, Canada | Eva Jiricka, Czech Republic | Donny O’Rourke, Scotland | Romin Sadighi & Sepideh Samii, Iran | Abhishek Hazra, India | Athi-Patra Ruga, South Africa | Thomas Glatz, Germany | Les Freres Chapuisat, Switzerland | Jiri Thyn, Czech Republic | Svatopluk Mikyta, Slowakia | Hadel Nazmy, Egypt | Zbynek Baladran, Czech Republic | Mohammed El Sawwah, Egypt | Jakub Hosek, Czech Republic | W. Apollinaire & V. Mwilambwe, Kinshasa | Annette Schröter, Germany | Peet Pienaar, South Africa | Mahmoud Refat, Egypt | Effi & Amir, Israel | Fatoumata Diabate, Mali | Dida Zende, Germany