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Open Call | Residencies for creative practices engaged with political, social, environmental issues

International residency program in Geneva for creative practices and hybrid projects.


The Embassy of Foreign Artists is a Geneva-based residency program for creators and researchers involved in artistic, cultural and hybrid projects. Given Geneva’s global role as a city with many NGOs and international institutions, EoFA wish to offer residencies to people working on projects involving political, social and global issues that would benefit from this unique surrounding.

Switzerland’s distinctive political stance allows Geneva to flourish in a space removed from international tension. Reflection and dialogue amongst nations are welcomed, whether it be political, scientific or economic.

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.  

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.

Duration of residency

3 or 6 months

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

The EoFA residency programme is a site for cross-disciplinary research and creativity in Geneva. Our spaces foster all stages of the creative process, from initial experimentation and reflection to the showcasing of finalised work. The conception and production are important stages and we offer the public the possibility to follow them and to engage with the artists in order to better understand their practices.

The Embassy of Foreign Artists consists of 4 bedrooms, common areas to be shared with other residents: a bathroom, kitchen, dining room and living room. Rooms are accessed by an outdoor corridor.

The Embassy of Foreign Artists offers residencies for periods of 3 or 6 months and can host four residencies at a time. Three grants are provided by the Canton and Republic of Geneva. Grants are allocated by a jury once a year on the basis of projects submitted.

The residency includes:
  • A private room as well as a working space and access to common areas shared with other residents;
  • A residency of three to six months (the desired length of stay must be specified on the Application Questionnaire);
  • A grant of CHF 1’200 per month for the duration of the stay.
  • Applicants must come from one of the following fields: performing arts, visual arts and applied arts (plastic art, dance, theatre, music, literature, cinema, etc.).
  • Cultural practitioners active in the research of contemporary cultural practices such as curators, play writers, stenographers or from other fields and applied disciplines (architecture, design) are also invited to apply.
Candidates must respond to the following criteria:
  • Be above the age of 28 in the year of the residency.
  • Be in possession of a wide range of creations, publications and performances at a professional level;
  • Not be currently registered in a basic artistic training course;
  • Not be living in Geneva/Geneva region;
  • Speak fluently english.
  • Accept and agree to pay costs related to their travel and artistic production.
Fees and support

The residency includes:

  • A private room as well as a working space and access to common areas shared with other residents;
  • A residency of three to six months (the desired length of stay must be specified on the Application Questionnaire);
  • A grant of CHF 1’200 per month for the duration of the stay.
  • Applicants must come from one of the following fields: performing arts, visual arts and applied arts (plastic art, dance, theatre, music, literature, cinema, etc.).
  • Cultural practitioners active in the research of contemporary cultural practices such as curators, play writers, stenographers or from other fields and applied disciplines (architecture, design) are also invited to apply.

Expectations towards the artist

  • Be above the age of 28 in the year of the residency.
  • Be in possession of a wide range of creations, publications and performances at a professional level;
  • Not be currently registered in a basic artistic training course;
  • Not be living in Geneva/Geneva region;
  • Speak fluently english.
  • Accept and agree to pay costs related to their travel and artistic production.

Application information
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM AND RULES.
THOSE DOCUMENTS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FROM 1ST TO 30TH OF APRIL
DEADLINES ARE THE 30 APRIL FOR RESIDENCIES NEXT YEAR.

The application form can be found on their website only from the 1st to 30th of April.Your cover letter must explain why and how your project will benefit from this residency and if you are considering a partnership, please provide a cover letter or other documents or exchange with your local partner.