Residencies 2023/24

Residencies are not awarded for

  • Education and further education projects, projects grants
  • Doctoral theses
  • Direct applications from countries in Central and Southeast Europe
  • Direct applications from countries outside Europe
  • Costs for studio space not provided by the Landis & Gyr Foundation

*Additional requirements for Bucharest and Sofia
Unlike the studios in London, Budapest and Zug, which are independently run, the studios in Bucharest and Sofia are affiliated with the local Institutes for Advanced Study (New Europe College NEC Bucharest and the Center for Advanced Study CAS Sofia, respectively).

The following additional requirements must therefore be met:
Very good English-language skills; interest in engaging with the region and with the arts and social sciences; willingness and ability to take part in Institute activities. Grant recipients are also expected to play an active role at the Institute through project work.

General information and application requirements

The Landis & Gyr Foundation awards residencies to Swiss artists and cultural professionals for extended stays in Budapest, Bucharest, London or Sofia, where they pursue a project in one of the following areas:

  • Film (directing, screenwriting)
  • Literature
  • Composition
  • Cultural criticism/curatorships
  • Theatre (directing, dramaturgy, playwriting)
  • Visual arts

New: Residencies for Swiss writers and translators 
The Foundation awards one- to three-month residencies in Zug to literary writers and translators. The small Weissenbach studio is reserved for these residencies. The stay is for individuals only. Good German or English language skills are a requirement for a stay in Zug.
Conditions regarding Covid-19: Anyone that has been vaccinated twice within the last 12 months with a vaccination approved in Switzerland can take up a residency in Zug. Furthermore anyone that has recovered from a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months (using a covid certificate) can also take up a residency (version November 30, 2021).

Who may apply
Applications are accepted from Swiss artists and cultural professionals as well as non-Swiss artists and cultural professionals whose official residence has been in Switzerland for three or more years at the time of submitting the application. Prerequisite for all applicants is an outstanding record of achievement in one of the disciplines named above. Residencies are not designed to support artists at the start of their careers. There is no age limit. 

Past recipients of a Landis & Gyr grant (residency, travel grant or artist grant) must wait at least three years before submitting a new application. The reference date is the date the final report was submitted. Persons who have unsuccessfully applied for a grant three times must wait three years before applying again. The reference date is the date the final report was submitted.

Evaluation criteria

  • Level of artistic proficiency: artistic record of achievement and potential
  • Need and motivation: the planned artistic activities, personal and artistic relationship to Bucharest*/Budapest/London/Sofia* as well as the added value the residency has for future artistic development

What the Landis & Gyr Foundation offers
Recipients of a residency may use the Foundation’s house in London or a flat in Zug, Budapest, Bucharest or Sofia free of charge. In addition, grant recipients receive a monthly stipend to cover living costs (London: CHF 3300 including travel expenses; Budapest/Bucharest/Sofia: CHF 2000 or Zug: CHF 2300 plus a one-time allowance for travel expenses). The studios offer quiet space to live and work. They are not suitable for a stay with children. Applicants may apply to one location only; a suitable time period (including a second priority) must also be named.

Final submission
The application must include the following documents:

  • Documentation/portfolio of artistic career and activities including curriculum vitae (max. 3MB)
    (Please also provide a list of any grants and awards received to date, as well as previous residencies. All links in the document must be set as hyperlinks.)
  • Letter of motivation/reason for application (max. 3MB)
  • Project/description of plans during the residency (max. 3MB)

Applications are accepted in German, French, Italian and English. German is the language of correspondence.

Selection process
The application documents must be submitted by 31 January 2022 at the latest. Confirmation of receipt will be sent via email by mid-February 2022.

All applications submitted will be reviewed, then submitted to the Foundation Board. Applicants who are not shortlisted will be informed in writing at the beginning of April 2022 (information sent to the address given in the application). The final decision on awarding a residency is communicated in writing by the Foundation Board by the end of May 2022.

No further information is given on the selection process.

Contact
Evelyne Lohm, grant coordinator, 041 725 23 58
evelyne.lohm@lg-stiftung.ch (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)

Residencies 2023/24
Application deadline: Monday, 31 January 2022

(in German)
London
Houses on Smithy Street 1-5, East London
Living and working space
Artist's studio
Back garden Smithy Street 1-5

London

The Landis & Gyr Foundation’s accommodations in Smithy Street in Whitechapel/Stepney (East London) include: five small studio houses, a spacious studio for visual artists and a workspace with acoustic isolation for composers.

Budapest
Budapest: view of the Raoul Wallenberg guesthouse (red-brick building)
Interior of the Raoul Wallenberg house

Budapest

The Landis & Gyr Foundation has a generous studio flat in the Raoul Wallenberg guesthouse in Budapest. The building is located in the historic castle district in the city centre.

Bucharest
View from the studio at New Europe College

Bucharest

Unlike the independently operated studios in London, Budapest and Zug, the studios in Bucharest and Sofia are affiliated with the local Institutes for Advanced Study (New Europe College NEC Bucharest and the Center for Advanced Study CAS Sofia, respectively). The following additional requirements must therefore be met: very good English-language skills; interest in engaging with the region and with the arts and humanities; willingness and ability to take part in Institute activities. It is also expected that grant holders play an active role in the Institute through project work. 

The Landis & Gyr Foundation has a studio flat in New Europe College NEC on Strada Plantelor in the city centre. The building houses the New Europe College NEC and Fellows.

http://www.nec.ro

Sofia
Sofia

Sofia

Unlike the independently operated studios in London, Budapest and Zug, the studios in Bucharest and Sofia are affiliated with the local Institutes for Advanced Study (New Europe College NEC Bucharest and the Center for Advanced Study CAS Sofia, respectively). The following additional requirements must therefore be met: very good English-language skills; interest in engaging with the region and with the arts and humanities; willingness and ability to take part in Institute activities. It is also expected that grant holders play an active role in the Institute through project work. 

As of 2017, the Landis & Gyr Foundation has been offering annual three- to four-month stays in Sofia. The studio flat is provided and managed by the Center for Advanced Study CAS Sofia.

http://www.cas.bg

Zug
Artist's studio
View into the garden of the Convent Maria Opferung
Living and working space (2-room flat)

Zug

In an annex of the Convent Maria Opferung in Zug, the Landis & Gyr Foundation operates a studio house with three studio flats and one studio flat with a separate workspace. The studio flats are reserved for Central and South-Eastern European authors and translators as well as for Swiss authors and translators.

New: Residencies for Swiss writers and translators 
The Foundation awards one- to three-month residencies in Zug to literary writers and translators. The small Weissenbach studio is reserved for these residencies. The stay is for individuals only. Good German or English language skills are a requirement for a stay in Zug.

Residencies are awarded to individuals from Central and South-Eastern Europe by invitation only. (No direct applications.)

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