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Artist Residencies

With its central location at PROGR, a center for cultural production and studios for artists of all fields in the heart of Bern, the Stadtgalerie offers ideal conditions for a sustainable cultural exchange.

Artist in residence musicians playing at Stadtgalerie
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The Stadtgalerie is involved in different «Artist in Residence» programs. On one hand the Stadtgalerie runs its own Artist's residency, on the other hand it organizes «Artist in Residence» programs in collaboration with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. In addition the Stadtgalerie was part of the cultural exchange with the studio house Salzamt in Linz from 2013 until 2016.

The programs offer basic funding and infrastructure to facilitate production and presentation, but equally give residents an opportunity to take a step back from their practice to seek opportunities for exchange. The Stadtgalerie supports the residents with advice, provides contacts and assists with the organization of presentations of their work.

Artist’s residency Stadtgalerie

Every year for two months the City of Berne is offering a residency for artists from outside Berne (Switzerland or abroad) in the arts centre PROGR in Berne. The
interest in the residency in Berne has to be motivated by the past and current artistic work but it doesn’t have to be linked with a specific project.


Announcement / Open call

Atelierstipendium Stadtgalerie Bern (Atelier residency Stadtgalerie Bern), October/November 2020

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

Previous Residents

Sebastian Winkler, Germany
Julika Meyer, Germany

Cultural exchange Linz – Bern

Every year from 2013 until 2016 the Stadtgalerie invited an artist from Linz to come to Bern for a residency of 2 months and the studio house Salzamt invited an artist from Bern to come to Linz. 


Kramer / Hipfl (AT), Sereina Steinemann (CH)
Katharina Anna Loidl (AT), Miriam Sturzenegger (CH)
Rainer Noebauer-Kammerer (AT), Livio Baumgartner (CH)
Gregor Graf (AT), Alain Jenzer (CH)

Residency – Program Pro Helvetia

Candidates are selected on the basis of recommendations by Pro Helvetia. The Stadtgalerie does not accept applications. For application details please refer to the homepage of Pro Helvetia.

Pro Helvetia
Schweizer Kulturstiftung

Previous Residents

Moonis Ahmad Shah, India / Ye Funa, China
Nie Jun, China / Yasmine Elbaramawy, Egypt

Pierre-Henri Wicomb, South Africa /Mandla Mlangeni, South Africa / Shaunak Sen, India / Ehsan Ul Haq, Pakistan / Coco Zhao, China
Navin Thomas, India / Wang Wenwei, China / Situ Jiawei, China / Gabisile Motuba & Tumi Mogorosi, South Africa
Li Xianochuan, China
Ahmed Nagy, Egypt / Ahmad El Sawy, Egypt / Srinivasa Prasad, India / Shilpa Gupta, India / Kareem al Qurity, Egypt / Sameh al Tawil, Egypt
Kemang Wa Lehulere, South Africa / Kyle Shepherd, South Africa / Nicolas Grospierre, Poland
Bharathesh G.C., India / Tomas Rafa, Slowakia / Paribartana Mohanty, Indien / Meera Menezes, India
Lerato Shadi, South Africa
Before 2010:
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 Frères 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

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