Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst

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Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst is located in the Rathaus für Kultur, a cultural center in Lichtensteig, a small city (affectionately called Städtli by the inhabitants) and municipality in the heart Toggenburg region. Lichtensteig belongs with its 1900 inhabitants to the smaller municipalities of Switzerland. Nevertheless, with an area of around 2.82 square kilometers, it is larger than the countries of the Vatican and Monaco together. Lichtensteig has a historic center, is surrounded by a city wall, accessible by public transport (train, bus, post bus) and is an hour?s drive from Zurich Airport and Lake Constance.

Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst provides living- and workspace for 12 artists yearly. Up to five artists can be admitted per month. Dogo is a unique combination of art production, exhibitions, mediation and a growing digital collection. Dogo builds a bridge in cooperation with the municipality of Lichtensteig, the local schools and cultural organizations between the art world and the inhabitants of Toggenburg.

The premises of the residency include an appartment with five rooms, a kitchen, a living area and a bathroom, an exhibition space and a shared studio outside of the house. In the house there are also studios and rehearsal rooms as well as the Rathausstube, a bistro that invites you to linger.

The artists receive a scholarship of 500 CHF. The costs for accommodation and studio space is covered. A stay lasts at least two, maximum five months.

Residency Programme since: 2019
Description of Organisation:

The Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst is unique combination of art production, exhibtions, art mediation and a growing digital collection. The apartment at Rathaus für Kultur offers a living space for five young artists from around the world. They live and work during two, four or six month periods on site. The artspace at Rathaus für Kultur enables the artists to show the works they produce to an audience. The program enables the artists using the space to experiment with the exhibition of works-in-progress. The shared studio at the converted gym allows for the production of large-scale works. Dogo’s mission is to promote artists who want to develop their artistic practice and works. The location allows for a variety of responses from residents. Lichtensteig uniquely combines an urban and a rural character. The building itself is situated on a lively street within a bustling neighbourhood. Within walking distance industrial buildings are encountered, from which point on the hilly landscape begins. The small size of the municipality promotes art production in all kind of ways. Among other things, it serves as object of projection, a catalyst for thoughts and interventions. The exchanges created with the community are at least as important as the personal development of the artists themselves. This is the way to create works that transcend place, medium and time, and while containing and responding to questions that are anchored in the present.

Organisation founded in: please choose
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
  • German
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 4
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Film-making
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Sound recording studio
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Woodworking tools
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): 500 CHF
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Other
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Zurich
    Nearest Train Station: Lichtensteig
    How to reach by plane: Zurich
    How to reach by train: Lichtensteig
    Street & Number: Hauptgasse 12
    Postal Code: 9620
    City: Lichtensteig
    Country long: Switzerland
    Hauptgasse 12
    Lichtensteig 9620 CHE
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