The Embassy of Foreign Artists (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.
Nesled in the heart of Europe yet remaining outside the EU, Switzerland and particularly Geneva have been, since the European wars of religion of the 16th century, places of asylum for intellectuals of the world over. 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.
Switzerland distinctive political stance offers a setting removed from international
tension and encourages reflection and dialogue, particularly in Geneva. The city is home to International Organizations in political, scientific, economic and environmental fields. Considering the important influence of these fields on contemporary artistic practices, our role is to offer support and a space for innovative and critical practices that engage with these fields and form a part of the reflection of our society.
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 1200 per month for the duration of the stay.
Candidates must respond to the following criteria:
Be 28 or more 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.
DEADLINES ARE THE 30 APRIL FOR RESIDENCIES NEXT YEAR.
Founded in 2010, the Laps association incorporates various areas of expertise aimed at the professional development of its members. The association focusses on promoting contemporary cultural practices (by providing appropriate work spaces) and organizing public events in partnership with cultural developers, independent organizations and institutions.
Since 2007, the founding members of Laps have drawn the local public authorities attention to the importance of artists squats in the cultural ecosystem of Geneva. This experience as well as a long history of self-management makes Laps an ideal association to specialize in developing cultural facilities.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Months: 3 – 6
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Private accommodation
- Private studio / workplace
- Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
- Open Studios