Embassy of foreign artists

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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 1200 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.


Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

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.

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 3 – 6
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Internet
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : yes, partnership depends on the project of the artists
    Application process: Project based
    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): 1200.- CHFThe grant is given by the State of Geneva to the residents as a per diem and production costs.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: those activities are discussed with the artists before or during the residency
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    How to reach by plane: From the airport, there is free tickets available for the public transport, you can get them before you get through customs. Take the train to the main train station Genève Cornavin.
    How to reach by train: From the central train station Genève Cornavin Tramway 15 (Final station ?ëå Nations ?ëË) directly to ?ëå Jacques Pictet-Thellusson ?ëË(Check the timetable on www.tpg.ch)Arriving at the tramway station you will see on the left hand side the restaurant ?ëå Pradel ?ëË, the small road behind the restaurant goes directly to the Embassy of Foreign Artists.
    How to reach by car: The easiest way to come to the Embassy is to take Swiss highway, at the boarder you have to buy a stamp for the highways (CHF 40.-) valid for a year. After the boarder, you follow “”La praille”” where you also leave the highway, then turn right at the second crossing with lights, you are on the Avenue de “”la Praille””, then turn left at the roundabout, and again left into a dead end street which will guide you directly to the residency. If you don??t want to pay this 40.- chf you better have a GPS or check on internet the right direction.
    Street & Number: Rue subilia 45
    Postal Code: 1227
    City: Carouge
    Country long: Switzerland
    Rue subilia 45
    Carouge 1227 CHE
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