Villa Ruffieux Residency

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Name of Residency: Villa Ruffieux residency program

The residence is open to all professional artists, regardless of age or nationality, working in visual arts, music, literature, theatre and cinema.

It can also accommodate researchers or scientists working in the fields of wine or natural heritage.

Each resident stays for about 1 to 4 months.

The residence provides a free bedroom and a studio or office for each resident. It will also bear the return travel costs. It supplies each resident with a monthly allowance of CHF 1,500.00. An additional contribution may occasionally be made, depending on the projects, for material required for their completion.

Each resident must carry out his/her project in collaboration with one of the on-site partners indicated by the Château Mercier foundation in the chosen discipline (performing arts, visual arts, music, literature, heritage, dance, etc.).

For further information:

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

The Villa Ruffieux was built in Sierre (Valais, Switzerland) in 1902 and is part of the Château Mercier estate. In 2011, the Villa Ruffieux was turned into an artists’ residence in close collaboration with the Canton of Valais and the city of Sierre.

The entire property of around four hectares, including the château, the grounds and the outbuildings, was donated to the State of Valais by the Mercier family in 1991.

Since 1992 the State of Valais has entrusted its management to a foundation of the same name.

The Villa Ruffieux has a public purpose in line with the other activities provided by the foundation; the aim is to turn the Château into a cultural centre and meeting place.

The residence therefore fits in with Château Mercier’s general development project and aims to raise its profile.  It consolidates its presence at the heart of the European Network of Cultural Centres.

Organisation founded in: 2011
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Apartment
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?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Application process: Digital application
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): Each resident will be provided with a monthly subsidy of CHF 1,500.
Expenses paid by the organisation:
  • Travel
Other activities happening at the space:
  • Presentation
If other, please specify: Deadlin for the application: June 30th each year, the selection meeting is held in September.
Selection process: By committee
Setting: Rural
Nearest Airport: Zürich or Geneva
Nearest Train Station: Sierre
How to reach by plane: Fly to Zürich or Geneva and take a train from the airport to Sierre.
Street & Number: Case postale 403
Postal Code: 3960
City: Sierre
Country long: Switzerland
Case postale 403
Sierre 3960 CHE
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