Villa Sträuli

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The Sulzberg Foundation provides three live-in studios for creative artists in the Villa Sträuli: one for visual arts, one for literature or new media, and one for the performing arts or music.

The aim of the Villa Sträuli residencies is to provide artists from all fields with an opportunity to work creatively and make new contacts in a stimulating environment. The residencies are designed to support international artists and to promote intercultural exchange. Artists whose main place of residence is Switzerland cannot be awarded residencies. Creative artists of any age or national origin, and working in any discipline, as well as scholars and educators associated with the arts (e.g. curators, museum educators) can apply. For reasons of space, the studio for visual arts is not suited for sculpture. Applicants should be able to communicate in English or one of Switzerland’s national languages (German, French, or Italian)

Two studios are awarded simultaneously for residencies of three months each. One studio is granted in cooperation with Swiss institutions. One residency per year is awarded to a project that relates to the residency location (the Villa Sträuli or the city of Winterthur). Please note that all the studios are occupied until summer 2021. Please do not send unsolicited applications.

As the salons on the ground floor are used for the Villa’s own cultural events and by the bistro and can also be hired out for private functions, there are often non-resident guests in the building. And so while the Villa is a tranquil place, it can, at times, also be quite bustling and lively. Our artists-in-residence are, of course, invited to our cultural events.

Villa Sträuli is located in central Winterthur, across the city park in immediate proximity to the theatre, museum of art, and the concert hall in the Stadthaus.

Residency Programme since: 2006
Description of Organisation:

The Artist-in-Residence Program in the Villa Sträuli is run by the Sulzberg Foundation in Winterthur.

Doris Sträuli-Keller, a Winterthur-based music educator and arts patron, founded the Sulzberg Foundation in 1999. In accordance with the wishes of the founder and her husband, Dr. Hans Sträuli Jr., who predeceased her, their villa and their estate are to be used for the purposes of supporting and advancing the arts.

Organisation founded in: 1999
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • German
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • 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 of a stipend-supported residency will be provided with a monthly grant of CHF 1000.-. Please note that the Sulzberg Foundation is not giving travel grants to Switzerland. Per resident and period of residency will get a production allowance of CHF 500. More details:
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Zurich
    Nearest Train Station: Winterthur Main Station
    How to reach by plane: Zurich airport – 15 minutes train ride to Winterthur.
    How to reach by train: just a five minutes walk from the Winterthur main station.
    Street & Number: Museumstr. 60
    Postal Code: 8400
    City: Winterthur
    Country long: Switzerland
    Museumstr. 60
    Winterthur 8400 CHE
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