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Open-call |Chateaux Mercier Foundation: Villa Ruffieux Residency 2020 For interdisciplinary Artists, Researchers and Scientists (Fully-Funded)

Application are now open for villa Ruffieux residency program 2020. The Villa Ruffieux is a residence for interdisciplinary artists located at the heart of the Alps in the town of Sierre (Valais, Switzerland) and on the site of the Mercier Castle which is responsible for its administrative matters. Each year, around 10 artists stay here for around 1 to 3 months at a time.


The residency is open to all professional artists working in the field of visual arts, music, literature, theatre, or cinema, with no distinction made based on age or nationality. Researchers and scientists are also welcome.


• The residency will provide each resident with free use of one room and one workshop, office, or working area.

• It will also cover the cost of the travel to and from the residency.

• Each resident will be provided with a monthly stipend of CHF 1,500.

Residents are required to take out liability insurance, as well as medical, and accident insurance.

Residents must undertake a specific project during their stay. The description of the project, and its challenges, form part of the application process and will play a key role in the jury’s decision. The candidate is expected to explain why the Villa Ruffieux Residency Program, and the context of the region, are important for the project realization. If the candidate wants to collaborate with local agents or institutions he/she must explain with whom, and why.

The residents must manage their stay, and work, independently. The residency program does, however, have a coordinator available for any questions regarding the stay of the project. The coordinator responds to mails, or is available by appointment (contact: villaruffieux@gmail.com).

If possible, residents are expected to make their project accessible to the public in the form of an exhibition, concert, performance, workshop or conference etc., in collaboration with the residency staff.

Residents are responsible for their meals and the household. Normally, additional guests cannot be hosted in the residency, unless there has been prior agreement from the residency administration.  


Application forms should be sent by email to: villaruffieux@gmail.com

Candidates must send the following four documents:

1) Application form (click on “application form”)

2) Motivation letter

3) Resume

4) Portfolio in PDF form

The applications which do not follow these specifications will not be part of the selection process.

The secretariat will not download documents through platforms such as WeTransfer or Google Docs.

Jury members will not check websites during the selection meeting.

Residents will be selected once a year, in September, by a committee of 5 people designated by the governing board of Chateaux Mercier Foundation.

The jury’s decision is final and no justification will be given.

The application deadline is June 30th, each year.

The selection meeting is held in September.  

For more information visit Chateaux Mercier Foundation: Villaruffieux Residency

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