Twice annually — respectively for the months of April and November — , the Bibliothek Andreas Züst offers three studio residency stipends. The length of the stay can vary from one to four weeks according to the needs of the stipendiaries. Application for the Studio Residency Stipend is open to national and international cultural workers (individuals or teams of up to a maximum of three persons) across disciplines — visual arts, literature, new media, music, theatre, dance, design, architecture, film, photography, and art-related disciplines. For the stipendiaries, the Alpenhof panorama lodge will provide for accommodations. Applicants must submit a statement specifying their specific interests and describing their motivation in seeking a residency. The Bibliothek Andreas Züst is especially seeking projects that deal with the library as a whole or one of its sub-areas. The Studio Residency Stipend program is to be considered in the tradition of libraries as places of knowledge in the sense of diversity. In short: the residency should entail research about what constitutes the fabric of our culture and also what goes beyond it.
The Alpenhof is an inspiring location for a retreat and working, with opportunities for exchange and relaxation. Situated at 1,110 m.a.s.l. overlooking the Rhine Valley and Lake Constance, here landscape conjoins with lingering; the Alpstein mountains with a sea of fog; Eastern Switzerland with Übersee; traditional Alpaufzug (procession of cows on mountain paths) with astronomy. The Alpenhof itself, with its rooms, grand halls, terraces, and the music room, is open to guests from far and wide, as well as all kinds of encounters. Depending on the bookings, the Alpenhof can be either busily lively or peacefully quiet. Each artist has a bedroom with a separate private work area. In addition, there is a shared studio-/music room available, as well as different areas throughout the Alpenhof for working quietly. Further facilities include: the shared kitchen, dining and living rooms, and the Bibliothek Andreas Züst. Accommodations and use of the studio are free-of-charge, and travel costs are also covered. A separate request can be made for an additional subsidy for living costs of up to CHF 250/week. Artistic production costs must be covered privately.
Application deadlines are respectively 31 May for a residency during the following November, and 31 October for a stay during the following April. The selection process for the Studio Residency Stipend is conducted by a panel jury consisting of representatives of the Alpenhof staff and Bibliothek Andreas Züst. Detailed information about the Studio Residency Stipend and application process are to be gathered from the Information Sheet (PDF). In addition to submitting the completed application form, also required is the filled-in Personal Information Sheet (PDF).
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