Villa Sträuli

General information

Brief 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


Brief description of residency program

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 stipend-supported 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.

Two studios are awarded simultaneously for residencies of three months each to creative artists of all disciplines and backgrounds; 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).

If there is an opening, a studio can be awarded upon request for shorter projects and also to Swiss artists. If a studio is unoccupied, it may also be rented upon request as a living/working space for a short-term residency (and by artists visiting or performing in Winterthur, for instance). Please do not send unsolicited applications for short-term residencies - we ask that you contact us first:

Creative artists based outside Switzerland, 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)

As the salons on the ground floor are used for the Villa’s own cultural events and by the summer 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.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Grants available

The application deadline for a stipend-supported residency is on january 31, 2014. The application form is on the Villa Sträuli Website. We accept only online-applications for the stipend-supported resideny. There is one studio available for cooperations with local institutions. If the studio is free, people from all disciplines can apply for a residency between one and three months. Please dont send applications spontaneous but contact us first by email if you are interested. Please note that the Sulzberg Foundation is not giving travel grants to Switzerland. More details:

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food

health insurance

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Exhibition

Meet the Artist event at the End of the Residency

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


UrbanWinterthur has 100´000 inhabitants, but very near Zurich

  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Musical Instruments
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • German
Other activities happening at the space
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Concerts

How to reach

By train

just a five minutes walk from the Winterthur main station.

By plane

Zurich airport - 15 minutes train ride to Winterthur.

By car

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.

Nearest airport


Contact information

Villa Sträuli
Museumstr. 60
8400 Winterthur

Phone: +41 52 260 06 10

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