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 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). 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, or even for swiss artists). Please do not send unsolicited applications for short-term residencies - we ask that you contact us first: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- New Media
Type of organisation
- Independent Association/Foundation
Duration of residencies
- between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time
The application deadline for a stipend-supported residency is always at the end of january for a residency in the following year. The application form is uploaded on the Villa Sträuli website during two weeks in january. We accept only online-applications for stipend-supported residencies. Each resident of a stipen-supported residency will be provided with a monthly grant of CHF 1´000.-. Please note that the Sulzberg Foundation is not giving travel grants to Switzerland. More details: www.villastraeuli.ch
Expenses paid by artist
Expectations of the artist
Meet the Artist event at the End of the Residency
Expenses paid by the organisation
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
- Dance / Performance Practice Space
- Musical Instruments
Number of studios
Type and size of studios
- Private Apartment
Other activities happening at the space
How to reach
just a five minutes walk from the Winterthur main station.
Zurich airport - 15 minutes train ride to Winterthur.
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.