Updated Jul 02, 2020

Breathing Space

It is clear that we are inside a period of disruption that neither began nor will end with the COVID-19 pandemic, and in which the larger social-economic-ecological crises of our time become vivid and present. For Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, we confront with renewed sharpness the question of the relevance of our central task of international exchange and collaboration in the arts during a time in which many artists on the continent are seeing their livelihoods unravelling, and in which many organisations and businesses are facing collapse. While physical mobility has been massively curtailed during this period, we have found ourselves mining more deeply the creative possibilities that inhere in the digital, not only for bridging physical distance, but also as a medium for the creation and reception of artistic work.
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GrantType
Aug 31, 2020Deadline
$2,100 - $10,500Amount
UnavailableDuration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionN/A
CountrySouth Africa
Focus AreasHealth
Open to artists, collectives and organisations from across the African continent, excluding North Africa (which is covered by a parallel call from our Cairo office). Applicants should be actively involved in the professional arts field on the subcontinent.

Open to all disciplines that Pro Helvetia is active in – music, performing arts, visual arts, literature, design and interactive media, and inter-disciplinary work. Note that cinematographic film (long form, short form and documentary content for cinematic screening or televisual broadcast) is excluded from Pro Helvetia’s mandate.

Activities covered by the grant should be completed and reported on by the end of April 2021.

Only one application per individual/organisation.

Requests should be between CHF 2 000 and CHF 10 000 in value (circa US$ 2100 – US$10 500). The more precise, specific and clear the budget is in relation to what you are trying to achieve, the better.

We are not in a position to cover the general salaries and running costs of organisations and institutions, beyond a reasonable project administrative fee which may be included in the budgetproposal (normally not more than 10% of the overall budget). Artist and other project specific specialist fees may however be included as eligible costs.

The present call both supports entirely new ideas and initiatives, as well as the amplification or extension of what arts practitioners are already doing in response to these changing circumstances. We are also open to proposals that involve the exploration of new formats and approaches as well as projects that use this moment of global rupture to engage more deeply with or interrogate older methods and practices and archives – or indeed to do both. Analogue and digital approaches are equally welcome. It is not expected that proposals should address COVID–19 at the level of theme or content.


Application Directions

Applications should be made through our online portal: myprohelvetia.ch.

ATTACHMENTS

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