Switzerland/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.1 Overview of strategies, programmes and direct or indirect forms of support

Switzerland has a wide range of different support schemes for artists. At all levels – federal, cantonal, communal – similar approaches can be observed:

  • grants or contributions for the training of artists;
  • prizes via competitions (see chapter 8.1.3);
  • support granted to artists' studios abroad and in Switzerland;
  • official Swiss contributions to international and national exhibitions (Pro Helvetia); and
  • acquisition of works of art for the National Art Collection (only by the Federal Office of Culture).

Chapter published: 13-11-2014