Open Spaces is an art residency in the Alpine village of Feutersoey, in the Bernese Oberland, which is the Alpine Region of Canton Bern in the heart of Switzerland. The residency program brings art in an engaged form to the picturesque Saanenland region surrounding Feutersoey and most importantly directly into the community.
Situated in the village centre in a former school building, the residency program has a high local profile and provides a high-visibility cultural centre-point for the village and region. The program invites 2 artists at a time from around the world to work for a period of three months, for a total of 8 artist residencies per year.
Gstaad, an internationally known farming and resort town 10 minutes away by car, is a fully serviced village with galleries. Soon to be built “Les Arts Gstaad” will be the first art museum in the region. Open Spaces is an invitation to local and visiting artists to produce work and stimulate the sense of community of Feuterseuy and the Saanenland region.
Open Spaces Program
Open Spaces accommodates 2 resident artists every 3 months, with a closing exhibition at the end of each residency period. The accommodation and work space, both within the Open Spaces building, are provided to the artist free of charge by the Residency Program. The artist is expected to cover transport, food and materials. At the end of every three month residency cycle, Open Spaces organises an exhibition for the work produced by resident artists.
The residencies start in the first week of March (ends last week of May), June (ends last week of August), September (ends last week of November) and December (ends last week of February). The first residency for 2017 will run from the beginning of April to the end of May. Due to the reduced stay, artists who take part for two months in 2017 will have the opportunity to come back from March to May 2018.
Residency dates and deadlines
The deadlines for application are as follows:
- September – October – November 2017: Deadline: July 2 2017
- December 2017 – January – February 2018: Deadline: October 1 2017
Budgeting and finances
The Open Spaces Program provides residencies to artists which include studio space at no cost and accomodation at no cost. The bedrooms are spacious and the accomodation includes a shared shower-room and lavatories. There is also a large shared kitchen and lounge area.
All other costs, such as travel, travel insurance, visas, food, materials and so on are not included and must be covered by the artist. The program administrators are all practising artists and will work hard to ensure that your arrival and stay in Switzerland is as smooth and comfortable as can be.
Open Spaces will put on an exhibition of resident artists' works at the end of each residency. A 10% commission will be taken by the program on works sold by the resident artists during the end of residency show.
General costs can be expected to be as follows:
- Materials - We recommend that artists bring their own materials from home. Materials and travel costs in Swizterland can be quite high. For example a return ticket to Lausanne is 64.- CHF (Swiss Francs).
- Food - We recommend budgeting at least 100.- CHF per week. You may find you can live on quite a lot less per week, but if you budget this amount, you should not go hunry.
- Travel - Our deadlines are early so that you can book the cheapest tickets for your travel to Switzerland. If flying, we receommend travelling to Geneva airport and taking the train to Gstaad via Montreux. Switzlerand has a well developped and very punctual public transort system. Travelling by train between cities is very easy but can be expensive. Costs for the local post bus service vary between 2.- and 6.- per trip.
- As a general rule, we would recommend you budget about 200.- CHF per week that you are here or a total of 800.- per month. This should be plenty to cover the types of costs you are likely to encounter if you plan on eating in most of the time, exploring the local alpine area by foot or by bike and perhaps plan one or two day trips further afield per month that you are here. You may find you have quite a lot left over, but that is point of budgeting – over-budget and under-spend and you will never be in trouble. This is Switzerland!