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Open call Residency

Open Call: TADA – Textile and Design Alliance Residency Program

Do you work in the fields of visual art, design, architecture, literature, performing arts or on transdisciplinary projects and have a strong interest in textile production and its context? Then the innovative Artist in Residence Programme TaDA offers you a unique opportunity to work together with renowned textile companies in Eastern Switzerland. TaDA is a joint cultural promotion programme run by the cantons of St.Gallen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Thurgau.
  • Idea

The aim of the Textile and Design Alliance is to enable constructive and creative encounters between contemporary art practitioners on the one hand and representatives of the traditional and yet high-tech textile production of Eastern Switzerland on the other. The residency facilitates the transfer of know-how and creative exchange with experts in textile manufacturing. Six candidates from Switzerland and abroad are offered the opportunity to work with textile companies in Eastern Switzerland for two to three months, to use a local studio and to build a new network in an unusual context. During the annual “Summer Academy” with international experts and speakers, you will be able to discuss your project with peers and specialists and also present it to a broad audience.
  • Benefits

  • Accommodation
  • Travel expenses
  • Contribution to the cost of living
  • Workplace in the former textile and engine factory in Arbon (today: Kreativzentrum ZIK)
  • Technical support by selected experts from partner companies, including Martin Leuthold, former Creative Director of the textile company Jakob Schlaepfer
  • Residencies

  • April to June 2020
  • September to November 2020
  • Languages

Onsite contact languages:
English and German


  • Deadline

Deadline for applications 2020:
6 December 2019
Please send your application to application@tada-residency.ch
  • Submission

  • Application form PDF
  • Portfolio with curriculum vitae
  • Ideally the outline of a project with a topic related to textile production
  • Decision

Announcement of jury decision:
End of December 2019 for both periods
  • Jury

  • Martin Leuthold, textile designer
  • René Rossi, Head of the Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles Laboratory, Empa
  • Rebecca C. Schnyder, author
  • Markus Müller, artist
  • Barbara Karl, Director of Textilmuseum St.Gallen
  • Peter Trinkl, CSO Saurer AG, Arbon
  • Martha Monstein, Head of the culture department of the canton of Thurgau, representative of the governing body
  • Guest member 2020: Susanne Hilpert-Stuber, curator at MUDAC (Museum of contemporary design and applied arts), Lausanne
  • Partners

Filtex, St.Gallen
Rigotex, Bütschwil
Saurer, Arbon
Schöller, Sevelen
Textilcolor, Sevelen
Textildruckerei, Arbon
Tisca Tischhauser, Bühler
Empa, St.Gallen
Textilmuseum, St.Gallen
Sitterwerk, St.Gallen
Lobra AG, Thal
Brubo GmbH, Speicher
  • Team

Marianne Burki (Programme Manager TaDA from January 2020) is Head of Visual Arts at the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia until the end of December. Prior positions include Director of Kunsthaus Langenthal and Manager of the Catalogue Raisonné Paul Klee at Kunstmuseum Bern / Paul Klee Stiftung.

Martina Lughi (Assistant TaDA) has been employed since 2018 at the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in Zurich as part of the team responsible for Switzerland’s participation at the Venice Biennale. She studied art management in Venice and Rome, where she collaborated in various projects for cultural organisations, including the exhibition department of Electa Mondadori.

  • Downloads

Call for Applications PDF
Registration Form PDF
Ausschreibung PDF
Anmeldeformular PDF
Appel à candidatures PDF
Formulaire PDF
Bando di concorso PDF
Registrazione PDF


TaDA Textile and Design Alliance
c/o Textilmuseum St.Gallen
Vadianstrasse 2
9000 St.Gallen, Switzerland