Here We Are

Here We Are is a hands-on participatory research programme developed with and for artists who have recently immigrated to Switzerland. Here We Are provides tailored activities, initiatives, services and funding opportunities that support these artists in their pursuit of an art career in Switzerland.

Here We Are
Initiated by artlink in cooperation with Zurich
University of Arts
November 2021 - November 2024, pilot project

Here We Are empowers and works for the inclusion of artists with migration experience. The term migration experience denotes first-generation migrants who typically invested in their artistic studies and practice in their country of origin before pursuing their careers in Switzerland. The inclusion of newcomer artists in the Swiss cultural scene not only increases its diversity but also the intercultural competences of all artists. Questions that motivate Here We Are:

  • How does the Swiss arts and cultural landscape work?
  • Who are the important players?
  • How do Swiss arts and culture funding schemes operate?
  • Which funding bodies can I approach?
  • How do I connect with peers?
  • What education and training opportunities are available?
  • Who represents my interests?
  • Where, and how, can I share and promote my work?
  • How do I identify and access the resources I need?
  • What is my legal status as an artist in Switzerland?
  • What should an application for funding and/or my portfolio look like?

Artists First

Here We Are places artists from different disciplines with migration experience at the center of its methodology. The programme is not designed for, but rather with artists who have migrated to and now live in Switzerland. Here We Are invites cultural practitioners from Switzerland to co-create long-term initiatives, services and funding opportunities for these artists.

Thinking through doing

Here We Are follows a participatory process consisting of three modules, which are based on focused and moderated workshops. These workshops are organised around the Process Design approach involving

  • co-thinking
  • co-creating
  • co-acting
  1. co-thinking

    This module creates space for active listening to properly understand, assess, and specify the needs of artists with migration experience. In five moderated workshops artists from different disciplines collectively define the challenges and opportunities of their specific situation and propose initial ideas for the implementation of programmes, formats and funding schemes. Are you an artist with migration experience? Share your thoughts and insights – join a co-thinking Here We Are working group!

    Join working group
  2. co-creating

    This module consists of three moderated working groups composed of artists that have joined the co-thinking module as well as Swiss arts promotors and presenters across disciplines. The aim of each working group is to develop formats, funding schemes or services that are tailored to the needs of artists with migration experience. In this collaborative and co-creative process, possible concepts and implementation ideas are continuously tested for their feasibility. Are you a cultural promoter or presenter and want to share your insights on the inclusion of artists with migration experience? Join a working group!

    Join working group
  3. co-acting

    In this module, artlink in collaboration with artists and partners realises a selection of the formats, funding schemes and services that have been developed in the co-creation modul. At regular intervals, the implemented projects are questioned and evaluated by the participants of the co-thinking and co-creating modules and adapted accordingly.

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