recent artist: TAPAN MOHARANA

OPEN CALL for Artists/Designer

Period of Residence: January to March 2024
Application deadline: July 15, 2023

The cooperative Gleis 70 in collaboration with the Cultural Department of the Canton of Zurich offers a three-month guest residency in Zurich that includes the use of a living/working space and a stipend. This residency is intended for visual artists and designers living in Europe (with a valid Schengen visa) or for Swiss visual artists and designers from French, Italian or Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland.

Gastatelier Gleis 70:

The Gleis 70 guest studio is located in Zurich Altstetten in a former factory building in an industrial area. Artists, musicians, designers, inventors, composers, writers, graphic artists, craftsmen, filmmakers and many more work in the building of the Gleis 70 cooperative.
More information about Gleis 70:

The guest studio:
The guest studio includes a living room with sleeping and kitchen area, bath and a working space (50m2 all together).The studio is furnished: Shelves/desks/chairs/bed/sofa. A separate washing machine can be used. Free wifi. A bicycle is available.The cafeteria on the 6th floor is open during the day from 9am to 4pm. Various shopping facilities can be reached in a few minutes.The building and studio are wheelchair accessible.

The residence is NOT suitable for large projects or groups.


The cooperative Gleis 70 and the Cultural Department of the Canton of Zurich provide the guest studio to the artists/designers free of charge. In addition, the artists/designers receive a monthly allowance of CHF 1’500 as well as travel expenses from their home to Zurich and back (one-time). The artists/designers will also receive a contribution of CHF 1’000 towards the project costs. The artists/designers are covered by health insurance during their stay, unless they already have valid insurance. The artists/designers are responsible for all other expenses.


  • Artists/designers must have graduated at least 3 years ago and have been working in the artistic field since then.
  • Artists/designers have to travel to Zurich and back home by train.
  • Artists/designers are European citizens or are holders of a valid Schengen Visa
  • We expect the artist/designer to be present for most of the time (at least 80%).
  • The artist/designer will be responsible for organizing two open studios.
  • For our collection and documentation we are interested in e.g. a small work or a short photographic documentation of your project.
  • At the end of the residency we ask as well for a short report about your artistic process during your stay at Gleis 70.

Please send the following as 1 PDF by email only (IMPORTANT: the complete PDF file attachements can not extend 10MB):
– Applicationform
· Personal statement and letter of motivation or description of a project in Zurich,
· CV
· Documentation of the artistic works
Application deadline is July 15, 2023
Send to:
If an application doesn’t meet the deadline, exceeds the 10MB or is incomplete or not readable, it will not be considered. Applications by postal-services will not be considered. Application by wetransfer or dropbox will not be considered.

Unfortunately, we we wan‘t be aible to communicate the results of the selection process to everyone personally. If you will not hear from us until beginning of September 2023 we were unable to include you in our guest artist program.

recent artist: Victoria Plotnikova & Alexander Stepanets (Artlink)
July and August 2023

Victoria Plotnikova is professional Ukrainian artist, illustrator, designer.
All her artwork series were built on the self-identification study and society problems, so Victoria always pay attention on artists responsibility – opening up for society global problems understanding. Especially, after receiving bitter experience of being war prisoner, she understand role of artist as „eyes of society“. So now she is researching human rights violations and taking part in events dedicated to the support of Ukraine. Currently she is researching on human rights violations and would like to embody visually learned ideas.

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Alexander Stepanets professional Ukrainan artist, illustrator, designer who devoted all his creativity to revealing social and psychological problems of society and the individual in his tough satirical style. During the russian military aggression, he got into the occupation, and in a few months in inhuman conditions of life on the front line was taken prisoner. After undergoing torture, he was released and became a refugee in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, he pays attention to human rights violations and take part in events in support of Ukraine. He also continues to actively explore the issue of national identity and creating works with devastating satire on inhuman military aggression.

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