We will support the creation, presentation, and dissemination of contemporary art by providing a one-of-a-kind international artists’ residency programme and a year-round public venue for cooperative undertakings. Collaborative projects at the local, national, and international level will strengthen the initiative to achieve global visibility. We will build on the Villa Sträuli’s potential as an artists’ residence, cultural laboratory, project and exhibition space, and, more generally, on its quality as a place of encounter, while incorporating global transformation processes in art and the demands of the digitised world. A brief overview of where we will be focusing our efforts: Artist-in-Residence (AiR) The AiR programme sees itself as a support platform for professional artists and cultural practitioners from all over the world. Tailor-made residencies will be offered, with an emphasis on networking support, project development, production assistance, and presentation opportunities. It should be noted that in the future the Villa Sträuli will not be providing grants or financial support. The new concept for our artists’ residencies will rely on a hybrid form of contractual arrangements with sponsoring partners and institutions around the world. Cultural laboratory plus education and the exhibition space as event venue As a cultural laboratory, the Villa Sträuli will feature a well-rounded, unconventional and innovative programme in tandem with exhibitions, concerts, discussions, performances, research and education. The Saturday Matinée event will form part of the cultural laboratory. Co-working space and venue hire The ground-floor area is to become a creative space for the networking and developing of visionary ideas in an environment of cultural and social interaction. There will be flexible workspaces for those active in the arts, cultural institutions, communications professionals, architects, IT/new media specialists, preferably with a focus on culture-related activities. It will still be possible to hire the ground-floor rooms for private occasions.
Infrastructure will continue to be available to catering businesses for venue hires. A detailed concept and a variety of ideas are under development.