How to apply

Anyone can apply: here is how

The Trelex Residency aims to be an open and free residency welcoming all artists, whatever their background and level of experience. To prevent abuse of the generous but limited facilities, the residency will not be advertised publicly but aims to make itself known through word of mouth.

I have set up the residency by thinking about what would be an ideal residency for me. So there is no application form and no deadline. 

To apply send an email to Please let me know how you have heard about the residency. If I don't reply within a week or so, then by all means, badger me! As an artist myself, I sometimes take a break from the dictatorship of the screen.

Do befriend me on Facebook (using my 'Nina Rodin-Artist' profile, not my personal profile because I won't respond) so I know who you are. Please do not apply for the residency via Facebook private message. 

Under relevant circumstances, priority will be given to those who can stay the longest and to those who are coming specifically to work with another artist on a project. Otherwise, places are allocated strictly on a first come first served basis. I am always working hard to suggest alternatives at other residencies if we can't find any dates for Trelex at all.

If you are two artists wishing to work together then you must take both of the two spaces available. Although a room can be shared, the studio is not large enough to accommodate in total four artists. It also creates an unbalanced atmosphere, two artists who know one another and one who does not. If you feel you are an exception you may ask but please do take this into account before you begin to make plans.

I generally prefer people to come for a minimum of a month and encourage people to come for longer, you are welcome to come for up to three months, either in one go or over repeat visits.

On rare occasions, and in exceptional circumstances, residencies of less than 3 weeks may be considered. This could be for very site-specific projects (needing to work with a border, mountains, a Swiss based institution, to cite a few past examples). But such residencies are generally considered disruptive to the life of the studio: you may have time to accomplish your mission but our experience is you will have little time to engage in any meaningful exchanges or really make the most of the creative freedom we offer. Artists who come for a short stay rarely have time to engage beyond the scope of their own preconceptions and invariably leave feeling that the stay was too short.

While I consider myself a painter, I am very interested in all aspects of Art. You do not have to be a painter or even a visual artist to apply. Musicians, writers are welcome. Curators, critics and theorists too. 

Please note your place is not reserved until you have booked your outward and return tickets to Geneva. The earlier you do this, the cheaper your trip will be and the better I can plan the residency.

There are no exceptions made for residents applying for a visa. To confirm your place then you must go ahead and book your flight, with or without having completed your visa application. Please see FAQ section for more information on visa applications.

Please also note that  children are very warmly welcomed. See the FAQ section for further details. And also the blog entry by Anja Borowicz in October 2012.

Residency (non-)Requirements

There are basically no requirements for coming. There are a couple of things I ask you to do but only because I think it makes it more interesting for us to share a studio while you are here. So I ask you to bring two sets of images: the first is a set with 10 examples of your work. This doesn't have to be the most recent or the best, simply the ones that are most relevant to you at the time of coming and that you are interested in discussing. If you are not a visual artist, we'll talk about another way for you to share a selection of your work.

The second is a set of 10 images of things that inspire your work but are not your work. This may be work by other artists or not be artworks at all. It might be music, writings, family or holiday snapshots, a set of memories. They may be the inspiration for past works or things that are one your mind and that you want to integrate somehow or other into future work or they may be about a passion or interest that you don't yet relate to your work at all. I am sure you have a ton of such things in your sketchbook or your studio. Having to select just 10 and deciding which are the more important is a really interesting exercise as an artist.

It's very informal and will serve to introduce yourself to me (and sometimes my husband) and other residents you may overlap with. Occasionally, there may be other visitors who take an interest in the goings-on of the studio who I might ask you to show these to.

On even Fridays, for example, there is an open coffee morning when local residents and whoever else might be interested sit down for an informal chat. It has turned out to be equally informative to the guests to hear about the work straight from the artists as it has been revealing to the artists to experience the reaction of people who don't know their work at all, without necessarily a formal background in Art but in a laid back setting where everyone is comfortable asking questions.

Finally, it is helpful if at the end of the residency, you contribute a small summary of your impressions for this blog. This will help inform future residents as to what to expect.

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