Artist-in-Residence Program

… if it were that I could come back, I would not hesitate a minute.

Ana Katsidis

Former scholar in NAIRS 2005

Artists in Residence program

The Artists’ House is located in the bathhouse of the former spa hotel Scuol-Tarasp on the banks of the Inn river. It is located amidst the Engadine Dolomites and is far away from everything. Every month up to 10 fine artists, musicians, composers, writers, dancers, performers and scientists from around the world live and work here.

Fundaziun Nairs provides a space for focused creative work and an environment for constructive dialogue between the scholars. It sees itself as both a place of work and a meeting place. Individual activity and the exchange between various disciplines characterise the atmosphere in the house. Networking and exchange of artistic ideas are connected with an interest in the Engadine mountains and the daily life and culture of their inhabitants. The results of work created in NAIRS can be shown on the days of the open studios. NAIRS is a place for artistic production, reflection and exploration, and simultaneously makes the contact between artists of different disciplines, critics and the audience possible.

The premises include nine studios and bedrooms, a kitchen with a lounge, a large event hall and three-floor exhibition hall. The awardees (scholarship recipients) receive a private studio and bedroom or a studio with a built-in bedroom. Up to 10 artists can be admitted per month.

The artists pay a monthly fee of CHF 500.00 (costs of food) to Fundaziun Nairs. The length of stay can be chosen freely by the scholars. The minimum length of stay is 2 months, maximum length is 10 months. Fundaziun Nairs tries to coordinate artist’s needs in an optimal way. Artists from all disciplines are welcome and there is no age restriction.

Application deadline

Registration deadline for 2020 (period February until the end of November): 30 April 2019
Jury decision announcement: June/July 2019

Please send your application electronically (pdf and jpg) to
(for more than 10 MB please use WeTransfer, Dropbox or similar)

or by mail to
Fundaziun Nairs
Nairs 509, PF 71
CH-7550 Scuol

To be submitted:
– Registration form
– Letter of motivation and project description
– CV
– Portfolio

Selection criteria

Biography, career as an artist
Autonomy of the previous work
Working professionally
Project description for the work stay and motivation for being in NAIRS
Portfolio (documentation with an overview of artistic creation, literature/music: reading and listening samples)
Relation to nature, to the mountains and/or to the Engadine
Social competence:
Interest in get-together and exchange with other artists

Selection panel

Dr. Katharina Ammann, head of division history of art and member of the management at SIK-ISEA (Swiss Institut of art history / Schweizerischen Institut für Kunstwissenschaft). She is head of Jury.
Damian Jurt, Curator Graubünden Art Museum Chur, representative of the canton of Graubuenden
Barbara Basting, head of the department of visual arts at the Cultural Affairs Office of the City of Zurich, choosen member, alternating yearly or every two years
Christof Rösch, Director NAIRS, artist, architect, curator, Sent

Decisions of Jury cannot be discussed and are incontestable.


– Application form English PDF
– Listing studios, rooms, exhibition spaces PDF
– Floor plans (studios, rooms, exhibition spaces) PDF

Translation available / Traducziun disponibel : German, Romansh