Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland
The Landis & Gyr Stiftung (formerly Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr) was founded in 1971 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the former Landis & Gyr Ltd. in Switzerland. The Foundation has an International Residencies Programme for artists and cultural critics in London, Berlin (until 2013), Zug, Budapest and Bucharest.
In 1987 the Foundation established a London-based residency programme with the help of Acme Studios. The programme was ambitious, commencing with the gradual purchase of four houses in Smithy Street, Stepney, E1 and culminating in 1995, with Acme as project managers, in the development of a newly-built studio complex on an adjacent site.
Acme acts as the managing agent on behalf of the Foundation, dealing with on-going maintenance in the work/live houses, administration and providing support for the artists during their stay in London.
The partnership between Landis & Gyr Stiftung and Acme has been a highly productive one: over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefited from the residency programme.
Current artists: Manfred Koch, Roman Kurzmeyer, Mélanie Huber, Luc Mattenberger, Charlotte Hug
Residencies are available only to Swiss residents, usually for a period of six months. Applications and selection are dealt with directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung. For more information see www.lg-stiftung.ch
Smithy Street home of the Landis & Gyr Stiftung residencies. Photo: Acme Studios (2010)
- Acme Studios
- 44 Copperfield Road
- E3 4RR
- T +44 (0)20 8981 6811
Between 1996 and 2012 Acme received £3.2m of capital funding from Arts Council England which supported the creation of six permanent affordable studios in London: Copperfield Road, Fire Station, Galleria, Harrow Road, Leven Road and Matchmakers Wharf. This resulted in 186 studios and 12 work/live units in four London boroughs.