General Information

Relevant Information
All the studios are occupied until summer 2021.

We do not accept any new applications.
From October 2021 a new team will be running Villa Straeuli.

Information about the new Villa Sträuli here: 
Kulturhaus Villa Sträuli

Villa Sträuli 2006 - Summer 2021


Doris Sträuli-Keller, a Winterthur-based music educator and arts patron, founded the Sulzberg Foundation in 1999. In accordance with the wishes of the founder and her husband, Dr. Hans Sträuli Jr., who predeceased her, their villa and their estate are to be used for the purposes of supporting and advancing the arts.

Since the opening in 2006 the Sulzberg Foundation provides three live-in studios for creative artists in the Villa Sträuli: one for the visual arts, one for literature or new media, and one for the performing arts or music.

The aim of the Villa Sträuli stipend-supported residencies is to provide artists from all fields with an opportunity to work creatively and make new contacts in a stimulating environment. The residencies are designed to support international artists and to promote intercultural exchange. Artists whose main place of residence is Switzerland cannot be awarded residencies.

Winterthur Studio 

One residency will be awarded to an artist from abroad with a project that relates to the residency location (the city of Winterthur). 

The city of Winterthur is providing support for this residency and shall join the selection committee for the awarding of this studio.

Artistic Committee 
In selecting creative artists to receive stipend-supported residencies the Villa Sträuli management was advised for the selection of 2020/2021 by the following artistic committee:
Visual Arts
Dorothee Richter  Professor for Contemporary Curating at the University of Reading. Dorothee Richter is Manager of the MAS in Curating at the ZHdK.

Merly Knoerle Curator,photographer and gallery owner. Merly Knoerle is co-owner of the gallery knoerle & baettig contemporary in Winterthur.

Werner Widmer  
Visual artist working in the fields of photography and installation, he is designer and curator. Werner Widmer is co-owner of the gallery widmertheodoridis in Eschlikon. 

Yusuf Yesilöz  Originally from Central Anatolia, Yusuf Yesilöz is a German-language author and filmmaker. An ethnic Kurd and Swiss citizen, Yusuf Yesilöz writes novels, short stories, and autobiographical works and makes documentary films.

Simone Keller  Simone Keller is a pianist who performs in a wide range of styles, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician in various ensembles; her busy concert schedule includes appearances in Switzerland and many other countries. Together with director and composer Philip Bartels, Simone Keller runs ox&öl (, a production company that develops theatre projects as well as educational programmes for children and adults.
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