Artists in Residence

WhiteSpaceBlackBox is a place that fosters dialogue, an exchange of ideas and innovation in the fields of society, contemporary visual arts, literature and science. It offers a truly extraordinary residency for internationally recognized artists. A creative FACTORY located in a unique and exclusive location on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel in Switzerland.


The one-month artist residency includes a collectors dinner at which the artists have an opportunity to share their thoughts and work with a selected audience followed by a final “private viewing” of the works created during their residency.




Some of the recent artists in residence at WhiteSpaceBlackBox

Kudzanai Chiurai (October-November 2021)

Within his artistic work, Kudzanai Chiurai is rethinking the postcolonial system, which still nowadays dictates the rhythm through traded education-systems, existing cultural codes and lack of renewal. As our «artist in residence» he created a series of works, looking through the eyes of Engels and other philosophers onto the «Triangular Commerce».

Tanja Boukal (March 2021)

We are proud to have Tanja Boukal as our artist in Covidence 2021. In Covidence is a new format, signifying that also residencies had to change their shape due to CORONA.
The work «Patterns», Boukal realized for the EDEN-topic, explores the socio-political history around Switzerland and even more at our location, Neuchâtel.

Nandipha Mntambo (March 2020)

WhiteSpaceBlackBox is proud to present Nandipha Mntambo from Johannesburg/ZA as our first female «artist in residence». Her cowhide-sculptures at MOCAA Museum in Capetown/ZA left deep impressions on us. Although she never had worked on cowhides in an international residency abroad she accepted this challenge. Stunning works emerged as heart of the “Nothingness” Topic 2020.

Strijdom van der Merwe (March 2019)

It is a privilege to present our 4th «artist in residence» Strijdom van der Merwe, a land artist and sculptor from Stellenbosch/ZA. During his one-month stay at WhiteSpaceBlackBox he created an ephemeral artwork in communication with the lake, which during the year will be taken over by nature again. 

Christian Achenbach (April 2016)

Our 3rd «artist in residence» Christian Achenbach, is a painter and sculptor from Berlin/D. During his one-month stay at WhiteSpaceBlackBox he transformed our box in a kind of «salon» referring to the famous «salon des independants» of Paris, created in 1884. This salon was a starting point for various important tendencies in the art world. 

Max Frisinger (March 2015)

Max Frisinger is a German sculptor who lives and works in Berlin/DE. Max Frisinger picks up what other people throw away and binds it into sculptural cartographies of the location. During his one month stay as artist in residence at WhiteSpaceBlackBox in Neuchâtel he worked with «leftovers», rejects and waste from regional industries and production sites. This «raw material» was refined into sculptures, installations, illustrations portraying the performance and spirit of the companies taking part in this venture.

Joseph Tecson (October/November 2014)

The native Philippine painter Joseph Tecson from Manila/PH was the first artist to participate in the «artist in residence» program at WhiteSpaceBlackBox in Neuchâtel. During his one-month stay Joseph created 20 portraits of 20 personalities. All these portraits were exhibited, along with 20 portraits of «inmates» he painted back in the Philippines.