Image: Anne Imhof, Angst, performed at Kunsthalle Basel, 2016. Photo: Nadine Fraczkowski / Kunsthalle Basel

The Foundation for Artists in Need (Stiftung für Künstlerinnen und Künstler in Not) was founded in 1943 by the benevolence of forward-thinking individuals to help visual artists in and from Basel in cases of need caused by exceptional life circumstances. And over the last decades alone it has helped countless eligible artists survive in moments of a personal health or welfare crisis. Such a collective moment has come, and many artists are in precarious situations caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19). If you are one of them and can demonstrate an urgent personal financial need, we welcome you to apply for financial support.

And if you can give to the Foundation for Artists in Need to help it to support local artists, we urge you to consider transferring a donation to the account below and draw attention to this foundation amongst your friends and in your social community. The foundation is a non-profit organization; donations are therefore deductible from your taxes as voluntary contributions. All income generated by the fundraising campaign will be passed on to artists in need.

A moment like our own calls for extraordinary solidarity and Kunsthalle Basel would like to do its part to help further it.

Original bylaws of the foundation
“The Foundation for Artists in Need supports local artists or their relatives in case of illness, old age or involuntary unemployment. In the first instance, Basel citizens are to be considered, regardless of their place of residence, secondly, those who are Swiss citizens living in Basel, and exceptionally also foreign artists who have been long time residents of Basel.” («Die Stiftung für Künstlerinnen und Künstler in Not unterstützt hiesige Künstler oder ihre Angehörigen im Falle von Krankheit, Alter oder unverschuldeter Verdienstlosigkeit. In erster Linie sind zu berücksichtigen Basler Bürger, ohne Rücksicht auf ihren Wohnsitz; in zweiter Linie hier wohnende Schweizer Bürger, ausnahmsweise auch ausländische, seit längerer Zeit in Basel ansässige Künstler.»)

The purpose of the foundation therefore can include artists from or in Basel whose livelihood is at risk due to the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Donation account
Name: Basler Kunstverein – Stiftung für Künstler und Künstlerinnen in Not
IBAN: CH80 0877 5075 3640 0010 0
Subject: Corona

Only applications from visual artists who meet and can prove the above-mentioned conditions of the foundation’s purpose can be accepted. The application, which explains the emergency situation due to the coronavirus, must be accompanied by a tax assessment for 2018 in order to be able to assess the general asset situation and also to prevent abuse. Please note the foundation’s purpose was from the start explicitly focused on visual artists and on the local, so, unfortunately, no applications can be considered from those not demonstrating these eligibility requirements.

Please send the full application via email to . If you can’t send it via Email, you can also submit it by postal mail to the below address.

Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees consists of Dominik Müller (Galerist, Chairman of the Board), Elena Filipovic (Director of Kunsthalle Basel) and Hannah Weinberger (Artist and Tutor).

Stiftung für Künstlerinnen und Künstler in Not
c/o Basler Kunstverein
Klostergasse 5
4051 Basel


Furthermore, Kunsthalle Basel would like to bring attention to the following national and international initiatives:
Nothilfe von Suisseculture Sociale (CH) helps persons engaged in the cultural sector who are in economic difficulties as a result of the measures to combat coronavirus and are no longer able to cover their immediate living costs. Hamlet SARS-CoV-2 Support und Relief Fund for Artists (CH) is aimed at helping artists confronted with the effects of the restrictions imposed by the current health crisis, auctioning works by Swiss and international artists daily. The German initiative Kunstnothilfe (DE) is collecting money to help artists and cultural workers in need with up to 1000 EUR. IG Kultur (AU) has collected all known special regulations and support possibilities to cushion acute emergencies of cultural associations and artists and cultural workers in Austria.
Recovery Fund (IT) is a crowdfunding campaign to support young Italian artists under 35 working in video and film and in the process helping augment the public collection of an institution in one of the hardest-hit regions in Italy. The Between Bridges project 2020Solidarity brings together over fifty international artists to design one poster each, which can be acquired to support fellow artists internationally in need. Creative Capital (US) published and frequently updates a list of arts resources such as workshops and grants in the USA for artists working in all disciplines. Artwork Archive has a similar approach and features an international list of crowdfunding efforts to provide financial relief for artists.