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Contemporary Art Residencies in the Swiss Alps



There are different types of Membership, all start with becoming a Supporting Member.

As a Supporting Member, you will not only be invited to the art events that take place at Open Spaces, but you are also encouraged to use the spaces for your own creative efforts, to draw, to paint, to write, anything that can be done in the spaces provided that respects the artist's professional studio code.

Artist Member: Once you have paid for your Supporting Membership, if you are already an artist, amateur or professional, you can apply to become an Artist Member. As an Artist Member, in addition to enjoying the same benefits as a supporting member, you can also submit an exhibition or event plan to the Resident Curator for approval. The Resident Curator will study your plan and providing it does not conflict with exhibition plans already in place, the resident curator will assist you in making your plan become reality.

Sub-Committees: there are many Sub-Committees in which you can become involved as a Supporting or Artist Member. If you are interested learning more about how you can help Open Spaces, please write to

Other types of Member:

Active Members: every so often, the Committee of Open Spaces will elect an Artist Member to become an Active Member. Active Members take part in the Open Spaces AGM and are elegible to join the Committee and help run Open Spaces.

Honorary Members: Members of the public with an exceptional track record within the Arts will be asked by the Committee to join Open Spaces as an Honorary Member.


Open Spaces is an Art Association, created under art. 60ss of the Swiss Civil Code, with its seat in Feutersoey in Gsteig Bei Gstaad.

Its purpose is to establish and maintain an art Residency, which brings professional artists into the Saanenland region and whose spaces are open to the public, and to function as a programm in which locals and visitors can participate, artists and non-artists alike, to create in a shared space, open all year round.

Open Spaces enourages all forms of creation compatible with its founding principles.

Local artist Harry Reichenbach first envisioned an Open Art Centre at the School building at Feutersoey, several years ago. Harry worked with the local Commune of Gsteig bei Gstaad and put together a plan describing how an art centre could be developped in this quiet village, nestled between the Höhi Wispille, and the Arnenhorn.

Fast forward a few years, Harry is now on a round the World trip to document through his Art the current extent of marine pollution, especially plastics pollution.

In the meantime Harry gave the project to local artist Greg Holt and his wife Vanessa, who brought to the project to emerging artists Kyra and Roderick MacLeod, who were eager to work on an inclusive art project that fits in well with their own art practise.

With Greg and Vanessa's financial backing, and Kyra and Roderick's efforts, the project survived its first year and is now taking a life of its own as an Association, to which we invite all-comers to become members.

On the member's page you will find descriptions of the different types of memberships. We encourage EVERYONE to participate in this exciting new project by becmoming a supporting member and to discover what Open Spaces can bring to your life.