The PROGR is an artistic center and cultural hub in the heart of Berne. It comprises more than 150 artists distributed in 70 studios and working in all media. Neighboring them are cultural institutions and organizers. The public area located on the ground floor accommodates exhibitions and concerts and two gastronomic units provide venues for encounters.
The PROGR foundation
The framework for the studio house and its public use is articulated by the goals of the PROGR foundation:
– Support of contemporary cultural practice through the rent of inexpensive studio spaces for artists of all media.
– For this purpose the planning and building rights of the building under Waisenhausplatz 30 have been taken on by the PROGR foundation.
– Renovation and maintenance of the building
– Professional and sustainable management of the same.
The board of the foundation is comprised of artists, experts and partner institutions (5 to 9 members). The majority are artists.
The capital for the purchase of the building comes primarily from a gift from Dr. h. c. Hansjörg Wyss (2 million CHF) as well as from a group of around 100 lenders. The operation of the cultural center is financed uniquely through the rents of the studios (1 million CHF) and is to no degree supported by the city of Bern. The PROGR foundation consciously opts not to accept further financial support in order not to pose a concurrence for the event organizers and artists of the house. The foundation is freed from tax burdens.
v.l.n.r: Corinne Kuenzli, Günther Ketterer (Immobilientreuhänder, Kunstsammler), Thomas D. Meier (Präsident, Rektor ZHdK), Peter Aerschmann, Zimoun, Sibyl Matter (Anwältin, Notarin, Mediatorin), Andrea Leila Kühni (Vizepräsidentin). Nicht auf dem Foto: Nicolette Kretz (Autorin, Text-Performerin, Dramaturgin, Theaterkritikerin), Hansjörg Wyss (Unternehmer).
A team consisting of three people is responsible for the smooth management of the studio house on behalf of the PROGR foundation board. The management team is complemented by the architects responsible for the renovation and maintenance of the building. The administration of the property is managed by Kurt Brönnimann of Pardus Immobilien GmbH. Important contributor moreover is the cleaning-team.
Franziska Burkhardt Management→
Franziska Burkhardt is the mastermind of the PROGR direction. Her tasks include in particular the office management of the foundation board, communication and PR, marketing, finances, projects and issues concerning the use of the property. Another focus is the contact with all tenants in the house.
firstname.lastname@example.org – oo41 (0)31 318 82 70
Daniela Nötzli Events→
Daniela Nötzli is responsible for the rent of the auditorium, the small hall and the courtyard. She is the contact person for external and internal event organizers and coordinates the various activities in the PROGR.
email@example.com – oo41 (0)31 318 82 74
Lorenz Keller Caretaker and Security→
Caretaker and Security
Lorenz Keller is the caretaker and responsible for security (SiBe) within the PROGR, thus also for the securing of all doors and entrances. He supports the architects during construction and renovation works.
firstname.lastname@example.org – 0041 (0)79 834 16 32