Acme Studios — Anita Siegfried

Supporting Artists since 1972

Anita Siegfried

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Anita Siegfried is a Swiss writer based in Zürich. Raised in Basel and Aarau, she studied Pre-history, Classical Archeology and Art History in Zürich and received her doctorate in 1976 on a cultural-historical topic from the early Iron Age in Europe. After long stays abroad (in Prague, Rome, Brazil) she worked as an archaeologist and editor for the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Cantonal Archeology of Zürich. Her work as an archaeologist was a great influence on her writing, with her first novel for young people, Mond im Kreis (2002), set in the time of the early Celts. Two more books of historical fiction followed, before Antia turned to other topics, writing texts for picture books, five novels for adults and a play for children.

Anita has been recognised for her contribution to the artistic work of the Aargauer Kuratorium in 1994, 1996 and 2000; she was shortlisted for the Swiss Youth Book Prize in 1994, 1995 and 1997 before winning for a co-authored work in 1999. She was awarded a studio stay in Berlin by the canton of Zürich in 2004.

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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