In the fall semester 2015/2016, artasfoundation for the first time provided a scholarship for a young person from Abkhazia*. For six months, the student participated in courses in the area of art education at the Zurich University of the Arts and visited different cultural institutions in Switzerland. The Art semester focuses on young people living in Abkhazia, because normally, they are not eligible for regular scholarship programs due to the unresolved question of the status of inhabitants of Abkhazia.
In the fall semester 2016/17, artasfoundation invites two students. This year, the host institutions are the Department Art and Media of the Zurich University of the Arts and the Institute for teaching professions of the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel.
The Art semester shall, if possible, become a steady scholarship program in the coming years.
* artasfoundation would like to underline that its use of names and titles particularly with regard to the conflict regions should not be construed as implying any form of recognition or non-recognition by the foundation or as having any other political connotation whatsoever.
Manana Tsvizhba, September 2016 - January 2017
Sabina Kvarcheliya, September 2016 - January 2017
Daria Zavodskaia, September 2015 - February 2016