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Working as a foreign artist?

Hi there! I have made a few posts re: visa issues regarding working as a foreign artist, but I thought I might ask whether anyone knows a bit about how the types of gainful employment that artists find in Switzerland.

I am American architect moving to Basel Stadt starting in October. My New Zealander boyfriend would like to move with me and is searching for possible strategies to find either gainful employment, or a means to secure a residence visa in Switzerland. He is an artist with an MFA from NZ.

Whether he gets an Artist visa or a trainee visa, what we both wonder is what kind of work do artists with his training background find in Switzerland. I am familiar with the architectural profession, but I do not have any Swiss acquaintances involved in fine arts. It seems that there are many opportunities to do a praktikum in more "applied" arts like architecture, graphic design -- but I am not familiar with other opportunities related to the fine arts.

Is it common that foreign artists cultivate professional relationships with a local gallery or studio for an exhibition or representation on a long-term basis?

We would greatly value your advice on what you think is most realistic given the challenge of finding work as a non-EU citizen in Switzerland. Any contacts or resources would be much appreciated!
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