Acme Studios — Erica Pedretti

Supporting Artists since 1972

Erica Pedretti

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Erica Pedretti is a Swiss author and artist. Born in Sternberg, northern Moravia in 1930, Erica moved to Switzerland in 1946. In Zürich she trained as a silversmith and created her first early small-size works, which anticipate her light and airy objects of later years. Erica first gained acclaim as a visual artist for the first time in the 1970s with her Flügelwesen (winged creatures), developing from these a large family of associative bird- or fish-like objects.

Alongside her career as a sculptor, Erica is also a celebrated writer and novelist. In 1984 she received the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for her work The Model and His Painter, and in 1996 the Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize for her novel Engste Heimat.

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

For more information visit