The Residency keeps an open-door policy, so the public is able to see the work in progress. This approach demystifies the making of art and creates a more intimate and informed experience for the viewer.

The 3-D Foundation offers educational workshops with the artists-in residence through the Swiss public school system. Each artist develops and teaches a one-day class around contemporary sculpture.

Additionally, the 3-D Foundation collaborates with local and international programmes to develop educational and art programming for the local Verbier community at large.

Educational Objectives

  • Enhance civic awareness about the environment and community through art.
  • Increase an understanding of contemporary art practice and foster a dialogue between artists and communities.
  • Promote the enjoyment and understanding of the role and function of public art.


  • Curated artists film programme with outdoor projections.
  • A performance programme in situ features local artists and selected international guests including participating resident artists.
  • The exhibitions include sculptures, performances, films, talks, cultural interventions and use the Alps to create a dynamic field of artistic dialogue.
Weekend courses are offered throughout the Residencies to provide unparalleled opportunities for participants to gain knowledge and insight into the artistic practices and the international artworld.

Each course was designed to address the specific needs and interests of its participants. Led by the 3-D Foundation and enhanced by lectures from international experts and practitioners in the field, Weekend Courses offer an innovative, object-based learning experience.

The Weekend Courses were hosted by ECAV- l’Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais in Sierre and the W Hotel in Verbier. 


Sunday 1 June: Weekend Course.1

10 am – 12: Introduction to Contemporary Art with Curator Alexa Jeanne Kusber

2 – 4 pm: Intro to 2014 Verbier 3-D Residency Projects with Artists (FREE­)

Location: W Hotel Verbier



Sunday 8 June: Weekend Course.2

10 am – 12: A talk with artist and Verbier 3-D Founder Kiki Thompson: Intro to Sculpture

2 – 4 pm: A talk with artist Andrea Hasler: Contemporary Women’s Art: The Body Today

Location: W Hotel Verbier



Sunday 15 June:  Weekend Course.3

11 am – 1 pm: A talk with Curator Paul Goodwin: Intro to Curating

2 – 4 pm: A Conversation with Curators Paul Goodwin and Alexa Jeanne Kusber: Rethinking Curating 

Location: ECAV, Sierre



Sunday 22 June: Weekend Course.4

10 am – 12: A talk with artist Bureau A: Spontaneous Architecture and Public Space

2 – 4 pm: A talk with artist Tarik Hayward: Sculpture and Talking Craft

Location: W Hotel Verbier



Sunday 29 June: Weekend Course.5

11 am – 1 pm: A talk with artist Eve Bailey: Sculpture, Movement & Cognitive Science

2 – 4 pm: 2014 3-D Artists in Context – The 3-D Residency

Location:: ECAV, Sierre



All events were open to the public.

The courses are offered in both French and English.

Fee for the courses is 25CHF which includes a coffee and croissant for the early classes and wine/beverage for the late afternoon classes.

Students: 15CHF

Please email to sign up for the Weekend Courses or for further information, please email Kiki Thompson:


Speakers Biographies:

Professor Paul Goodwin

Paul Goodwin is an independent curator, researcher and urban theorist based in London. Paul’s curatorial and research interests span the fields of art and migration, urbanism and critical curation. As a curator at Tate Britain from 2008-2012 he directed Tate Britain’s pioneering Cross Cultural Programme, a multi-disciplinary platform exploring the impact of globalisation on contemporary art in Britain. He has curated and co-curated a number of internationally significant exhibitions including: Migrations: Journeys Into British Art, Tate Britain 2012; Thin Black Line(s), Tate Britain, 2011; Go Tell It On The Mountain: Towards A New Monumentalism, 2011 and Ways of Seeing, 2012, 3-D Foundation Sculpture Park in Verbier, Switzerland; Coming Ashore, 2011, Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon, Portugal; Transfigurations: Art and Research in a Age of Migrations, 2014 Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona (MACBA), Spain. He is a professor in the Graduate School at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL) and a research fellow at UAL’s Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) Research Centre. His current research projects include: MeLa Project Research Curator at the Royal College of Art (Museums in an Age of Migration, EU funded international research project and Curator of King’s College London’s African Diaspora Artists in the 21st Century research and archive project.

He is currently a Director (Trustee) of Peckham Platform, a public gallery and artist research platform for socially engaged contemporary art in collaboration with diverse communities South East London. His publications include co-editor of the book ‘Underconstruction’ (2009, DG Arts) with Monica de Miranda and book chapters and catalogue essays on curating, globalisation and contemporary artists’ practices in the UK and internationally. He has been invited to give keynote lectures and chair conferences at universities and museums around the world including: University of Sydney and Australia Council, Australia; Museum of Modern Art, Rio, Brazil; Justine M. Barnike Gallery, University of Toronto, Canada; and  the Sorbonne in Paris; Danish Centre for Art and Interculture, Copenhagen, Federal Agency for Civic Education, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, V&A, British Museum in London. He is Curatorial Director of the 3D Foundation International Residency and Sculpture Park in Verbier, Switzerland.


Curator Alexa Jeanne Kusber

Alexa Jeanne Kusber is an American independent curator and writer who has spent the last seven years in London working on exhibition programmes throughout Europe before moving to Switzerland.  As an advocate of the sustainable curatorial method, she has been involved with various cultural schemes linking artists and the public throughout her career.

As Senior Curator/Project Manager at Arts Co in London, she organised exhibitions such as From Now To Eternity, Soundlife London, WASTED at the V&A, Warholesque and developed cultural education programmes such as The Art of Ideas II.

Alexa was part of the small team that developed The Museum of Everything in 2009, London’s first space for artists and creators living outside our modern society. She went on to manage a dynamic cultural programme for Ralph Lauren, much of which involved supporting young international artists throughout Europe.

Before moving to Switzerland, she had been working independently as curator and arts manager for artists developing exhibitions (such as Disappearing Moon and [re]locate, 2013) and collaboratively with organisations such as ACE, The British Council and Skylight Projects (last year she supported Jeremy Deller at the UK Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale).

She has consulted for Chanel, Ralph Lauren, and Phillips de Pury and contributes to publications such as Critical Contemporary Culture, Kultureflash and INTRODUCING when inspiration takes her to the written word.


Kiki Thompson

Kiki Thompson was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She spent the formative years of her life in New York and then studied Art and French at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK. After University she returned to Verbier, Switzerland.

Inspired by the rugged mountains of the Alps, she segued into a short career as a professional snowboarder following the World Cup Circuit and chasing winter between hemispheres. Many of her sculptures have the same sinuous lines that are left on the mountain after a fresh snowfall.

Touching a wide variety of materials and seeking fluidity of form, Kiki is most interested in the mind filling in what the eye can’t see.

Kiki has exhibited in Switzerland, New Zealand, New York, California and London. Her artwork appears in prominent public collections, including public sculptures in the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park in New Zealand and in Le Châble, Switzerland, as well as in notable private collections worldwide. One of her sculptures was recently purchased to be part of the permanent collection of the Canton du Valais, Switzerland.


Andrea Hasler

Andrea Hasler was born in 1975 in Zürich, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in London, UK. She holds an MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, and has exhibited internationally. Selected exhibitions include: Burdens of Excess, Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles; Greenham Commission, Chesenhale Gallery, London; and Santorini Biennale of Arts, Greece.

Hasler also chairs artist talks at Next Level Projects and regularly lectures on contemporary art, with a focus on women and the body, at various institutions including the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London.



Founded in 2012, BUREAU A is the association of Leopold Banchini and Daniel Zamarbide. Architects by training BUREAU A is a multidisciplinary platform aiming to blur the boundaries of research and project making on architectural related subjects, whichever their nature and status.

Leopold Banchini

Born in Switzerland, 1981. 
After an architecture degree at the Glasgow School of Art, Leopold Banchini received his diploma at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). Following the theme of his master theses on the Riker’s Island prison, he published a series of critical articles and books on the penal system and its growing built environment. Having worked for Lot-ek architects in New York and Atelier van Lieshout in Rotterdam, with whom he conducted the Arsch Bar project at Art Basel, Leopold Banchini moved to Barcelona to work with B720 Arquitectos. There he started his own practice with a first housing project, Studio 415. Back in Geneva, he worked on numerous competitions with Group8 Architectes and joined the LAPA EPFL teaching team in 2009. His first practice, 1to100, was equally interested in art, architecture and social issues. It has been lately producing work for the Archizoom and Mackintosh gallery in Lausanne, the Milan Design Fair, the Musée du quai Branly in Paris and the Venice Architectural Biennale. This last exhibition, RECLAIM has been awarded the Venice Golden Lion. Aside from its practice, Leopold Banchini is currently a professor at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD).

In 2012 he is a founding partner of the BUREAU A with Daniel Zamarbide.

Daniel Zamarbide

Born in Pamplona, Spain 1972.
Daniel Zamarbide obtains his master degree at the Institut d’Architecture de l’Université de Genève (IAUG) in 1999. During his studies he followed the workshops of Christian Marclay, Philippe Parreno and Catherine Queloz at the Ecole Supérieure des Beauy Arts in Geneva. In the year 2000 he becomes one of the founding members of group8, an architectural practice that has acquired an important national and international recognition. Group8 has been granted with numerous awards through their involvement in competitions in Switzerland and abroad.

Zamarbide has developed through the years a particular interest in the protean aspects of his discipline and nourishes his work and research through other domains like philosophy, applied and visual arts as well as cinema. As a guest lecturer and jury he has been invited at a diversity of international schools and institutions like the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris (France), the Barlett School of Architecture in London (UK), House of Architects in Kiev (Ukraine), Architecture Forum in Zurich and Bienne (CH), Ecole d’Art Cantonal in Lausanne (ECAL), AICO Architectural Congress in Oporto (Portugal) and has directed students workshops in Ukraine (Canactions Youth Festival 2010) and Italy (FestArch 201, Terni).

Since 2003 his interest in research and education has led him to be invited as an assistant professor in the Polytechnical Federal School in Lausanne within the teaching team of Jean-Marc Ibos and Myrto Vitart and after several intervention as a guest professor at the Geneva University of Art and Design he was appointed professor in 2010 where he has been able to officialise his view of a peripheral manner of looking into the architectural culture. The researches and workshops carried out at the HEAD are now a full and integrated part of his practise. Among his activities he was responsible of the conception and realisation of the pavilion representing the HEAD in the Milan Design Fair of 2010. During 10 years spent at the group8, he has been one of the key partners leading projects in relation with art: performance in the Art Gallery Attitudes in 2010, the WEPH project for Wallpaper magazine in 2011, research project for Dubai for Bidoun magazine and more recently a pavilion for the GRÜ theatre in 2011, Nuit Blanches installation for the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris and the on-going artistic intervention for the TT3 tramway in Paris in collaboration with John Armleder. In 2009 group8 was invited to present and expose a project for the 50th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York and in 2010 he led the installation of group8 for the Swiss Art Awards. In 2012, after 10 year of intensive and engaged work at the group8 he has left his founding office to start a new practice with Leopold Banchini. In the continuity of his more personal preoccupations the new practice, the BUREAU A will invest a wide range of projects related to architecture, visual and applied arts.

Bureau A recently won first prize in Architecture in the Swiss Art Awards 2013 for one of their latest projects, Parole – Champ-dollon 1/24 and constructed the Pavillon de la danse à Genève the same year. They are currently exhibiting at SAM – Swiss Architecture Museum until 4th May 2014.


Tarik Hayward

After working long time in the field of photography, Tarik Hayward has been recently running towards an artistic demarche that could be described as a more immediate approach, in the direction of performance and sculpture. These two areas are often intertwined in his recent work.

Selected exhibitions include; Körner Union, Museum of European Photography, Paris, France; Accrochage, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland; We do wie du, Kunstmuseum, Thun, Switzerland, Platform 13, Kunstwollen, Zürich; Made of Concreate, Los Angeles, USA and the Biennale d’Athènes. He was the recipient of the Swiss Artist Residency in New York, Most Beautiful Swiss Books Award, Swiss Federal Prize in Photography, Vfg Young Talents Award, and the Swiss Design Awards.


Eve Bailey

Eve Bailey’ s work is based on the concept of balance and coordination. Rooted in the tradition of the artist-engineer, she creates ergonomic and kinetic sculptures as well as complex line drawings that embody her love for architecture and dance. Bailey experiments with the sense of spatial orientation to design and build forms sympathetic to human embrace that she and professional dancers occasionally perform on. In recent projects, Bailey has choreographed performances with professional dancers in New York and Moscow, and is now developing practicable sculptures for the public.

Bailey has exhibited her work in France, Russia, Germany, Cuba, Switzerland, The Netherlands and across the US. She was awarded funded residencies from Triangle Arts Organization (NY), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (NE), the I-Park Foundation (CT) and Sculpture Space (NY). Bailey holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Ecole des Beaux Arts (Paris) and a BFA in Architectural metal work from Olivier de Serres School of Design (Paris). She received fellowships from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and the San Francisco Art Institute to study abroad.


The Ship of Tolerance, a project by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov ( whose mission is to educate and connect youths from different continents, cultures and identities, through the language of art, will exhibit in Moscow and New York in September 2013. The Kabakov’s have already built boats in Cuba, Egypt, Venice, the UAE and St. Mortitz. Next year they will build boats in Rio and Mexico City. Verbier 3-D is trying to get a boat built in Bagnes for 2014.

The Sails Education Programme

Nearly 200 students, from kindergarten to 6th grade, from the Verbier and Bruson schools participated in painting sails for the Ship of Tolerance. Each child drew his interpretation of tolerance on a piece of one meter by one meter fabric. The amazing results are in this book. The eldest wrote sentences about tolerance and a selection has been chosen for this book.

Verbier 3-D will send the sails to New York, the best of which will become part of the sails of the Ship exhibited at Brooklyn Bridge Park next to a selection of sails created by New York schoolchildren. After the exhibition in September the sails will return to Bagnes to become the sails of the ship built in Bagnes.

During the New York exhibition, the Kabakov’s will organize a virtual link between some American, Russian and Swiss schoolchildren so that they can meet each other and discuss tolerance.

Download a pdf with more information about the Ship of Tolerance