17.03.2017

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts > Call for applications

The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, founded in 1953 by Oskar Kokoschka as the "School of Vision", in Hohensalzburg Fortress, is the oldest of its kind in Europe.
Every year, some 300 participants from more than 50 countries attend some 20 courses offered in two fixed locations: Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn, as well as in further temporary spaces in the city of Salzburg. Well-known artists, curators and critics from all over the world offer courses focusing on topical questions of art production, as well as curatorial practice and writing about art.

Special features of participants' stay in Salzburg are the fantastic atmosphere in the locations, the outstanding quality of the teachers and the first-rate programme of events, which includes Lunch Talks, lectures and discussions on the history and theory of art, vernissages, city walks, etc. For many people, the Summer Academy provides a unique opportunity to devote themselves exclusively to reflecting on and producing art. Participants reassess their own roles as artists/curators/writers and the social function of their art production, also exploring possibilities for opening up new ways of bringing their work to public notice. This helps to form new networks, which often last a lifetime, and which are of immeasurable importance in the art world of today.

The Summer Academy is open to anyone interested. Some two-thirds of participants are professionals (artists and art students). All applicants submit to a process in which the teachers of the courses chosen decide on acceptance; however, the proportion of rejected applications is extremely small.

Some 80 grants, usually covering participation fees only, are available for participation in one of the classes at the Summer Academy.

Additional subsidies for travel and living costs are offered by the The American Austrian Foundation (AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts), ERSTE Foundation, Free State of Bavaria, Münster Academy of Fine Arts, Society of Friends of the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, and the Fine Art Department (FADA), Kingston University, London. Applications for these grants should be made directly to the granting bodies, according to their guidelines and closing dates.

The BKA Eastern Europe grants, co-financed by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and awarded by the Summer Academy, also include travel and living costs.

Deadline: 3 April 2017

Find all details online (application and grants)