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March 26, 2021

Call for applications

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts

Photo: Mira Turba.

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, teach.

Course programme
The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts invites applications to its programme for 2021. Courses will be held at the Fortess Hohensalzburg (hybrid classrooms), the Fuerstenbrunn Quarry (on site) or as Webinars (online). Each year, the Academy invites international artists, curators, collectives, educators, scholars and writers to serve as instructors for its course-programme. In 2021, we are pleased to offer courses under the instructorship of: Rossella Biscotti (Italy/Belgium), Cäcilia Brown (France/Austria) / Anna Hofbauer (Switzerland/Austria) / Mikkel Holm Torp (Denmark/Italy), Cosmin Costinaş (Romania/Hong Kong) / Inti Guerrero (Colombia/Hong Kong), Anna Daučiková (Slovakia/Czech Republic), Shezad Dawood (United Kingdom),Christina Dimitriadis (Greece/Germany), Louisa Elderton (United Kingdom/Germany) / Klaus Speidel (Germany/Austria), Léuli Eshrãghi (Australia/Canada), Flaka Haliti (Kosovo/Germany), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Nadira Husain (France/Germany) / Flora Klein (Switzerland/Germany), Leon Kahane (Germany), Wasif Munem (Bangladesh), Christian Nyampeta (Ruanda/USA), Shubigi Rao (Singapore), ruangrupa (Indonesia/Germany), Francis Ruyter (USA/Austria).

At the Academy, instructors translate their practice and research into a pedagogical relationship with participants, in order to explore contemporary art practices in mutually interrogative, personal and persistent ways. Conversations are undertaken with a view toward materializing art-related ideas or transmit them into research and life. The programme reflects current trends in contemporary art such as performance and poetics (Eshrãghi, Nyampeta), VR/AR animation/algorithms (Dawood, Ho), archiving (Kahane, Munem, Ruyter) and collective/community-oriented practices (Costinaş/Guerrero, ruangrupa) as well as methodological approaches to decoloniality (Husain/Klein, Rao), eco-criticism (Biscotti, Haliti) and (queer-) feminism (Daučiková, Dimitriadis) in art.

Detailed information on instructors and courses here.

Public programme
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Summer Academy in 2023, the Summer Academy launches the research project, Horizons of Possibilty (working title), under the initiative of Sophie Goltz, Director of the Summer Academy since 2021, and co-curated by Marina Fokidis, Director of the magazine South as a State of Mind. The project investigates emergent pedagogies of art education that enjoin current understandings of gender, diversity and coexistence with technical and artistic developments. The project continues lines of questioning introduced through the Planetary Academy (under the initiative of Hildegund Amanshauser, former Director of the Summer Academy, 2012–20).

Application and fees
Anyone interested can apply as no degrees are required and will submit to a selection process in which the instructors decide on who will be accepted. All applications received till May 31, 2021 will be treated equally in the selection process; after June 1, 2021, they are considered according to the number of available places.

Course fees are: one-week course: EUR 420 (EUR 340), two-weeks course: EUR 640 (EUR 480), four-weeks course: EUR 1,080 (EUR 760). Does not include artistic materials, if needed. Reduced fees are eligible for students, welfare recipients or others, and members of the Verein der Freunde.

Further information and online application.

Scholarships
The Summer Academy offers numerous scholarships, most of them covering the participation fee, while some include also travel and accommodation expenses. A jury, together with the instructors, will award the scholarships. The application deadline is May 3, 2021.

Further information and online scholarship application.

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art
Founded in 1953 by renowned Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) as the “Schule des Sehens” (school of seeing), the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts at Hohensalzburg Fortress is the oldest of its kind in Europe. Approximately 20 courses are offered each summer and attended by more than 300 participants from over 50 countries, making the Academy a vibrant venue for international artistic and creative exchange. The Academy offers open application process to anyone interested, no degrees required; unique opportunity to study with outstanding international artists, curators, collectives, educators, scholars and writers; devote time exclusively to making art or developing ideas while also learning about and reflecting on art and its discourses; classes based on one-on-one supervision as well as group discussion; stunning historic course environment surrounded by an alpine landscape; public programmes with cultural partners in Salzburg and elsewhere; access to art literature and magazines.

Press contact: Simone Rudolph, presse [​at​] summeracademy.at or T +43 (0)662 842113.

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