The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts 2018, Austria


April 15, 2018


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The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts


What is the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts?

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.

In 2013, the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Who directs the Summer Academy?

Hildegund Amanshauser, director since 2009, has enlisted many new distinguished international artists to teach at the Summer Academy – including Monika Baer, Norbert Bisky, Tania Bruguera, Alice Creischer/Andreas Siekmann, Milena Dragicevic, Peter Friedl, Jitish Kallat, Lucie McKenzie, Robert KuĊ›mirowski, Rebecca Morris, Senam Okudzeto, Elfie Semotan/Roberto Ohrt, Hubert Scheibl and Mladen Stilinovic. She initiated highly successful courses at the Summer Academy, in curatorial practice and writing on art (with Jennifer Allen, Maria Lind, Juan A. Gaitán, What, How & for Whom/ WHW, Nancy Adajania, Bassam El Baroni, Anders Kreuger, Joanna Warsza, Raimundas Malašauskas).
The public programme of events has a special focus which changes every year (2010/artistic techniques, 2011/global art, 2012/the studio, 2013/professional, amateur or genius?, 2014/CITIES – spaces for art, politics, living…, 2015/The production of meaning, 2016/Global Academy, 2017/Produce art!). International curators, critics, art historians and artists give lectures and hold open discussions.


The oldest European Summer Academy

The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts founded in 1953 by Oskar Kokoschka in Hohensalzburg Fortress as a "School of Vision", is the oldest of its kind in Europe. The Academy has remained faithful to two principles: the internationality of students and teaching artists, and the  mixed groups of professional and amateur artists and art-lovers.

A very special Academy

The International Summer Academy cannot be directly compared with any other institution. It is an institution for adult education, measurable in quality against state art training. It stands in the tradition of the 1920s "Volxhochschulen" [adult education centres], which propagated education of the highest standard for everyone. The Salzburg Summer Academy is, on principle, open to anyone interested. Over two-thirds of the participants are professionals (artists or art students), and all submit to an application process in which the teachers decide on who will be accepted.


The International Summer Academy is an integral part of Salzburg's art and education landscape, and it seeks co-operations within this field. With its comprehensive programme of events, open free of charge to the public, it makes a significant contribution to local communication of contemporary art. It is also an important employer for artists and those wishing to work in cultural institutions.

Course programme

After discussion with the team, teaching artists and students, the Director assumes sole responsibility for the programme. The principal criteria for the course programme are  internationality, diversity, quality and contemporaneity. At the moment, the six-week Academy comprises some 20 courses of between one and four weeks, in two fixed locations: Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn as well as in further temporary spaces. The teaching artists choose their own themes and methods, and the courses are characterised by the intensive daily study of production, reflection and presentation of art, carried out under continuous contact with teachers, assistants and fellow-students. Participants focus on their own role as artists in a constantly changing art world, and on establishing international networks. Where required, learning artistic techniques is an integral part of the courses, in which group and interdisciplinary work is just as important as individual production and development. There is one teacher for a maximum of 8 participants, and a group consists of between 12 and 25 participants.


The aim of the course programme is for the students to develop their own artistic, curatorial or writing production, as well as their knowledge of topical discussions and the art world in general. Forming new networks is part of this process. The aim of the programme of events, which is open free of charge to anyone interested, is to offer a high-quality range of discussions in Salzburg, devoted to topical questions of art, culture and the art world and of controversial developments. The overall aim of the Summer Academy is to strengthen international perception of Salzburg as an important location for contemporary art.

Form of organisation, financing and resources

The International Summer Academy is under the auspices of the Province of Salzburg and is financed in equal parts by the Town and the Province of Salzburg. It is further supported by the Austrian Federal Chancellery - Arts Division; self-generated income consists of the course fees and various other revenues. The Director is answerable to the working committee, an advisory board consisting of politicians and administrative representatives of Salzburg Town and Province and the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. The financial policy is based on economy and expediency, transparency and prudent and sustainable use of resources.

Course fees, grants, Society of Friends

The International Summer Academy charges course fees; in co-operation with the Society of Friends of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, it endeavours to find sponsors for grants and scholarships in order to enable talented and needy artists and art students from all over the world to take part in Summer Academy courses. These grants always cover the course fees, and in some cases also subsidise travel and accommodation costs. The Summer Academy also aims especially to enable artists and art students from countries in Eastern and Southern Europe to participate in courses.

Quality assurance

The International Summer Academy is to be seen as a learning institution, constantly developing through dialogue with teachers and students, with clients and state representatives, and with the local and international world of education and the arts. A questionnaire giving feedback from teachers and students provides an important instrument for evaluation.


The International Summer Academy is committed to the fundamental values of diversity, gender mainstreaming, equal opportunities and anti-discrimination. All its decisions are based on environment-friendliness and careful use of resources. Dealings within the team and with the teachers and students are marked by respect, tolerance, mutual esteem, curiosity and openness. The Summer Academy shows responsibility for the environment and the social conditions under which people live and work, and endeavours to break down barriers for disabled people.


Thanks to the support of patrons, sponsors and in of members of the Society of Friends of the International Summer Academy, we can offer some 80 grants annually for participation in a course. Details of the Society of Friends and how to become a member are available here.

  • Society of Friends of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts
  • The American Austrian Foundation (AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts)
  • Eastern Europ grants: Austrian Federal Chancellery - Division II Arts and Culture
  • ERSTE Foundation
  • Arts Fund of the Town of Salzburg
  • Province of Salzburg/arts section

Further partners

  • CCA Lagos
  • Fine Art Department (FADA), Kingston University, London
  • Free State of Bavaria
  • Gordon College, Wenham, MA
  • Münster Academy of Fine Arts
  • Society of Friends of the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts
  • Province of Vorarlberg
  • Province of Burgenland
  • Province of Styria


Applications should include the following documents:

  • application form (please click below "ONLINE APPLICATION"),
  • full CV,
  • photographs/copies/concepts of applicant's own work (portfolio) as indicated,
  • reservation of accommodation (if required).

For the courses concerning curatorial theory and praxis, writing and blogging, a full CV and a letter of intent is required. Also, you should explain why you are applying and why you think you are qualified for participation (please write in one of the languages of the teacher of the class you have chosen).

You can upload (see below) your portfolio joined together in a PDF or ZIP file or also in single documents (jpg or doc formats only). To avoid any confusion, you are requested to label your documents with your proper names. There are 5 files with max. 35 MB possible to upload. The Summer Academy team is ready to answer any questions you may have.


The fees consist of the enrolment charge of € 200.– (non-refundable) and a course fee which varies according to the length of the course (€ 250.– per week/reduced fee € 170.–). Students are entitled to the reduced fee on production of a valid confirmation of enrolment at an educational institution for the 2018 summer term as well as SN-CARD-holders.

Costs for material used in the courses are not included in the participation fee, and will be charged separately at the beginning of the course.

It is generally not possible to attend a course for only one week. Students attending two consecutive courses pay the enrolment fee only once; the course fee is calculated according to the total number of weeks.

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Eligible Countries
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Publish Date
March 20, 2018
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