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.
Applications should include the following documents:
application form, reservation of accommodation (if required), full CV, photographs/copies/concepts of applicant's own work (portfolio) as indicated.
For the courses concerning curatorial and writing praxis, 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.
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.
We also accept applications via regular mail (no originals, format A4).
The teacher of the course applied for will select successful applicants on the basis of the work submitted.
PERIOD OF APPLICATION
All applications received by 2 May 2016 will be treated equally, and a reply confirming acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent by the end of May 2016. Later applications will be accepted and processed in the order of receipt, according to vacancies in the courses. Successful applicants will receive written confirmation and detailed information from the Summer Academy.
The closing date for grant applications is 8 April 2016.
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 2016 summer term.
It is not generally 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.
Duration of course
On acceptance, the enrolment charge of € 200.– should be paid immediately. The course fee must be entered in the Summer Academy account by 30 June 2016:
Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst Salzburg
Salzburger Landes-Hypothekenbank AG,
Residenzplatz 7, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
IBAN: AT09 5500 0000 0251 6046, BIC / SWIFT: SLHYAT2S
Payments will be accepted using the following credit cards: Mastercard and Visa.
ENROLMENT FOR NON-SCHENGEN CITIZENS REQUIRING A VISA FOR AUSTRIA
To obtain a visa, an “electronic letter of intent” (EVE document) is necessary. After receiving notification of acceptance from the teacher, the Summer Academy has to apply to the Immigration Authority in Salzburg for an electronic code number, which will be forwarded to the student. With this identification number and other relevant documents, the student can apply to the appropriate Austrian Embassy for a visa.
For the EVE document, we require the following details from the student:
surname, first name(s) as in passport, address, gender, date and place of birth, nationality, passport number, name and address of the appropriate Austrian Embassy (passport and visa department).
Enrolment assumes acceptance of the General Terms and Conditions.
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 Eastern Europe grants, co-financed by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and awarded by the Summer Academy, also include travel and living costs.
Applications for the latter and all other grants should be made, online only, via the Summer Academy.
The grant application also counts as the application for a class (so need not be made separately).
The closing date is 8 April 2016.
For applying please make a file upload. It is not necessary to apply for a special grant, applications should contain the following:
- Application form for grants
- Brief informative curriculum vitae
- Statement on the reason for applying and what you expect from participation in a course at the Summer Academy
- Portfolio, approximately 10 photographs of your work (for the curatorial courses a portfolio is not necessary)
Granting bodies with travel and living costs
The American Austrian Foundation (AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts) Grants apply exclusively to art students from the USA. Please send applications to: email@example.com.
The Free State of Bavaria offers grants for students at the art academies of Munich and Nuremberg. Applications to:
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst, Salvatorstraße 2, 80327 München, Germany.
The Münster Academy of Fine Arts offers two grants for outstandingly talented students at the Academy. Grants are awarded by a jury in the course of the annual survey.
The Society of Friends of the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts awards a grant to a student at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts.
As one of the UK's leading Fine Art Schools, the Fine Art Department (FADA), Kingston University, London offers two grants for students of the BA (Hons) Fine Art course in their second year. Information/Application:firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-financed through funding from the Austrian Federal Chancellery – Division II Arts and Culture the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts awards Eastern Europe grants to art students from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine. Grants include € 200.– per week for living costs. Applications via this website.
Grants covering participation fees only
Applications for the following grants to this website. It is not necessary to state the specific awarding body.
Grants from the culture fund of the Provincial Capital of Salzburg are open to all applicants, the decisive criterion being the quality of the works submitted.
The culture department of the Province of Salzburg awards grants to talented pupils from the 7th and 8th years of secondary school or from the 3rd year onwards of vocational college, and to students of art or architecture.
The Society of Friends of the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts awards grants funded from the income from membership fees. The grants are open to all talented and needy applicants.
The Society of Friends also awards the following special grants:
The Miloslav Chlupác grant for the Stone Sculpture Symposium
This grant is dedicated to Miloslav Chlupác (1920–2008), the co-founder and long-time director of the Stone Sculpture Symposium in the Kiefer Quarry, Fürstenbrunn. It is financed by Friends of the Stone Sculpture course and includes the participation fee for the course as well as on-site accommodation.
The M.E. Prigge grant is dedicated to the artist Maria Elisabeth Prigge (1948–2007), who directed the painting classes of the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts on the island of La Gomera from 1997 to 1999, as well as the 2003 and 2005 graphic arts classes in Hohensalzburg Fortress. It is intended for young talented artists to participate in a graphic arts course (engraving, drawing, etc.), and is financed by friends of the artist.