Summer School - Images into Words: Writing About Art, 14-23 August 2017, Festung Hohensalzburg, Austria

Publish Date: Mar 22, 2017

Deadline: Apr 03, 2017

Event Dates: from Aug 14, 2017 12:00 to Aug 23, 2017 12:00

About the summer school

Are you a curator whose work requires you to write bothsnappy press releases and theoretical catalogue essays? An emerging or even established art critic? Are you an artist who works with text, an art blogger, or someone who simply enjoys translating visual experiences into words? Writing about visual art is never easy, no matter what itspurpose might be. To paraphrase a well-known saying, writing about art can feel like dancing about architecture. This workshop provides an array of tools to help art writers in all areas to find not only their individual voices, but also focus and flow.

We will consider different forms of art writing, along with their histories and idiosyncracies. We’ll practice skills such as focused research, close viewing, interviewing, and the all-important steps of self-revision and editing. We’ll learn how to approach the blank page or screen unafraid, and discover our own writing processes. Through discussions, group sessions, exercises, and individual consultations and assessments, participants will learn how to “throw the clay” (write first drafts) and then shape those raw words into polished texts they can consistently feel good about.


  • Medium/Media: text
  • Location: Festung Hohensalzburg
  • Languages: English (primary) and German
  • What to bring: Laptop (or pen and paper, but laptop/tablet preferred); your ideas, thoughts and questions on art writing in
  • all its forms; works in progress
  • Requirements: Enthusiasm for writing, curiosity
  • Maximum number of participants: 18
  • Co-teacher: Andrea Kopranovic
  • Participation fee: € 600,– (€ 470,–)


Applications should include the following documents:

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.
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 2017 will be treated equally, and a reply confirming acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent by the end of May 2017. 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 3 April 2017.


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 2017 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.


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 2017:
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.


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).

For more information click "Further official information" below.

This opportunity has expired. It was originally published here:

Similar Opportunities


Art History



Eligible Countries


Host Countries