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Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts – general information 18 July - 27 August 2011


The oldest summer academy in Europe

The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, founded by Oskar Kokoschka as a "school of seeing" in 1953, is the oldest of its kind in Europe.There are two principles to which the Summer Academy has always remained true: the internationality of its teachers and students, and the communal study of professional artists, art students and art-lovers. Diversity, high standards, internationality and multilingualism characterise the intensive working atmosphere of the Summer Academy, where artistic production dovetails with discourse and presentation. Individual encouragement and development of each student is taken just as seriously as discussion and exploration in the group.


Production, reflection and teaching of contemporary art

Every year, more than 300 participants from over 40 countries attend courses in the three locations: Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Alte Saline (old salt factory) in Hallein and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn. The unique atmosphere of the venues, the outstanding quality of the teachers and the first-class programme of events, with Lunch Talks, lectures on the history and theory of art, discussions, vernissages, gallery visits, etc. afford an intensive study of the production, reflection and teaching of current and contemporary art. For many participants, the summer weeks in Salzburg represent a fantastic opportunity to devote themselves exclusively to producing and reflecting on art. They can consider their own role as artist, as well as the social function of art production, and can explore the question of  how to interest new sections of the public in their works.


Hildegund Amanshauser, Director

Since 2009, the Summer Academy  has been directed by art historian Hildegund Amanshauser. She says: "I see the Summer Academy as a place of international and interdisciplinary artistic production and discourse. Participants from all over the world communicate with one another in a variety of artistic media, contributing with their diverse experience, skills and enquiries to the intensive process that characterises the Summer Academy." One innovation is the Guests in Residence; in 2010, these were the Berlin-based writer Tanja Dückers as Author in Residence and Thandile Zwelibanzi from South Africa as Photographer in Residence. Their text and photographs are on the Summer Academy homepage. This year, the range is extended to include the new course on Curatorial Practice, open to artists, curators and those interested in mounting exhibitions.


Outstanding level of satisfaction

The first questionnaire, issued to all course participants in 2010, showed that two-thirds were "highly satisfied" with their courses. This sets a high standard for 2011 – and naturally our aim is to improve on it.



Around 70 grants are available for participation in the Summer Academy; these generally cover the tuition fees. KulturKontakt Austria and the American Austrian Foundation (AAF) also offer contributions towards travel and accommodation expenses. Some grants are open to all applicants, some are intended specifically for art students. Funding comes from the Society of Friends of the Summer Academy and the following institutions: American Austrian Foundation Inc., Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts, Münster Academy of Fine Arts, Culture Fund of the Town of Salzburg, Culture Department of the Province of Salzburg, KulturKontakt Austria and the firm of Boesner. Two grants are dedicated to former teachers at the Summer Academy: Miloslav Chlupác and M. E. Prigge. Information at www.summeracademy.at. Deadline for applications: 15 April 2011.



The high quality of the courses is guaranteed partly by the application requirements (deadline 15 May 2011). Each teaching artist decides on the basis of the submitted work whether an application is successful. Applicants will be informed  by 31 May 2011.



Duration: 18 July - 27 August 2011

Application: deadline 15 May 2011 (for grants, 15 April 2011)

Fees: 4-week course: € 1,070.- (reduced fee for students: € 750.-)

3-week course: € 840.- (€ 600.-)

2-week course: € 610.- (€ 450.-)

1-week course: € .- (€ 300.-)



Director: Hildegund Amanshauser, +43 662 842113, hildegund.amanshauser@summeracademy.at

PR: Susanne Tiefenbacher, +43 664 1442114, presse@summeracademy.at

www.summeracademy.at (with downloadable photos)

February 8th, 2011
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