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Global Academy – Course programme of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts 18 July–27 August 2016

  • 27 January 2016


Press release
Course programme 18 July–27 August 2016


“Global Academy?” is the motto of the 2016 programme of courses and events at the International Summer Academy.


“The transcultural exchange of ideas and involvement in international networks play an increasing role for artists. Here the International Summer Academy offers its students abundant support.” Thus regional councillor Dr. Heinrich Schellhorn today, at the presentation of the course programme together with director Dr. Hildegund Amanshauser. “The Summer Academy is important not only for the participants,” he continued, “but also for the cultural town of Salzburg. Many of the courses relate to the town. This is how to anchor the global discourse locally.”


Ever since it was founded in 1953, the Summer Academy has been committed to the internationality of its teachers and students. Today, the students come from over 50 countries, and the teachers from the global art world.


“How can art from diverse regions of the world be effectively conveyed and understood, both locally and globally? What is the cultural knowledge on which art production, reception and education is based? Who can learn what from whom? How can we find a common language, and how does the process of translation work?” It is these questions, says Dr. Hildegund Amanshauser, that will be considered, in one way or another, in the 22 courses, which cover topics ranging from current research in painting (Varda Caivano) through The book as printed space (Bernhard Cella) to stone sculpture with Andreas Lolis and Tex Rubinowitz’s painting course entitled Homage. The theme of globalisation is also treated specifically – as for instance by feld72 in the course Public Space, which examines how global meets local and regional in the town of Salzburg, and how this is expressed in the public space and economic life of the town. Alya Sebti asks how curators can meet the enormous challenges that arise through the confusing complexity of countless new global art scenes. How can research be carried out under such conditions, and the new ideas rendered productive in our own work?


What’s new in 2016?
Imran Qureshi teaches miniature painting and contemporary art practice, and introduces students to the ancient technique of miniature painting – a tradition still continued in India and Pakistan, but little-known in Europe. The course includes instruction in brush- and paper-making and traditional processing of paints/pigments. Aaron Angell will familiarise participants with a variety of ceramic techniques. They will learn how to mix glazes and build a simple kiln. Angell focuses on ceramics as ideal “free material” for the production of contemporary sculpture, divorced from the context of craft and design.


Teachers in 2016
Aaron Angell, Kimberly Bradley, Varda Caivano, Bernhard Cella, Distruktur – Melissa Dullius/Gustavo Jahn, feld72, Melissa Gordon, Valérie Jouve, Ben Katchor, Andreas Lolis, Maha Maamoun, Marc Monzó, Irina Nakhova, Senam Okudzeto, Lukas Pusch, Imran Qureshi, Tex Rubinowitz, Nora Schultz, Alya Sebti, Ahlam Shibli, Joanna Warsza, Nicolas Wild
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Application, grants, deadlines, fees
Course fees are between € 450 and € 1,200, depending on duration. Some 80 grants will be awarded. Applications for grants should be submitted (online only) by 8 April 2016.


All applications received by 2 May 2016 will be treated equally. Later applications are welcome, and will be processed in the order received, according to vacancies in the courses.


Press kit see above.


For further details, please contact
Bärbel Hartje,, T +43 662 842113-14