Grants for International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Austria

Deadline: 10 April, 2013
Open to: art students
Grants: 90 grants, which cover only tuition costs and grants for Eastern Europe which cover tuition, living and travel costs

About the International Summer Academy

Every year, some 300 participants from more than 40 countries attend some 20 courses offered in three locations: Hohensalzburg FortressAlte Saline Hallein and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn. Well-known artists from all over the world offer courses and workshops focusing on painting, drawing, graphic arts, (stone) sculpture, installation, mixed media, video, photography, performance and curatorial practice.

The unique atmosphere of these places, the outstanding quality of the teaching  and the ambitious programme of events, with Lunch Talks, lectures on art history and theory, discussions, vernissages, gallery talks, etc., offer an opportunity for intensive participation in the production, reflection and mediation of topical contemporary art. The events, open to the public, make an important contribution to mediating contemporary art and forms of discourse in Salzburg.
For many participants, these summer weeks in Salzburg represent a unique opportunity to devote themselves exclusively to producing and reflecting on art. They can review their role as artists and the social function of art production, and consider the question of how to attract the attention of new sections of the public for their work.


This year there will be 21 courses of between one and four weeks in three locations: Hohensalzburg Fortress, the old salt factory (Alte Saline) in Hallein and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn. The teaching artists come from all over the world – from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Haiti, India, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, the UK and Austria. The programme offers a wide variety ranging from stone sculpture to media art, from “Arte útil” (useful art) to jewellery design. The focus is on exploration, defining and interpreting the terrain where art is produced, presented and communicated – as well as on the inevitable disillusionment that occasionally arises, and the subsequent re-enchantment. Students will be given assistance in discovering their own artistic cosmos and creating scope for development.


  • Some 90 grants, usually covering tuition costs only, are available for participation in one of the classes at the Summer Academy.
  • The Eastern Europe grants awarded by the Summer Academy also include travel and living costs ( € 200.– per week )
  • Additional subsidies for travel and living costs are offered by the American Austrian Foundation (AAF), ERSTE Foundation, Free State of Bavaria, and Münster Academy of Fine Arts. Applications for these grants should be made directly to the granting bodies, according to their guidelines and closing dates. 


The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts offers Eastern Europe grants for art students from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine.

Application for grants

Applications for 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).

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)

Application form can be found here

The closing date for all applications is 10 April 2013.

The Official Website


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