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Summer Schools and Creative Workshops. Six Opportunities! 0

Karīna Jēkabsone

Become a curator in Moscow, develop a design concept for a good Bordeaux wine, create video art in the supermarket together with Polish artist Artur Żmijewski, or, attend a summer school in Venice, one that is organized in cooperation with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. This summer, a number of European art universities and art centers are offering opportunities to participate in workshops led by internationally recognized artists, as well as giving the chance to collaborate with other professionals in the field. In fact, these summer schools and workshops welcome any and all persons interested or involved in the arts, as well as cultural professionals. While you travel around Europe this summer, we encourage you to both expand your creative experiences and to find new contacts!

Moscow Curatorial Summer School
Sponsored by the V-A-C Foundation

Applications accepted through 5 June, 2013
Date and location: 1 – 20 July, 2013; Moscow, Russia
Cost: application and participation are free of charge; traveling expenses and room and board are covered by the organizers

In 2013, the annual Moscow Curatorial Summer School will be held for the second time. This year's theme is This is the Show, and the Show is Many Things, which is a reference to the innovative exhibition put together in 1994 by the Belgian curator, Bart De Baere. The school's lectures, seminars and main student project will all fall under this theme. Students will create their main project under the tutelage of the curator group Raqs Media Collective, from New Delhi, India, who have stated that they will concentrate on getting the students to think – to generate ideas and plan an exhibition. The goal of the organizers is to show the participants the wide array of opportunities that a curator has, and to instill in them the idea that an exhibition does not have to have just one certain form – it can be a collective research project, a social or political demonstration, an intellectual discussion, or take on various forms of interdisciplinary actions. As Raqs Media Collective explains: “In our work, other fields of art and culture always play an important part – from literature to music, science, film, architecture and, of course, philosophy and politics. These will also be significant aspects when we lead the main project part of the Moscow Curatorial Summer School.” Lectures will be given by curators and artists from the US, Italy, Belgium (including Bart De Baere), India and Russia. These will also be open to the public.

Participants are required to have completed a university degree in the humanities, or to have professional experience in contemporary art (either as a working curator or artist).In order to participate in the seminars and lectures, one must have adequate knowledge of the English language. Hands-on activities will take place in English and Russian. The organizers welcome all professionals involved in the arts and the creation of exhibitions who have an interest in contemporary art and the theory and practice of putting together exhibitions. Applications must include a CV, a letter of motivation, and an essay.

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Tallinn Summer School
Organized by Tallinn University

Applications accepted through 15 May
Date and location: July – August, 2013; Tallinn, Estonia
Cost: 50 – 600 EUR, depending on the course and its length

This year, the University of Tallinn Summer School will be offering courses on foreign languages, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as a wide-ranging program in the creative disciplines. Tallinn University provides classes that focus on the acquisition of the newest technologies, such as new media design and digital industries management. Estonian artists have been recruited to lead classes in fine art-painting and glass art. Cooperation with other Estonian universities in the creative programs will play an important role. The Baltic Film and Media School offers theoretical courses on cinema, as well as practical courses on film-making and photography. Similarly, cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Arts gives students the opportunity to take courses on creating animation film shorts, while the Estonian Business School of Applied Sciences offers three programs in design – paper, furniture design and felting. The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre offers a course on creative entrepreneurship. Some classes, such as art therapy, are taught by visiting foreign lecturers.

Most of the courses are held in July and August. Prices for the various programs vary, and in some programs there is an option of taking only part of a course. The Tallinn Summer School provides accommodations, but you must register for those by 1 June. From 15 July through 2 August, a diverse cultural program is also open to all summer school students – weekend excursions, museum visits, martial arts and dance classes, and lectures on Estonian culture.

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Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts
Applications accepted through 15 May, 2013

Date and location: 22 July – 31 August, 2013; Salzburg, Austria
Cost: 500 – approx. 1000 EUR, depending on the length of the course

The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts was founded in 1953, and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Every year, around 300 participants from more than 40 countries attend the summer school, with classes taking place in the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Old Salt Factory in Hallein, and the Quarry in Fürstenbrunn. The Academy's faculty is also international, consisting of established artists from Germany, India, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Austria and elsewhere. The more than 20 courses and creative workshops will feature fine art painting, drawing, graphic design, sculpture, installation work, mixed media, video art, photography, performance art and exhibition management. Special attention will be given to current topics in the art world and to the study of the newest trends in art, as well as to the development of each participant's own abilities and talents.

The Salzburg Summer Academy is open to all. Applications must include a CV, a creative biography (with photographs, copies and conceptual drafts of works), and a letter of motivation. Prices for summer studies vary according to the length of each course. Since every course lasts for more than one week, the minimum cost of attendance is 500 EUR. The Academy provides accommodations in a student hostel.

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The International Summer Academy for Fine Arts and Media, Venice
Applications accepted through 31 May, 2013

Date and location: 23 June – 13 July, 2013; Venice, Italy
Cost: Application fee of 150 EUR. One week of study costs 400 – 550 EUR, which is dependent on the total length of the individual course. Student discounts available.

The Venice Summer School was established in 2003. The school offers an international faculty made up of professional lecturers and artists from the US, Austria, Italy, Germany, Poland and elsewhere. 13 study programs are being offered this year, most of which can be combined in various ways (you can take only one course per week). Some artistic fields will have several courses taught by different teachers. For instance, there will be three separate workshops on fine art painting, each with its own instructor; while photography will have two workshops – one led by the American photographer James Higginson, the other by Austrian photographer Willy Puchner. One of the most topical programs, as viewed by the organizers, is new media art, in which participants will be instructed on art and design as they pertain to smart phones, the internet and on-line social networks. There will also be courses on experimental architecture, sculpture, jewelry design, music, creative writing, and how to establish a career in art. The workshops have been created as vehicles through which each individual artist can freely hand down their personal knowledge and experience. Class sizes will be relatively small, which makes the workshops suitable for both experienced artists and beginners alike. Emphasis will be placed on an interdisciplinary approach – a new course of study can be chosen every week, and students will be encouraged to work together in groups and create interdisciplinary projects. The Venice Summer School operates in cooperation with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Venice Biennale, and the Francois Pinault Fund.

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Creating through collaboration. Space. Body. Camera. A creative workshop by Polish artist Grzegorz Kowalski
Applications accepted through 23 June, 2013
Date and location: 25 August - 7 September, 2013; Warsaw, Poland
Cost: application and participation are free of charge 

For the third year now, the Center for Contemporary Art in Ujazdowski Castle is holding a workshop that brings together young artists from around the world. Under the guidance of Professor Grzegorz Kowalski from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts Audiovisual Department, participants work upon a collaborative project. As the workshop's leader explains: "Our main objective is not to create a masterpiece, but to become actively involved in the communication process through the use of shapes and sounds. We believe that collaborative improvised activity increases the creative potential of the participants." As they work together, the participants will try to avoid the use of verbal communication, and will instead try to find new systems of language. The first of these is the language of visible shapes and sounds – body language, color, movement and sound. Only then comes a language that includes universal signs and gestures. Of great importance will be the development of bodily expression, so in addition to lectures and discussions on art history, culture and anthropology (which will all be in English), classes on choreography will also be a crucial part of the program. The section on the practical application of communication will be led by Polish artist Artur Żmijewski, with whom participants will be heading to work outside of the studio – in such public spaces as supermarkets or urban settings. It is planned that half of the participants will be young Polish artists, and the other half – foreign students. In order to facilitate cooperation between the participants, the organizers encourage participants to stay in a communal living space – the nearby dormitories (accommodation for the length of the workshop costs 100 euros). Previous experience with photography and/or video equipment, as well as a working knowledge of video editing programs, are recommended.

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Vini Vinci Vindi Creative Workshop
Applications accepted through 31 May, 2013

Date and location: 2-13 September, 2013; Bordeaux, France
Cost: Registration fee of 300 EUR 

The aim of this creative workshop is to develop and bring to fruition projects that deal with the development of wine culture in the Bordeaux region of France. The workshop is planned for about 30 young artists. The project is closely linked to design, architecture and landscape architecture, and will include the creation of a local identity and the development of a creative strategy for wine products; this will be done in cooperation with commercial business partners (one of which is the famous Italian design firm, Alessi). Wine culture will be studied from two aspects: firstly, that of wine as a product and its production processes; and secondly, that of the grape-growing process and the characteristic landscape of the region. In looking for the shared features of these two aspects, the participants will be asked to come up with convincing and innovative recommendations that would reveal the singularity of the local Bordeaux wine region. The project will consist of two parts: in the first week, participants will learn the theory behind wine making by studying the features of the grape-growing region, as well as reviewing the development process that goes into the making of both the product of wine and the branding of it. This part will be lead by lecturers from three collaborating universities: the Bordeaux School of Higher Education in the Arts (EBABX), the Bordeaux School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture et de paysage de Bordeaux), and the Milan School of Design (Scuola del Design del Politecnico di Milano). Also scheduled are presentations by businesses involved both in producing wine and in supporting the wine industry, which will be given by professionals in the wine business and design fields. The second week will consist of the participants focusing on the development of a design concept and the realization of the various projects created by the student groups. Participants will work together with professional designers, architects, landscape architects, engineers and faculty from the three above-mentioned universities. The students' assignment is to rejuvenate the wine culture throughout the territory through the use of architectural solutions, and to create innovative design products. Applications must include a CV, a creative portfolio, and a letter of motivation. Participants must cover their own room and board.

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