Alps Art Academy


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Terms of Participation

From June 28 to July 7, 2018, the 2nd international Alps Art Academy will take place in the Safiental (Grisons, Switzerland). The Tenna Summer Academy, which is held every two years, focuses on land and environmental art.
In dialogue with the art-historical movement of the 60s and 70s, contemporary approaches to art in the Alpine landscape are discussed and further developed. The Alps Art Academy creates a platform for proposals for a possible future Land Art, which integrates the landscape, nature and the environment as well as history and society into its production.
Around 25 to 30 participants can apply to participate in the summer academy with a specific project idea, portfolio and letter of motivation.

CHF 1200.-, USD 1200.-, EUR 1000.- (10 days academy, room and board, excursions during the academy’s session), excluding travel expenses. For participants who need financial support it is possibile to apply for a scholarship.

The academy is committed to a broad mix of participants (age, gender, origin) and lower-income applicants can apply for a reduction of the fee and / or a travel scholarship up to a maximum of 100%. In addition to the regular documents, applicants should provide a letter of justification with the application form (DE or EN, maximum 600 characters).

In general, a motivation for participatory work in the Alpine region in an international setting is a prerequisite. The competition is aimed equally and without age limit at artists who are interested in working with landscape and the environment, as well as theoreticians, mediators, and curators, engaged in research on the topic of land and environmental art. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of the call for submissions.
Interested parties should apply with a project idea (practice, theory, mediation), which can be feasibly executed during the period the Academy is in session. It is not mandatory that this project be implemented, however, applicants are selected and assigned to one of the workshops / coaches.

Application Documents
To be submitted
1) Completed application form. In addition to contact information for the applicant, this should also include information on the applicant’s language skills (English is required), CV (DE or EN, max 3500 characters) and motivation letter (DE or EN, max 2000 characters). When applying for a scholarship you must also provide an explanation (DE or EN, max 600 characters).
2) Project proposal (DE or EN, max 3500 characters)
3) Portfolio (DE or EN, max 10 pages)

A panel consisting of lecturers and the artistic director of the Alps Art Academy selects the participants and assigns them to one of the workshops according to their previous knowledge, inclinations and wishes.

Selection Criteria
The criteria for awarding a place on the course are the quality of the project idea and motivation. The choice of scholarships will take into account a broad mix of participants (age, gender, background) and financial urgency.

Please  send the complete application documents (application form, project idea, portfolio) in English or German as a single PDF file (max 8 MB) by 25.3.2018 to:

Applications can be made from January 2018, and the deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 25. Subsequent or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Notification / Payment
All selected participants will be sent notification by email latest by  April 15 2018. Selected candidates must agree to transfer the participation fee to the Alps Art Academy within 30 days (by 15.5.18). If your deposit has not reached us by April 15, 2018 the commitment will be forfeited and the place will be passed on to a candidate on the waiting list. From 15.5 2018, any places still open will be re-assigned.
After receipt of payments, the names of the participants will be published on the website (from 15 May 2018).

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
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T&Cs – Terms and Conditions
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Sponsorship / operated by: Verein Naturpark Beverin
Artistic Direction: Johannes M. Hedinger; Organisation: Jolanda Rechsteiner

Contact / Further information
For further information please contact the academy by email at: