Alps Art Academy


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Terms of Participation

From June 25th to July 4th, 2020, the 3rd international Alps Art Academy will take place in the Safiental (Grisons, Switzerland). The summer academy, which is held every two years in Tenna, focuses on land and environmental art.

In dialogue with the art-historical movement of the 1960s 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.

A maximum of 30 participants will be accepted to the summer academy.

In general, a motivation for participatory work in the Alpine landscape in an international setting is a prerequisite. The competition is aimed equally 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 20 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.

+ Participants have to be present during the entire duration of the academy (25.06. – 04.07.2020).

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), BIO (DE or EN, max. 2500 characters, including the 5 last and most important exhibitions or publications) 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)


Application Deadline
Please send the complete application documents (application form, project idea, portfolio) in English or German as a single PDF file (max. 5 MB) by 8.03.2020, 23.59 (CET) to

Subsequent or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Selection Criteria
The criteria for awarding a place on the academy 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.

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.

CHF 1‘200.–, USD 1‘200.–, EUR 1‘110.– (10 days academy, accommodation in double room, board, excursions during the academy’s session), excluding travel expenses.

The Alps Art Academy strives to keep the participation fee as low as possible. The program costs are subsidized by the Alps Art Academy and other partners.

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

Notification / Payment
All applicants will be sent notification by email by March 25, 2020. Selected candidates must agree to transfer the set participation fee to the Alps Art Academy by April 19, 2020 the latest. If the payment has not reached the academy office by April 19th, 2020 the commitment will be forfeited and the academy place will be passed on to a candidate on the waiting list. From April 20, 2020, any places still open will be re-assigned.

A list with the participants will be published on the website after end of April 2020.

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


Alps Art Academy
c/o Naturpark Beverin, Hauptstrasse 35, CH – 7104 Versam