Salzburg, Austria

Minerals and Overalls

when 19 July 2021 - 14 August 2021
language English
duration 4 weeks
fee EUR 1080

This course is part of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts's 2021 programme.

Course leader

Cäcilia Brown, Anna Hofbauer and Mikkel Holm Torp

Target group

open to anyone interested in fine arts

Course aim

In the Untersberg mountainside, a small community of workers developed around the industry focused on stone quarrying. The quarry is still active but is now, with the help of mechanisation, driven by a few people. The framework for community life remains, and at the same time offers ideal conditions for work that is dusty and noisy, as well as space to find calm in the simplicity of mountain life. We invite you to come for the four weeks to use this platform and the unique material and spatial possibilities it offers.

The exchange between material and place, place and individuals will be explored, with the surroundings as a point of departure, inviting participants to engage with ancient materials in the mixing-pot of contemporary conversation.

In this course, participants and the teaching artists live and work for four weeks directly on site. In the atmosphere of a symposium, exchange of ideas and individual work progress are valued equally. We will discuss emerging questions on shape, surface, forms of language, expression and intention.

Participants can learn or refine technical skills in the treatment of stone, use and learn basic steel treatment such as cutting and welding, or work site-specifically in other media.

Helping each other, discussing ideas, perhaps developing a collective practice or working individually, as well as preparing food and maintaining everyday life in the quarry – these are common ground. There will be core working hours which can be freely adjusted depending on the project.

Students in this course generally live and work in the former workers' houses on site. Everyday life in the quarry (cooking, cleaning, etc.) is organised by the students themselves. From Saturday evening, 25 July, simple dormitory accommodation is available in the quarry grounds for € 7.- per night. An invoice will be issued in advance.

Fee info

EUR 1080: regular fee
EUR 760: reduced fee for students


Grant applications can be sent before 3 May.