[artinfo] HISK - Higher Institute for Fine Arts Advanced Studies & Practice-based Research in Visual Arts
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*HISK - Higher Institute for Fine Arts *
*Advanced Studies & Practice-based Research in Visual Arts*
The Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) organizes postgraduate education in
Flanders in the field of the audiovisual and visual arts. It provides
approximately twenty-five young artists from Belgium and abroad with a
studio of their own for the duration of two years along with specific,
At the HISK, emphasis lies mainly on individual practice with an
international focus. The visiting lecturers are crucial. Artists, curators,
critics and theoreticians pay individual studio visits at regular intervals.
There are also frequent visits to significant art events and lectures,
seminars and workshops are provided. The HISK also offers technical
facilities and production opportunities.
Thanks to the unique HISK concept, the participants are given every
opportunity to invest in critical research of their work in order to situate
it within a broader artistic, cultural and societal context.
At the end of the two-year working period, the participant receives a
certificate of 'Laureate of the HISK'. The HISK is officially recognized as
Higher Institute and is financed by the Flemish Community - Ministry of
Education and supported by the City of Ghent.
Since 1997, 148 laureates have graduated from the HISK. The largest part of
them are currently building up a successful professional career in the
Belgian and international art world.
In 2009, the candidate-laureates working at the HISK come from Canada,
Japan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Israel, the Czech Republic, Switzerland,
Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. An international
jury selected them from more than a hundred candidates.
*The Open Studios* give the candidate-laureates the opportunity to undergo a
confrontation with the public and to generate a great deal of feedback from
visual arts professionals. It also offers the audience access to and an
insight into the artistic development of a young generation of artists who
will play a part in shaping the future of the arts landscape.
APPLICATIONS FOR CANDIDATES 2010-2011*
Artists who have already obtained a Masters degree in Fine Art or an
equivalent qualification are eligible to apply to the HISK. Exceptions can
be made for applicants who do not have a Post Graduate degree in Fine Art
but display a high level of development, motivation and artistic affinity.
This is decided on the basis of an interview in which an applicant's
experience, professional or otherwise, is discussed.
A diverse group of artists who are able to work together as a community are
chosen each year. All young practitioners selected for the program are
believed to share a common potential for growth.
The admission committee is composed of international visiting lecturers from
a variety of backgrounds. They make a pre-selection from the submitted
portfolios and the candidates who make it through are invited for an
interview regarding their motivations and expectations. After a period of
evaluation and careful consideration, the committee then makes a decision as
to whether the applicant is suitable.
The conceptual and visual qualities in the works submitted by applicants are
considered to be more important than style, material or technique.
Participants are expected to have a strong commitment to conducting critical
research within their respective fields of interest. At the same time, they
should aim towards locating their practice within a broader perspective of
social and cultural environments. Candidates are also expected to make a
contribution to the activities of the HISK as a whole. This interaction is
seen to be an important forum of exchange and development.
Basic criteria for assessment are:*
*- The quality of the submitted work
- Evidence of a potential to explore various aesthetic possibilities
- The degree to which the work distinguishes itself from overt influences
- The coherence of the body of work
- The social/political relevance of the work
- The quality of presentation in the submitted portfolio (both text and
- Motivation for choosing the HISK
- Willingness to be involved in the HISK programme and ability to set aside
time for this
- Ability to speak about your work and thinking around it
- The potential to grow within the HISK programme, both on an artistic and a
- Evidence of sufficient maturity to be able to work independently
Each year between 12 and 14 candidate laureates are admitted.
*APPLICATION CANDIDATURES 2010-2011*
Please send the following:
*• A completed application form (see: www.hisk.edu)
• Your personal motivation and work plan (in English, ca. 1 page)
• A detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of exhibitions, grants,
scholarships, awards, commissions, etc)
• Catalogues and texts describing your artistic work (optional)
• Maximum 3 letters of recommendation (optional)
• 4 recent passport photographs (with your name on the back)
• A copy of your ID card or passport
2. Presentation / portfolio*
*• Power Point or PDF presentation on CD (Mac compatible), along with clear
labels stating title of work, medium, date and measurements (if necessary) +
bound print out of the presentation (colour or black & white)
• Films and videos on DVD, if possible with menu*
File to be sent to: HISK / Higher Institute for Fine Arts
Charles de Kerchovelaan 187a, B-9000 Gent, Belgium*
Deadline submission: June 15, 2009*
The first working year starts in January 2010 and ends in December 2010. An
international jury will make their selection in July 2009. The results of
the selection will be known on July 15, 2009. Applicants who have not been
selected can collect their documents at the HISK's administration office on
conclusion of the admission procedure. Documentation of selected candidates
will be archived in the HISK's records. As careful as the HISK may be in
handling the documentation submitted, we cannot be held responsible for any
loss or damage.
The registration fee for 2010 and 2011 amounts to 1000 euros per year (+ a
single deposit of 300 euros). Health insurance is not included in the
registration fee. The registration fee (and the deposit) must be paid before
the start of the working year. The Higher Institute of Fine Arts offers a
studio, work places and pedagogical guidance. There are no scholarships or
residencies available. Living costs are the participants' own
responsibility. Foreigner candidate-laureates have to arrange all necessary
administration themselves in order to obtain a visa for study purposes and
an official residence permit
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