ART SCHOLARSHIP 2024
SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT AND WIN FULL SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ART COURSE IN VENICE, ITALY
EUROPEAN CULTURAL ACADEMY OFFERS 2 FULL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: FRAMEWORK to DEVELOP your IDEAS course
TWO FULLY FUNDED SPOTS AVAILABLE
APPLICATION OPEN: May 15th - June 2nd, 2024

WHO CAN APPLY:
Artists, curators, students, and anyone with a creative mind

HOW TO APPLY:
Submit a text description of your project (max 1500 words) and include up to 3 relevant images

APPLICATION FEE: free

WHAT IS COVERED: 100% tuition fees. Participants cover accommodation and travel expenses themselves

CONTACT US:
+ 31 624 802 100 or study@eca.art
This course is perfect for:
  • Artists: Recharge & elevate your career
  • Professionals: Develop ideas for residencies, art fairs, or collectives
  • Career changers: Discover a powerful entry point into the exciting art world
  • Creatives from other fields: Express yourself through art & explore its potential
  • Students: Take your summer to the next level by immersing yourself in the professional art scene
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ABOUT THE COURSE
Spend two focused, deep and inspirational weeks refining your creative project or strategizing the next steps of your art career. This booster programme offers practical mentorship to creatives at every stage of their journey.

The overall goal of the programme is to help your next art project really take off.
Projects arrive in Venice at different stages. Some people haven't even started working yet, and others could have years of experience in art.

But whatever stage you are, our goal is to help you to be in dramatically better shape 2 weeks later. For most people, it means three things: write a detailed plan, have more options for funding, feel more confident in their art practice.

The atmosphere is very inspiring so most of our participants realise that they are capable of much more than they thought.

Summer edition: July 15-26, 2024
Autumn edition: October 28th - Nov 8th, 2024


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**Participants are responsible for their own flights and accommodations in Venice. The European Cultural Academy provides a comprehensive list of affordable accommodations and other student resources on their website.

JUDGES
  • DANIELLE KRYSA
    The Jealous Curator
    aka The Jealous Curator, artist and world renowned art writer, curator, and author of four best selling books on contemporary art and creativity including "A Big Important Art Book (Now With Women!)"
  • ALEXANDRA LAQUEUR
    Director, European Cultural Academy
    Alexandra is leading the Academy for more than 7 years. She gives lectures on the Venice Biennale and is responsible for curriculum of our art courses.
  • ALEXIS FEDOR
    Founder of Artist and Business
    Meet the visionary behind Artists In Business (AIB), a community-driven platform dedicated to empowering artists of all disciplines to build profitable businesses online. With a passion for performance art, writing, and entrepreneurship, she recognized the need for a space where artists could learn the skills necessary to thrive in the digital world.

TIMELINE
1
May 15th
Applications open
2
June 2nd
Applications deadline
3
June 5th
Results announced
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July 15th - 26th
or
Oct 28th - Nov 8th
Programme dates
MEET THE WINNER OF THE 2023 COMPETITION
HEIDI HOLME
Winner of the 2023 competition, Artist
Heidi Holmes' practice begins with symptoms that develop within a body and then exist outside of a body as material. These symptom-to-material installations encompass reconstruction, sculpture and atmosphere and reference domestic decoration, medicine, bodily functions, aging and feminist theory. Recent exhibitions have included a reimagining of a hot flush through a collection of cooking pots continuously boiling water and an ode to lubricant through an installation that repeated wet and dry gestures. Currently, the symptom-materials in these works reflect the conditions of Menopause, inclusive of hormone-withdrawl Menopause and Perimenopause. Formerly, these materials were determined by the annals of failed fertility and childlessness.
Australian visual artist Heidi Holmes (she/her) has a BFA(Hons) from (VCA) The University of Melbourne and an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Holmes has exhibited internationally in solo and curated exhibitions and was recently featured in Angela Balzano's book, To do away with the family, From abortion to post-human relationships, published by Meltemi Press. Holmes is a current member of Power Plant's esteemed Emerging Artist Network in Toronto,
MEET THE WINNER OF THE 2022 COMPETITION
ABIGAIL BROWN
Winner of the 2022 competition, Artist
Abigail is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Yorkshire, now living in east London. She is constantly evolving her work through medium and scale, fascinated by the exploration of combined materials and processes, but always with a focus on the Animal Kingdom.

Her animals often take the form of gods and goddesses, spiritual beings, processional figures in acts of ceremony, keepers of sacred items, story-tellers and protectors. They are informed by her love of the hand-made, by her travels and interest in different cultures, and by the folk art she collects. She seeks and treasures objects that bear the mark of their maker, items that carry stories, surfaces worn down by touch, pieces that have personality, depth and soul, that decorate the colourful walls and surfaces of her home and provide a constant source of inspiration and joy.

Image from Living at Home magazine, January 2015