The HISK offers a postacademic course in audiovisual and visual art.
The institute provides 24 young artists from Belgium and abroad with a
studio of their own for two years.
The emphasis at the institute
lies on individual practice. The programme aims to achieve a practical
balance between study in the studio, discussions with visiting lecturers,
workshops, reading groups, field trips, and public presentations. The
international and culturally diverse composition of the candidate laureate
group makes for cross-pollination and dialogue.
The diversity of
the international visiting lecturers (artists, curators, critics,
theoreticians...), provides a framework within which the candidate
laureates learn to view their own work with a critical eye. The unique HISK
concept allows participants every opportunity to invest in critical
research for their work within a broader artistic, cultural, and societal
At the end of the two years, the artist receives a
‘Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts’
Since 1997, 184 laureates have graduated from the
institute. The majority of them are now pursuing successful professional
careers in the international art world.
The first of the two
working year starts in January 2013 and ends in December 2013.
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 Master degree but display a high
level of development, motivation, and artistic affinity.
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.
fee amounts to 2000 euros / year (+ a single deposit of 300 euros). Health
insurance is not included in the registration fee. The registration fee
(and the deposit) are payable before the start of the working year.
The Higher Institute of Fine Arts offers a private work space and
pedagogical guidance. There are no scholarships or residencies available.
Living costs are the participants’ own responsibility. Foreign
candidate-laureates have to arrange all the necessary administration
themselves in order to obtain a visa for study purposes and an official
Application candidatures HISK
programme 2013 and 2014
All applicants have to fill in the online
application form (www.hisk.edu
– application) and send the required material before September 10,
2012 (postmark date).
An international jury will make a selection in