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14. – 15.12.2020
Kosten- und Finanzierungsplan. Eine unbekannte Größe? Mit Peter Müller

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  • Analog-Workshop in Einzelsitzungen

There are numerous situations in the everyday professional life of artists* in which they have to submit applications for funding programs, whereby calls for proposals often have a thematic focus that must be considered in the applications.

This workshop offers the participants the opportunity to complete an application training in several steps with Annette Hans (Artistic Director Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof) on the basis of a thematically deliberately broadly chosen fictitious open call.

The application is made with an artist statement, portfolio, project proposal and a cost plan to the call below. Afterwards - depending on the situation real or digital - constructive-critical one-on-one conversations about the content and appearance of the submitted application will be held.


The future plays a decisive role in our lives: individually and socially. We influence political elections as well as the everyday decisions of individuals. The question of the future has an impact on both large and small: At (potentially global) turning points, such as the Corona pandemic or other drastic experiences, as well as when it comes to the question of what will happen after graduation? The relationship to the future has been complicated by the corona pandemic - or rather, its complexity has come to the fore: The future has come to a standstill when everything comes to a standstill and it remains unclear when and how things will continue. The future is a temporal category of what comes after the present, but potentially also a category of utopias: How do we want it to continue?

Connected with this is the possibility of influencing it: The future happens (and may cause fear) and the future is made. Should things (social / personal) continue as they are? Or are there dreams and desires for change (even if capitalism and consumption of our neoliberal subjectivities would like to see a permanent reproduction of the status quo)?

On the basis of these lines, which are to be read as possible food for thought, interested parties are requested to apply with the following documents:

  • Artist Statement: Give an introduction to your work in max. 1000 characters
  • Portfolio with images of your artistic work: Feel free to add Vimeo or other links if you want to include videos etc.
  • Project proposal: Please sketch briefly (max. 1 DIN A4 page) an artistic project in relation to the call for proposals
  • cost plan: Outline the assumed costs for your project

Registration (for a maximum of 20 participants*) by 6.12.2020 digital (please ensure that the file size is appropriate) at

Workshop places will be allocated according to the order of registration.

This workshop is aimed at students in their final year and graduates up to 5 years after graduation.

Graphic design: Sam Kim, picture in the background: Sofia Mascate, photo: Marie-Theres Böhmker

Graduate Show 2021: All Good Things Come to an End

From September 24 to 26, the more than 150 Bachelor's and Master's graduates of the class of 2020/21 will present their final projects as part of the Graduate Show at the HFBK Hamburg. We look forward to an audience and stimulating conversations about art.

photo: Klaus Frahm

Summer Break

The HFBK Hamburg is in the lecture-free period, many students and teachers are on summer vacation, art institutions have summer break. This is a good opportunity to read and see a variety of things:

ASA Open Studio 2019, Karolinenstraße 2a, Haus 5; photo: Matthew Muir

Live und in Farbe: die ASA Open Studios im Juni 2021

Since 2010, the HFBK has organised the international exchange programme Art School Alliance. It enables HFBK students to spend a semester abroad at renowned partner universities and, vice versa, invites international art students to the HFBK. At the end of their stay in Hamburg, the students exhibit their work in the Open Studios in Karolinenstraße, which are now open again to the art-interested public.

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Katja Pilipenko

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?