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Plastic Workshop


Current Opening Hours

Use of the workshop is only possible after registration. This can be done by e-mail or by telephone. There is no possibility to work alone outside the regular opening hours, Mon-Fri, 10-17 o'clock.

A maximum of 2 people can work in the workshop, plus 1 person in the engine room, excluding the workshop supervisor. An exception are large projects, which cannot be realized alone; in this case 5 persons are allowed, excluding the workshop supervisor, there is an absolute mask obligation!

Due to the special situation in the plastics workshop, exposure to hazardous substances on the one hand, potential infection with the corona virus on the other, no courses will be held until November.

The plastics workshop works together with HFBK students to develop specific solutions and possibilities for the realisation of their individual project plans. This could mean the building of models and moulds, product development to functioning model stage, or the addressing of a problem specific to material or process. Every semester, two introductory courses are offered in which practical and theoretical knowledge about the processing of artificial materials, their specific properties and the dangers involved in working with them are taught. Participation in an introductory course is a requirement for working in the workshop.

At present the following techniques and processes are available: building of an initial model in PU/PS foam and PU blocks as well as mould construction in FCM (Fibre-Composite Material), PU block materials and silicone rubber; the creation of laminates and sandwich structures in FCM; further casting and vacuum casting forms using PU, EP and UP resins as well as CNC cutting and CNC foam cutting, and manual working of artificial materials using machines: sawing, turning and drilling.

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

We cordially invite you to the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as to the presentation of the Hiscox Art Prize on November 4 from 6 p.m. via livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

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.

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?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.