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Hiscox Kunstpreis Art Award

Since 2008, the specialist insurers Hiscox has offered an art prize worth 7,500 euros in the autumn of every year in association with the HFBK Hamburg. Professors at the HFBK in the departments of Painting/Drawing, Sculpture, and Time-based Media propose a shortlist of twelve outstanding students, who then present their work to an external jury.

The awarding of the prize is accompanied by an exhibition of work by all nominees.

Award winners:

2019 Szerafina Schiesser, Saskia Stoltze / Eva Lillian Wagner
Stella Sieber
Daniel Hopp
Frieda Toranzo Jaeger
Alexander Pröpster
Stella Rossié
Anna Grath
Katja Lell
Aleen Solari
Philindo Ambun-Suri, Lars Hinrichs
2009 Ina Arzensek, Christin Kaiser
2008 Valérie Rallière

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.