Call for Entries Artists in Residence Programme

Apply for a dense five weeks - working in the natural atmosphere of an innovative industrial ceramic manufactory, using the means of digital product development or to traditionally build up the ceramics by hand. Sharing experiences and competencies between generations and positions is programmatic for this seminar. Application ends 31 March

“The love of handcraft is not to be viewed as a sentimental inclination, but rather as the most ideal possibility for people to engage with matter. This is an engagement that creative people cannot avoid if they do not wish to remain stuck at the surface level of phenomena…

Our task is to study and shape the foundation of handcraft, to rediscover the wealth of matter for all of us and to continue to impart it without reservation. One must call into question both the character and artistry of anyone who does not submit to the labor of mastering matter…

So I tear my earth open, melt it down, let it smoulder and hope to escape loneliness through the realisation of dreams and connections…”. Kurt Ohnsorg

Call for Entries Artists in Residence Programme

Ohnsorg or: The Ultimate Possibility. Art made not just to sit on a wall, whence it might have a great fall and break. The Austrian Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek on the occasion of the 40. anniversary of the death of Kurt Ohnsorg: about his ceramics works of art and about beauty. In Die Presse, print edition, 28. 8. 2010. Translated by Gitta Honegger. []



CERAMICS ART SYMPOSIUM GMUNDEN

Initiated in 1963 by the renowned Austrian artist Kurt Ohnsorg, this Ceramic Symposium in Gmunden was the first to seek an international audience. Having had artistic guests for several weeks from all over the world such as Nigeria, India, Israel, the USA and Central Europe already 55 years ago, Dr. Conrad H. Lester, former Laufen group part owner and dedicated patron of the arts, has made this possible.

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Call for Entries Artists in Residence Programme


Inspired by Paul Lester, the son of Conrad H. Lester, the Association for the Promotion of European Ceramics Artists revived this symposium in 2003 under the lead of the Gmundner Keramik Manufaktur. The Cultural Department of the City of Gmunden, Austria organises this Symposium biennially in the Kunstwerkstatt.

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Call for Entries Artists in Residence Programme


2018

will be the first year when the artists in residence programme will also be hosted in the Laufen manufactory, Laufen`s leading development centre, in Gmunden again.

This programme is open for established artists as well as emerging talents. Kurt Ohnsorg was interested in exchange, in sharing experiences and competencies between generations and positions. This is programmatic for this seminar. 

We invite artists to apply for a dense five weeks - working in the natural atmosphere of an innovative industrial ceramic manufactory, using the means of digital product development or to traditionally build up the ceramics by hand.

Artists will have our full support to explore the materiality and aesthetics in the high temperature range. You are free to choose to work with the innovative SaphirKeramik amongst other ceramic materials and colours.  Deadline for submitting applications sent to eva.fuertbauer@gmunden.ooe.gv.at is end of March. An international panel of experts will decide on the participants.





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