The aim of the summer course is to bring to Flanders, annually, a select group of 18 national and international, highly qualified young researchers. They will be presented with an intensive 10-day program of lectures, discussions, and visits related to the specific course theme within Flemish art. This theme will vary annually and will focus each year on a different art-historical period.
The aim is to provide the participants with a clear insight into the Flemish art collections from the period at hand, as well as into the available and most suited research methods, the state of the research and the research needs. We expect active participation from the participants, and therefore the discussion following each lecture will form an essential part of the program.
The first edition of the summer course titled The age of van Eyck in context will take place from June 21 through July 1 2015. Its content is coordinated by the Groeninge Museum and the Flemish Research Centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands. The program will take place in Bruges, Ghent and Brussels. The language of the summer course will be English.
Participants have a master's degree or are PhD-student. Participants are specialised in 15th century art form the Burgundian Netherlands.
The second edition is devoted to Baroque art in the Southern Netherlands, with a focus on the figure of Peter Paul Rubens. The age of Rubens in context is coordinated by the Rubenianum and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. This edition will take place at the end of June 2016.
Thanks to the generous support of the Flemish Government the participation fee of the Summer Course is now fixed at €900 per person. The fee includes the full 10-day programme, 10 overnight hotel stays (Bruges, Ghent, Brussels) in a single-occupancy room, all transportation within the programme, all entry tickets, 2 receptions, 5 dinners and 5 lunches. Not included in the participation fee is the transportation to and from Belgium, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.
To facilitate students with limited financial means the organisation of the Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders together with the Flemish Government has made available two grants of €450 each. These grants will be awarded (preferably) to one European and one non-European applicant of the Summer Course. The recipients of the grant will pay a reduced participation fee of €450 instead of the regular fee. In addition to a resume and letter of motivation required for general applications, candidates for the grants are asked to send the application form.
Thanks to the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation's History of Art Grants Program two US students and citizens are offered a grant that will fully cover the programme fee and round trip flights between Belgium and the US. In addition to a resume and letter of motivation required for general applications, candidates for the grants are asked to send a one page statement explaining their financial need and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process in early December.
Application for the Summer Course is now closed.
This footage gives an impression of the successful first edition of the Summer Course:
The Summer course for the study of the arts in Flanders is a joint initiative of the Flemish Art Collection, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum Bruges, the University of Ghent, the University of Leuven, Illuminare - Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven), the Rubenianum, the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA) (contributing partner).