Art professionals from home and abroad are invited to make individual studio visits and have in-depth discussions with each of the artists. Visiting lecturer sessions are organised throughout the entire year. Each session will host about five lecturers who are invited for three consecutive days. After the visit of the lecturers, the candidate laureates are provided with individual confidential written reports. These three-day sessions also include informal moments during which the guest lecturers and the candidate laureates can interact in a casual manner in order to exchange experiences and gain immediate feedback.
Every year, the candidate laureates open their studios to the public for four consecutive days. Open Studios gives the artists the experience of being reviewed by the general public and provides them with a lot of feedback from professionals in the visual arts field. Open Studios offers a unique and interesting insight into the specific tangible and mental space in which art is created and is an important venue for artistic discovery for many professionals in the art world.
At the end of their stay, the second-year candidate laureates present their work in a joint laureate exhibition (Final Show).They are guided by the curator and receive production support and guidance to realise their work.
To be a HISK alumnus implies that one has been admitted by an expert jury of international standing and has completed a two-year process. It does not refer to any type of art, to one particular understanding of what art should be, but to a variety of concepts of what might be called quality.
The series of alumni exhibitions highlights the versatility and diversity of the HISK alumni.
Meetings with established actors from different sectors of the art field in their studio or workspace, combined with discussions about their practice and backstage systems.
Throughout the year workshops are organised, initiated by either one of the three pillars: curatorial, research and production. They allow the artists to master new techniques in order to broaden or deepen the scope of their practice. Subjects can be suggested by the artists. The starting point is often based on a common interest. If possible, the workshop are opened up for Alumni.