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MAPS - Arts in Public Spheres Master Programme

The MAPS - Arts in Public Spheres Master programme of the ECAV - Ecole cantonale d'art du Valais, Switzerland, is a 2-year degree in the visual arts, addressing artists and professionals wishing to question the contemporary artist's relation to the public sphere. The course offers both practical and theoretical platforms for considering the public sphere in a pluri-disciplinary perspective. It combines a focus on the students' artistic practice and research projects, workshops offering practical experience in realising projects and interventions in the public sphere, yearly seminars contextualising the students' theoretical reflection and participation in exhibitions, publishing projects and study trips. The objective is to consider how art addresses different publics, the nature of public participation and collaborative production, approaching a critical analysis of space, and finally the role of the exhibition and curating in the above questions.

Located in the Valais region of Switzerland, the striking natural environment and its location, away from the country's major urban centres, provide an ideal site for detailed on-the-ground studies in the following areas: environmental and land art, socially-engaged and community projects, site-specific artistic and curatorial interventions in the public space, art and the natural sciences, artistic research practice, and work on the dialectic between periphery and centre.

MAPS - Arts in Public Spheres is part of Master of Arts HES-SO in Fine Arts, a programme that has been designed around three sites: the Haute Ecole d'Art du Valais (ECAV) in Sierre, the Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design in Geneva (HEAD) and the Ecole Cantonale d'Art in Lausanne (ECAL), and is an integral part of the Swiss Master in Fine Arts Platform, a national collaborative programme involving all the Swiss art schools.

Deadline for application is 8 April 2016.

For more information, please contact: Christopher Füllemann, coordinator of the programme, tel.: +41 (0)27 456 55 11, fax: +41 (0)27 456 55 30; e-mail: maps@ecav.ch, or visit Ecole cantonale d'art du Valais - ECAV, Rue Bonne-Eau 16, 3960 Sierre, Switzerland; www.ecav.ch