Pentiment – International Summer Academy of Art and Design

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Pentiment – Internationale Sommerakademie für Kunst und Design e.V. has been organising courses at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking, photography, graphic design, illustration, calligraphy, fashion and textiles since 1988 and is one of the oldest summer academies in Europe.[1]

The venue is the building of the Department of Design at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Armgartstrasse. The Summer Academy programme is aimed at professional artists, designers, art and design students and self-taught artists from all over the world who want to explore artistic possibilities. Participants must prove their artistic qualifications by submitting examples of their work when they apply. However, rejections are rare.


The Summer Academy was founded in 1988 by Erhard Göttlicher, draughtsman and professor of drawing at HAW Hamburg. Seven courses were held for the first time, supported by Manuel von Klipstein as managing director. From 1988 to 1992 the number of courses doubled.
In 1993 Pentiment became a permanent institution of HAW Hamburg.
In 1994 Eun Nim Ro[2], painter and professor of painting at the Department of Design at HAW Hamburg, took over the artistic direction of Pentiments.
After her retirement in 2010 Jan Köchermann became[3] as artistic director of Pentiment.
For legal as well as financial reasons, HAW Hamburg stopped funding Pentiments in 2014.
The Summer Academy then reorganized itself in 2015 as the non-profit association “Pentiment – Internationale Sommerakademie für Kunst und Design e.V.”.[4]

Visiting Professors

As lecturers, the academy selects artists and designers from Germany and abroad. Among others, the following have taught here Max Uhlig, Thorsten Brinkmann, Norbert Bisky, Denis Darzacq, Anke Feuchtenberger, Till Gerhard, F.C. Gundlach, ATAK, Johannes Heisig, Nangaku Kawamata, Walter Kerkhofs, Shraga Kirshner, Herlinde Koelbl, Tamotsu Kondo, Hiroyuki Murase, Marc Lüders, Holger Matthies, Kostas Murkudis, Eun Nim Ro, Norbert Schwontkowski, Til Mette, F. K. Waechter, Zhou Brothers.[5]

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