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About the Lake Balaton Art Residency

The Lake Balaton Art Residency is the main programme of our Foundation, organised for the first time in 2018. Our aim is to provide a high quality professional environment and a relaxed and calm atmosphere for the artists to realise their ideas. Over the years, we have hosted close to fifty talented artists. Each year, an independent professional jury is challenged by a large number of applications, to select the winning ones.

 

The residency programme and the creative work of the artists are supported by an established, successful contemporary Art Mentor. The Art Mentor is a facilitator and supporter, helping artists realise their own potential and ideas – if the artist wishes to take up the opportunity.

In many cases, Artist meet each for the first time at the art residency. During the workshop, we organise professional and social events, where we invite renowned experts in the field to give a lecture. In addition, discussions, bonfires and maybe even a barbecue contribute to a relaxing time together.

 

We attach great importance to the high quality of the workshop, both in terms of organisation, execution and education. We would like our artists to have the opportunity to have fun and to express their creativity, but also to meet other artists of the same artistic nature, or even to establish business contacts that could lead to future collaboration with our partners and sponsors.

Since 2018 we have

organized

4

art residencies

had more than

150

applicants

hosted

50

artists

Szólád, the perfect place for art

The scene of the Lake Balaton Art Residency is Szólád, a village boasting a bit more than 500 residents, located 5 km from the south coast of Lake Balaton. This idyllic setting is the perfect environment to express free creativity.

Art Mentor 2022

Photo: Dávid Bíró

Botond Keresztesi, artist

Botond Keresztesi is one of the talents of today’s generation of artists recognised not only in Hungary but internationally as well. Born in 1987 in Târgu Mureș, Romania, he graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2012. He has been a member of the Studio of Young Artists Association as well as the Csakoda Group since 2010. He was awarded the Derkovits Scholarship between 2016 and 2018. He lives and works in Budapest, his works, exhibited all around the world, have received significant international attention.

Theme:
You are a puppet!
(From Pinocchio to Amazon Alexa)
The central element of the theme is the anthropomorphized puppet, or the figure dubbed a robot in Karel Capek’s 1921 drama R.U.R. From prehistoric times onwards, carved deities, puppets and totems have accompanied art throughout history. A popular subject of the early avant-garde, Dada or surrealism, but also a central motif of the artists of the Bauhaus. So the main question is what actually happened to this carved idol and mask, initially representing God and later his image, over the centuries, and then in the twentieth century the robot is created, initially a servant of man, then gradually part of our everyday life, and then in our present life became a disembodied soul, which we can talk to in the form of an algorithm through a headset. What is actually the purpose of this impersonation or depersonalization, and who or what is actually the avatar of God.

Programmes

During the Art Residency, we offer a variety of programmes for the artists: Art Mentor support during the Creative Workshop, professional talks and lectures with other fellow artists, entertainment,campfire and barbecue, open workshops, and a joint exhibition.

Art Mentor programme

During the art residency, we provide artists with a high quality professional leadership support from a renowned, established and successful local contemporary artist(s). In the past 2 years, we had the honour to welcome two famous Hungarian artists as Art Mentors: Attila Kondor and Róbert Batykó.
Our Art Mentors provide answers to professional and career-related questions, and offer a range of advice to help artists achieve further success.

Social programmes

Participation in social programmes is optional for all artists. Over the years, many friendships and long-lasting professional relationships have been formed around the campfire, over a barbecue or while getting to know each other’s work.

Exhibition

The exhibition, which follows the two weeks long art residency closes the whole event. Here, visitors will not only be able to view the finished works, but can also meet and get to know the artists themselves. This further promotes better understanding of local artists and recognition of their work.

Words from our participating artists

Application – Lake Balaton Art Residency 2022

Art Mentor

Botond Keresztesi
Photo: Dávid Bíró
  • Location: Szólád
  • Date: 1-14 August 2022 (14 days)
  • Artistic theme: You are a puppet! (From Pinocchio to Amazon Alexa) The central element of the theme is the anthropomorphized puppet, or the figure dubbed a robot in Karel Capek’s 1921 drama R.U.R. From prehistoric times onwards, carved deities, puppets and totems have accompanied art throughout history. A popular subject of the early avant-garde, Dada or surrealism, but also a central motif of the artists of the Bauhaus. So the main question is what actually happened to this carved idol and mask, initially representing God and later his image, over the centuries, and then in the twentieth century the robot is created, initially a servant of man, then gradually part of our everyday life, and then in our present life became a disembodied soul, which we can talk to in the form of an algorithm through a headset. What is actually the purpose of this impersonation or depersonalization, and who or what is actually the avatar of God.
  • Applicants: Applicants must have turned 18 before applying to the Art Residency. Applicants must have a valid passport to be considered in the selection process. Applicants must have a proven, demonstrable individual artistic history. We welcome artists from all over the world, but in 2022 the Lake Balaton Art Residency is particularly focusing on strengthening the artistic cooperation among the Visegrad Group countries (the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia and Hungary).
  • Application deadline: June 10 (Friday), 2022
  • Feedback on the success of the application: June 24 (Friday), 2022

Conditions of application:

  1. Short CV of the artist, with contact details and a list of their previous exhibitions, including links to the artist’s own website, Artsy or other professional profiles
  2. A digital portfolio of at least 5-15 good quality photographs from previous artworks
  3. The number and sizes of the planned works, a visual design, a sketch of the work, a drawing, related to the theme
  4. A brief description of the artist’s plan for the works to be created during the art residency (we do not expect a final plan, but rather inspiration and research direction)
  5. Acceptance of application conditions

The winners will be selected by an independent jury of artists and art historians. Maximum of 15 artists will be selected.

For selected artists the Foundation will provide:

  • Travel costs reimbursement up until a maximum of 300 Euros on a budget airline, second class cabin train or bus/coach ticket. The selected applicants will be contacted separately to assess their individual travel needs.
  • Accomodation for the duration of the art residency
  • Two hot meals a day (lunch, dinner) during the art residency
  • Full cost of materials (canvas, frame, paint) based on the application project submitted and accepted by the applicant. The selected applicants will be contacted separately to assess their individual material needs.
  • Activities and professional programmes (wine tasting, professional programmes, visit to Lake Balaton)

Expectations:

  • Preparedness and dedication from the artist, who has the experience to realise their preconceived plans during the residency.
  • One – or two (depending on the size and number of pieces) – works per artist, made during the art camp and chosen by the organisers, must be donated to the organisers. The selected works will form part of the Lake Balaton Contemporary Art Collection, established in 2018.

Recommendation for the application work submitted:

  • Recommended number of works: minimum of 3, maximum of 5 pieces.
  • Suggested size: minimum 50×50 cm or other variations, but in general works of 100×100 cm or slightly larger are recommended.

The evaluation aspects are: The quality of the work plan submitted by the applicant, Previous artworks and exhibitions, The applicant’s professional background

Coronavirus prevention measures – Let’s protect each other!

  • During the Lake Balaton Art Residency, we comply in all aspects with the current regulations issued by the Hungarian government concerning the coronavirus. Currently there are no Coronavirus related restrictions in the country.
  • Please indicate in your CV whether you hold or will hold a certificate of immunity before the start of the Residency. This will be taken into account in the selection process in accordance with the regulations in force at the time.
  • Artists with a high temperature or fever at the time of arrival, or other symptoms of the coronavirus, are not allowed to attend the Art Residency. Applicants agree to have their body temperature checked by the Organisers on arrival.
  • We provide free face masks and hand sanitizer for artists attending the Residency.
  • We place special emphasis on ensuring the highest standards of hygiene.

    If you encounter any problems filling out the application form, you can send your application to application2022@kortarsalkotomuhely.hu by e-mail.