The Ideal Residency Program in Budapest?

Discussion with the participants of the Opening Our Closed Shops 3-day international workshop

Matthias Megyeri’s exhibition and the international workshop and public presentation are the Hungarian closing events of the Opening Our Closed Shops three-year Eastern European residency exchange program, an initiative of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.

In the scope of the workshop, the participants – mostly former resident artists of the Solitude network – will be exchanging ideas about the possibilities and ideal conditions of a residency program in Budapest. Based on their own experiences, they will be discussing their ideas about the ideal residency in Budapest, involving the audience at a public presentation on 7 June. What does the city recommend, what would make such a program different here than in any other city? How do they perceive the contemporary art scene and the forms available for making contact with it? What are the ideal circumstances for creative endeavours and what are the main aspects that make a residency program truly profitable for both the artists involved and the Hungarian scene? Security; the financial, existential, physical and emotional security of the artists residing here for some time as well as the ones living and working here – in fact, even that of local communities and the entire society – will be another crucial issue.

A sister event will take place between 1- 4 June 2010 in Novi Sad, Serbia at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, organized by New Media, involving an exhibition and discussion related the same topics.

Partners of the Opening Our Closed Shops program:


Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

a-i-r laboratory, CCA (Center for Contemporary Art) Ujazdowski Zamek, Warshaw

InterSpace Media Art Center, Sofia

József Attila Circle (JAK), Budapest

Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art / ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange, Budapest

New Media, Novi Sad



Allianz Kulturstiftung, Akademie Schloss Solitude, OKM, NKA



Zsófia Lóránd, project leader, JAK | Réka Szűcs, project assistant, JAK |

Rita Kálmán, project leader, ACAX | Tijana Stepanovic project leader, ACAX | Ráhel Herendi, project assistant, ACAX




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