International Course in Contemporary Art

September 15 - October 5, 2003

Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Tihany

Tihanyi Művésztelep
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Course of study

A course of study for artists, who have already started to move in a specific direction within their work and who would like to participate in a programme, which is offering the opportunity to further develop their working practice. The course focuses on helping artists to reach a heightened understanding of their work in a wider artistic, cultural and theoretical context. Our aim is to encourage and develop the production of new works, ideas and concepts through giving access to a tutorial, seminar and workshop programme from an international field of teaching staff drawn from Goldsmiths College, London, The Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest as well as invited internationally renowned artists.

Tutors and Lecturers

Beáta Veszely, Course Leader of the International Course in Contemporary Art, Tihany. She is an artist living in London and in Hungary. Her research theme is the horse-human symbiotic relationship, as a paradigm for being-in-the-world and in relation to new technologies.
The invited lecturers from Goldsmiths College, London are Kate Smith and Susan Taylor artists and lecturers on the MA and PhD in Fine Art courses and Dr. Suhail Malik, Course Leader, Postgraduate Fine Art Critical Studies. Kate Smith is interested where fantasy and reality intersect, and works across media. Susan Taylor's main focus is in photographs, performativity, art-as-verb: function, improvisation, dematerialisation and reading. Suhail Malik's main research interest is in contemporary art's relationship with democracy and the new technologies.
David Wilkinson is an artist living in London and in Hungary. His work centres around the construction and reworking of forms taken from places that we inhabit.
János Sugár, lecturer of the Intermedia Department at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest. The artist is generating content in visual art with the help of nonsense structures. Orshi Drozdik is a New York based Hungarian artist, presently living in Rome. She is an artistic researcher of the female identity within the portstructuralist strategy.
Ákos Birkás is a painter, who has lived and worked abroad for several years, he recently moved back to Hungary. His main research interest is in the figuration within painting and the portrait in contemporary art.
Dr. György Altomáre is the Senior Consultant of Neuropsychiatry at the National Health Service Centre in Budapest. His relevant research areas are: personality, creativity in relation to the contemporary arts.
János Szoboszlai is an art historian and curator of the acb Gallery in Budapest. The title of his lecture is 'Waiting for Godot: The Institutional Frame of Contemporary Art in Hungary in the 1990s'.
Katalin Tímár is a writer and curator at the Ludwig Museum Budapest - Museum of Contemporary Art. Her main fields of interests are contemporary art and theory with a special focus on postcolonial and gender theories, as well as photography.


- Studio practice
- Group seminars
- Individual tutorials
- Written reports
- Lectures
- Exhibition

Twenty Hungarian artists and twenty artists from abroad will participate in a three-week long programme. On arrival students
will be allocated to a seminar group. Every group will be lead by two tutors, all seminars and lectures will be held in
English. The group seminar system will act as a catalyst for all the other activities. In conjunction with the seminars will
be a programme of lectures and individual tutorials. After each seminar and tutorial, students will be encouraged to produce
written reports on their progress. Lectures will focus on discourse and developments within contemporary art, practice and
theory. Towards the end of the course an exhibition will be organised of works made during this period at the premises of the
Academy in Tihany. It is our aim to make our programme known to a wide audience. At the end of the course each art student
will receive a certificate verifying their participation in the programme.

Tihanyi Művésztelep

The location are the premises of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts on the Tihany peninsula at Lake Balaton. This is a specially developed lake side site, that provides accommodation, studios, sporting facilities and catering. As part of the Hungarian National Heritage it previously belonged to the Tihany Monastery and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Many of the buildings and spaces date from the XIX century and provide a special atmosphere to the whole site. Students will have access to these buildings and will be encourage to use them as either studios or exhibition spaces. The buildings, that provide accommodation and catering were fully renovated in 1998.

Course location: 8237-Tihany, Major utca 25, Hungary.


Total course fee is 150 000 Ft (600 Euro).
This covers all costs and includes accommodation, one main meal per day.

Total course fee is 20 000 Ft (80 Euro). This covers all costs and includes accommodation, one main meal per day.

Total course fee is 80 000 Ft (360 Euro). This covers all costs and includes accommodation, one main meal per day.

Total course fee is 50 000 Ft (200 Euro). This covers all costs and includes accommodation, one main meal per day.

Successful applicants will have to pay their fees in full latest by 1. September 2003. We will give more details about how to do this later. Everybody will have to organise their own travelling. All students are responsible for their own insurance. Materials will not be provided but maybe arranged in relation to students' specific needs depending on availability at cost price.


Prospective participants in the course will be expected to follow the procedures set out below. At least basic English is essential. For the students of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts it is advised to participate in the free intensive English language course, that will be held prior to the programme.

Please send with your application:
1. Signed and completed application form. Form can be downloaded from the Academy's web-site: or can be requested at the Academy in the International Office ("Külügyi és Pályázati Iroda").
2. 12 slides (35 mm), (number each slide and please write your name directly onto the slide mount, put a cross in the left bottom corner; please do not stick anything onto the slide mounts and do not send glass mounts.)
3. Statement. Brief description of previous work and working practice (in maximum 500 words on an A4 page) typed in English. Please indicate why are you applying for the course.
4. S.A.E. (enclose only if you would like us to post your materials back after selection)

Please post your application or hand in at the International Office ("Külügyi és Pályázati Iroda").

DEADLINE: 15 June, 2003


Külügyi és Pályázati Iroda (fszt. 7)
Magyar Képz?művészeti Egyetem
1062-Budapest, Andrássy út 69-71

Please write on the envelope: 'International Course in Contemporary Art, Tihany'.

The selection will be made by a curatorium. The members of the curatorium are the senior lecturers and tutors of the course in Budapest. Every applicant will be informed by our decision in writing.

Further Information
Eszter Lázár: tel: +36 1 4780980, fax: +36 1 4780981, e-mail: ,