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"Third Course in Contemporary Art Offered in September"
2005-04-11 until 2005-04-30
TIPP - Tihany International Postgraduate Program
Budapest, , HU Hungary

The TIPP Foundation International Postgraduate Program, Tihany, Hungary Goldsmiths College, London - Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 3. TIPP INTERNATIONAL COURSE IN CONTEMPORARY ART 5-25 September 2005 INTRODUCTION TIPP - Tihany International Postgraduate Program is an international collaborative research initiative between the Visual Arts Department at Goldsmiths College, London and the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. The program includes symposiums, intensive courses, conferences, artist-in-residencies, exhibitions and other events as well as the production of publications. Our aim is to create an international forum for artists to explore the creative diversity of contemporary fine art practice and the nature of the critical discourse, which surrounds it.

The courses also provide a chance to have access to the experience of the teaching staff from both Goldsmiths and the Hungarian Academy in Budapest and can serve as an introduction to postgraduate study at either institution. The teaching techniques we use have been developed by Goldsmiths College over the last 15 years and exemplify an approach that is deeply critical, whilst also being irreverent and playful. The courses are ideal for those who are considering returning to postgraduate education after a break or those who wish to have an intensive period of reflection and discussion around their current practice. In this sense the teaching is centred around the participants' individual needs.

The programs are mainly situated at the newly renovated premises of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Tihany, where participants have the opportunity to experience art, theory and debate away from its usual urban environment. In locating TIPP this way, a uniquely open atmosphere is created. From experience we have found that the opportunity for more relaxed social interaction between participants directly contributes to freer expression and sharing of ideas and a more open forum for debate.

TIPP Academic Board of Curators
Professor Gerard Hemsworth, Director of Postgraduate Studies in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Professor Brian Falconbridge, Associate Head, Sir John Cass Department of Arts, Media & Design, London Metropolitan University, Professor Ádám Farkas, Rektor of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Beáta Veszely, Director of TIPP

Tihany is a very lively village during the summer holidays with first class restaurants, bars and cafes all a short walk from TIPP's premises. Since the mid sixties it has been a favourite holiday location for people from all over Europe. It is a peninsula reaching out into Lake Balaton, the largest fresh water lake in Central Europe. The landscape is volcanic in nature and the main industries are forestry, viniculture and tourism. Tihany also boasts a long and colourful history; it was the burial place of the Hungarian royals in the middle ages and is the site of a beautiful baroque church that belongs to the Benedictine order. The Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts' premises where TIPP is based are the original agricultural buildings of the monastery. The setting is unusually serene and forms part of a large nature reserve that is home to many rare forms of plant and animal life. The 2000 m2 grounds of the facility accommodate an array of buildings set in fields that roll down to the side of a small inland fishing lake, the Belsö Tó. The premises of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts at Tihany were fully renovated in 1998. They offer accommodation for forty people during the summer and twenty-five during the winter. Most of the rooms are double with a few accommodating upto four people; all rooms have an on-suite bathroom with shower. The complex also has a large refectory and kitchen where communal meals may be shared. The facility boasts a huge medieval open barn that acts as a studio and exhibition space during the summer. There are also many other buildings that may be used as studios and exhibition spaces. Students on the programme are encouraged to explore the site and make new work in and around it. The facility also has a computer room where students have access to the internet and a range of software at their disposal. Address: 8237 Tihany, Major u. 63, Hungary


Course of Study
A course of study for a group of international artists, who have already started to move in a specific direction within their work and who would like to participate in a three-week long intensive 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 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. She was a PhD research student at the Visual Arts Department of Goldsmiths College, London as well as she was visiting tutor and lecturer at several art colleges in Hungary and in Britain. David Wilkinson, Creative Director of TIPP is an artist living in London and in Hungary and he is a visiting tutor and lecturer at a number of art colleges in Britain. His mainly sculptural works centre around the mythologies of constructed space. Kate Smith is an artist and lecturer within Postgraduate Studies in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London and she is represented by Matt’s Gallery in London. She is interested in where fantasy and reality intersect, and works across media. Susan Taylor is an artist and lecturer within Postgraduate Studies in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her main focus is in photographs, performativity, art-as-verb: function, improvisation, dematerialization and reading. János Sugár is tutor and lecturer of the Intermedia Department at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest. As an artist he is generating content in visual art with the help of nonsense structures. Attila Csörgö is an artist living in Budapest. He received the Munkácsy National Award in 2001. He is exhibiting widely internationally and he represented Hungary in the 22. Sao Paulo Biennial as well as in the 48. Venice Biennial. His work takes geometry and builds models that function both mechanically and philosophically. Szabolcs KissPál lives and works in Budapest. A gesture-based post-conceptual handling of media objects can be considered as a general trait of his praxis, making use of various media ranging from video, through photography to the use of objects. He is currently visiting tutor in the Intermedia Department at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. Guest artist Lola Kovács is a young Hungarian painter. She has exhibited her works widely in national and international exhibitions. Guest tutor Dr György Altomáre is the Senior Consultant of Neuropsychiatry at the National Health Service Centre in Budapest and writer. His main area of interest is the creative personality and how it acts symbiotically both toward and from culture. A lecturer of the Royal College of Art, London - yet to be confirmed - will be also part of the teaching team this year.

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