Leopold Bloom Art Award
The significance of the award
The Leopold Bloom Art Award aims to contribute to the cooperation of Hungarian artists and prominent international exhibition spaces, to the international introduction of Hungarian artists and to the integration of the contemporary Hungarian art scene into the international art life. The prize is organised every second year and offers 10.000 EUR that can be used by the winner to cover the organisational costs of an international exhibition and to ensure her/his international presence. The award is a unique opportunity for the winning artist to spend a longer period abroad, to rent a studio space and to build her/his network with the local audience and collectors.
Róbert Batykó, the winner of the award in 2013 with John Ward , the co-founder of the award
The founders of the award, the Irish Mary Mc Loughlin and John Ward - owners of a transportation company, Maurice Ward and also exemplary collectors – are committed to support the contemporary art scene through the Leopold Bloom Foundation. The award is named after the Hungarian-born hero of one the most important works of modern literature, James Joyce's Ulysses. Consistent with the important values of the award and the Irish founder, Leopold Bloom is the symbol of the paradigm-changing art, travelling, internationalism, and last but not least, of Irish-Hungarian relations.
An independent professional recognition
The importance of the award is also guaranteed by an independent jury, composed of three renowned international professionals. A novelty of this year, that the pre-judging process will also be accomplished by a young, talented trio of curators. This also gives more opportunity to foreign experts to have a better overview and knowledge of the Hungarian art scene.
The jury narrows down the number of the 15 pre-selected artists to 5-6 and then picks the winner after having visited each of the studios.
Exhibition of the finalists in 2013 at Museum of Kiscell in Budapest
Pre-jury members and their main references:
Easier application process
Based on the experiences of the previous award and on the winners' opinion, the conditions of application became easier. From this year on, the applicants should only present their exhibition concept abroad and the organizers undertake to help finding the most appropriate exhibition space for the winning artist. Another change in is that the winner will have 18 months to organize the exhibition abroad.
Csaba Nemes, winner of the award in 2013
Previous winners of the award
2011 : Róbert Batykó http://batyko2.blogspot.hu/
Announcement of the names of the pre-selected artists: 16th June (Bloomsday)
Announcement of the finalists: 24th July
Award ceremony: 4th September
Exhibition of the finalists in 2013 in the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, with works by Csaba Nemes in the background
The exhibition of the finalists’ works will run from 5 September – 15 November
The award ceremony and the exhibition will take place at the Új Budapest Galéria (Bálna)
Nóra Hanka, art historian, project leader (Pepper Art Projects)