2019 Session: September 29––December 15

Application Deadline: April 1


BARTR invites artists working across a diverse range of fields to Budapest for 11 weeks, once a year. We host about 10–15 international residents at one time. The program is an urban, open-plan residence. Studios are located in different spaces throughout Budapest’s central districts and the exhibition takes place in several venues. Collaboration with other artists, studios, and civil organisations is encouraged and facilitated.

The program has two interlinked parts:

Artists are expected to pursue self-directed work on a piece to be exhibited at the final show. An organised program of studio visits with the residents and BARTR team will help you reflect on, refine, and prepare your piece. In addition to your own work, all artists are invited and encouraged to participate in the workshop program. The workshop series is focused on two movements central to the underground cultural scene in Hungary, Central East Europe, and beyond: printmaking, zine culture and independent publishing, and experimental / DIY audio and sound.

The program culminates in a final exhibition, collaborative anthology, and podcast series. Artists of all disciplines are welcome and encouraged to apply. If you are a V4 country national, get in touch about mobility grants.

Workshops form a concrete element of each residency session. On average we hold one, one-day-long workshop per week. Participation is optional, but encouraged. Residents can choose to take part in one of the themed series, or both.

Printmaking / Zine Culture and Independent Publishing

The print-focussed block combines skill-based workshops held by independent artists and studios in Budapest, and contextualises them against the history and role of independent and small-run publishing culture in Hungary and Central Europe.

Practical workshops are set-up to allow you to first get the hang of the technique and then later to put your ideas into practice. In the mini silkscreen studio of street-art group 1000%, you can learn the basics of silkscreen design and creation. The comic and zine-making workshops focus on narrative building and storytelling and encourage participants to push the limits of zine techniques. Borrowing elements from the mainstream comic culture, the workshop delves into the underground world of print production and introduces participants to the current literature of non aligned comics. At Hurrikan Press, participants will be introduced to the risograph stencil machine, which is able to make anything from graphic magazines to standalone prints. The book binding workshop ties a practical bow around the whole series.

Participants of the printmaking workshops will take part in a collaborative anthology.


Sound Art and Audio Landscapes

The aim of the sound art workshops is to offer diverse approaches to sound art & music making and radio/phonic creation and podcasting. It combines the world of DIY electronics (music instrument building, insight into basics of electronics, soldiering, etc), and radio and podcasting.


Participants will be able to build their own sound instruments to later use in the radio/podcasting workshops, which will include field recording and soundwalk tours of selected Budapest locations. Participants will be encouraged to explore the local context and environment and incorporate their findings into sound pieces and gadgets that will be exhibited at the end of the programme.

The sound and audio workshop series brings together various disciplines: sound art, music, journalism, psychogeography, urbanism, history, sociology, and places an importance on the sonic/aural perception of an environment with all its complexities and particularities. 

Studio Practice and Reflection

In addition to the two medium-focussed workshop series, weekly studio visits will be held with two BARTR curatorial assistants to support your own artistic practice and development. During these visits, friendly critiques of the artist’s process and current outcomes are encouraged. The idea is offer a casual and collaborative environment to lend ideas, promote discussion, overcome material and conceptual difficulties, and strengthen the community between the residents.