L Art Open Studios (LAOS) is a studio house located in a historical industrial building in Budapest – one of the world’s most beautiful and most vibrant cultural hubs, a city steeped in history and a favored destination of many travelers.
LAOS – founded in 2015 – is a studio, exhibition and project space. By organizing exhibitions, studio visits and talks, LAOS provides a platform for the dialogue of contemporary art in an international context.
LAOS is located in the South Buda suburbs. It is 400 sqm, including 5 studios (22 to 64 sqm), 2 studio apartments (53 and 72 sqm) – specifically designed for foreign artists and an exhibition space (50 sqm) with the height 3,7 m.
Budapest is an artistic centre in Europe that connects East with West. The city is a spatious, comfortable, laid back cultural hub with a vibrant local art scene that in various art forms (ranging from music to visual art) actively cooperates with the international art world.
Within this thriving context, our AiR program is operating both on an invitation and application basis and artists are selected by a group of acknowledged experts – Délia Vékony, Linda Bérczi and Szilárd Cseke – within a short period of time.
The studio apartments are located right next to the five in-house studios, which are currently used by Hungarian contemporary artists (painters and sculptors), as well as the exhibition space that showcases events monthly.
The program is open to all artists who wish to work independently on their own projects. Artists may use the residency to accomplish a specific project or to work in a creative and supportive atmosphere alongside other international artists. Resident artists are able to exchange ideas and experiences through presentations and informal discussion, amongst each other or with the artists occupying the studios.
The apartments can be rented through a selection based residency system for a 1 to 6 months time period. At the end of the sojourn, artists residing longer than five weeks are to be introduced to the local audiences through a one-week solo show.
Furthermore, during opening nights, residing artists have the opportunity of opening their studios to the visitors and audiences of each exhibition, gaining the opportunity of creating great contacts and connections.
During your stay in Budapest we will guide you into the cultural vibe of the city. You shall be introduced to the local art scene (curators, artists, collectors), we will show you the city and recommend exhibitions worth to visit.
Who can apply?
Visual artists of any age of any nationality.
How can you apply?
- Fill out the online application form
- Submit your resume
- Submit your portfolio (website link or pdf catalogue)
- Submit a signed statement that you agree to participate in the public events of LAOS during your stay
Please send your application to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
An expert committee will go through your application and informs you about the decision in a short period of time.
The participation fees are as follows:
- Air1 studio apartment (max 2 person) 53 m2, with gallery bed (double), bathroom, kitchenette included: 1 person 1000 EUR / month – 2 person 1500 EUR / month (including utilities) The package also includes the possibility to showcase your work and your introduction to the Budapest art scene.
- Air2 studio apartment (max 2 person) 72 m2, bedroom with double bed, bathroom, kitchenette included: 1 person 1200 EUR / month – 2 person 1800 EUR / month (including utilities). The package also includes the possibility to showcase your work and your introduction to the Budapest art scene.
We encourage the applicants to apply for a grant or scholarship in their home country for financial assistance to participate in our programs. There are also many private foundations that can assist you with possible funding. If we can be of any help to assist you in your application please let us know.
Artists are expected to pay all travel expenses, personal costs, visa (if necessary), insurance, and to supply artist materials for their use during the residency.