I have been selected onto the International Artist Residency Program of the NARS (New York Art Residency and Studios) Foundation, in order to develop and exhibit a new body of work. It will run from January to March 2014.
Art residency programmes provide space and time for the artist to reflect, research and produce original work. Being selected for the NARS Foundation Program represents a significant opportunity at this stage of my career. The residency will help me develop my work and practice through ongoing critical feedback from visiting critics and curators. The NARS Foundation will provide and arrange opportunities for artist talks, presentations and workshops, and the International Residency Program culminates in an exhibition and an open studio event.
Over the last year I have been developing techniques which allow me to work on a large scale. My intended project has grown out of my investigation into the Rorschach type of inkblot tests, which are used to investigate a person’s interpretive and perceptive abilities. I am interested in developing the concept further during my residency, to investigate and research not only the Rorschach type of inkblots but other accidental inkblots and mark making. Joseph Beuys’ reference, where he suggests that art, common materials and one's "everyday life" are ultimately inseparable, is reflected in the use of wool as the medium for the proposed work.
In addition to developing my own art practice, I develop projects with people of all ages and abilities within the community sector, schools and arts centres in the Northwest of Ireland. I believe this residency gives me a tremendous opportunity for broadening my own artistic knowledge and learning by engaging with the creative community, as well as contributing greatly to my own personal artistic development.
The budget for the residency includes the cost of the travel to and accommodation and subsistence in New York, as well as materials and equipment. I have saved €4,200 so far for this project but I need to raise a minimum of €3,500 more.
Thank you for your support and for being part of this adventure I will be forever in your debt!
Update posted on Friday 3rd January '14 @ 04:01:56
Wish you all a very creative and Happy New Year from New York.
Without your help I would not have able to get here and take up my place at the NARS Foundation! I am very taken by all the support I got from friends, collectors and strangers. I am so looking forward to make the work here including all the works for you!
I will be sending an email around in the next few days with all the details in it!
Please check out the Residency website http://narsfoundation.org/RESIDENCYARTIST/brigitta_varadi.php
I will be updating my own website shortly, will let you know!
I am also happy to report that Arts Council of Ireland and Leitrim County Council awarded my project and together with your support I will able to focus fully on my residency here.
Update posted on Saturday 14th December '13 @ 05:12:54
Can not believe this is the last day of my fund:it project! It feels I just set it up, but what a journey since than! Had it ups and downs but it is nearly over! I can not believe all the support I have received! so, so grateful for all the help I got from you! Hopefully we will reach the target, its not over till its over! Please keep spreading the words! Hopefully I will able to update you with positive news in a few days time! Brigitta
5 days to go
Update posted on Monday 9th December '13 @ 11:12:28
Huge Thank you for all who supported this project so far. I am really hoping that this campaign will be successful and I can update you with great images and works from New York. It is the last five days of this campaign, please spread the word far and wide!
Thank you again for your support, will be updating you with all what is happening in a week time!
What a day!
Update posted on Tuesday 22nd October '13 @ 11:10:24
Survived the first day of my campaign! Thank you for both of you, such a great start! I have set up a page on my website where I will post some updates, acknowledgement, progress and final outcome of my residency. http://www.brigittavaradi.com/new-york-art-residency-studio/
just hope now the success of the first day will keep continue!