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Residency: 3rd - 31 August 2020
Exhibition: 2nd - 6th September 2020


HOXTON 253 art project space

About the project hu x HOXTON 253 Residency:


This residency is a collaborative venture between project hu and HOXTON 253 art project space supported by the Hungarian Cultural Centre, London. We are aiming to provide two fine artists the opportunity to immerse in an intensive month-long art residency. The shared studio program will accommodate a Hungarian as well as a London based artist. We are seeking to find artists who show openness to learn, collaborate and adapt, have a professional attitude and who have convincingly and skilfully executed artistic concepts or a set of works in the past. This unrestrictive open call considers submissions of all creative mediums, including but not limited to: painting, sculpture, moving image, digital and sound works, photography, site specific installations, research projects, creative/experimental writing. After the mentored residency program in August, the selected artists are also awarded the opportunity to exhibit at HOXTON 253 in September 2020.

About us:

project hu is run by artist and curator András Nagy-Sandor and research fellow Zsuzsanna Zsúró. The primary focus of the initiative is to provide a platform and create opportunities for Hungarian creative professionals based around the world and facilitate cultural exchange. Since its conception as hu-Hungarian Touring Exhibition in 2018, we have been working to build an international network with the long-term goal to expand the scope of Project hu for an even broader hub that supports creative endeavours and promotes Hungarian and international collaborations.


HOXTON 253 is an artist-run gallery and project space, providing a cultural event space in the heart of Hoxton.

Our aim is to use art to act as a cultural bridge between national and international artists as well as within the local community, bringing established and newcomer local residents in the area together. We run a diverse program of exhibitions, experimental projects, workshops, events and screenings. Through our community outreach projects we also aim to provide culturally valuable creative activities to both the younger and older generations. We nurture local, national and international creative talents, provide accessible exhibition space, and build a community of artists and visitors with the objective to provoke critical dialogue within contemporary culture and society.

Our doors are open to all, and for the purpose of accessibility our programs are primarily free of charge.

The Hungarian Cultural Centre, London organises and supports a wide spectrum of innovative and traditional programmes to promote Hungarian art and artists in the UK. As a member of the worldwide network of Hungarian cultural institutions, it aims to bring the greatest achievements in Hungarian art and culture to international attention while encouraging collaborations between Hungarians and people in the UK.


The opportunity includes:

  • Free studio space at HOXTON 253 during August 2020 and a

  • 5 days long exhibition at the end of residency

  • Mentoring by two art professionals

  • On-going support and critical dialogue with the program directors

  • Regular visits to major London museums and galleries throughout the month (entrance fee included in most occasions)

  • Free opportunity to join events organised by HOXTON 253 and the Balassi Institute

  • Marketing and promotion by the organisers

  • Terms and conditions apply

Additional support for applicants from Hungary

With the generous support of the Hungarian Cultural Centre, London the residency offers to cover travel expenses, including one return flight from Budapest, Hungary with an additional luggage for materials. Private room accommodation is included for the duration of the residency. Transportation of resolved works back to Hungary is also provided.

What is not included


Material costs and specialised workshop facilities (i.e woodwork, metalwork etc.) are not included, however we can recommend off-site workshops if necessary. Living costs are also not covered. Please refer to the following link for general living costs figures: numbeo.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you have further questions.

The studio space


HOXTON 253 is located in Hackney, one of the well known creative hubs of London. The studio is the project space of Hoxton 253, directly opening from the gallery space and has daily access. The space is equipped with tables and chairs if required, a refrigerator, running water, a kettle and a microwave as well as access to toilet facilities. The shared studio space is 15 m2. Please note there is no additional storage space.

We are dedicated to keeping our waste to a minimum, therefore we encourage you to take these factors into consideration.



London-based Hungarian artist, Marton Nemes is one of the mentors, with a second mentor who will be chosen once we have selected the artists in residence in order to fully suit their approaches.

For more information on Marton Nemes please follow the link:

Professional development opportunities


The aim of the residency is to broaden artistic perspectives, create bridges and new connections as well as to foster constructive and critical dialogues. The participating organizations offer to include the chosen artists in all of their activities and the team of project hu and Hoxton 253 will be available to consult on creative and professional matters during the residency.

HOXTON 253 and the Balassi Institute London schedule regular events for the local community, the general public and creative professionals specifically, and the artists-in-residence will be encouraged to participate. 

The mentors and the organizers will plan trips to galleries and museums and offer continuous dialogue with the chosen artists throughout the residency. 

Exhibition/community engagement

A final exhibition of the project and artwork created will take place in the gallery space of Hoxton 253. It will be organised by the artists in collaboration with project hu and HOXTON 253. The artists are welcome to initiate community engagement events during the residency as well as the exhibition, in which they will have the full support of the organizers. The responsibility of creating the marketing material and the promotion of the exhibition is of the project hu, HOXTON 253 and the Hungarian Cultural Centre, London. 



Working environment

  • We will need to agree working processes including noise levels, fumes, local impact

  • We can allow the artist to use the studio in non-invasive ways as long as they return the space to the state it was provided in.

  • The artist will need to follow advice from HOXTON 253 site staff when requested


Wifi/broadband can be provided, but that is dependent on the requirements of the successful artist.  Further discussion will be undertaken


Who can apply

This opportunity is open to all artists based in London, UK and in Hungary working in any fine art media. There is no age restriction, medium preference or educational requirement. We encourage artists to consider the details of the open call when applying. As the space will be shared, we appreciate collaborative approaches and a willingness to learn and adapt.


How to ​apply

Through an online application portal below. You will be asked 10 questions, including your details, a CV and a project proposal. Please read Terms and Conditions before applying. Please keep your answers short and to the point. All communication should be completed in English. If you have any questions, before or after submitting your form, please contact us on: Feel free to do this in Hungarian.

Selection Process

The submissions will be shortlisted based on the details provided in the application form, considering the feasibility of the proposal, and our understanding of the artist's approach to personal development and their suitability to partake in Project hu x Hoxton 253 Residency 2020. The shortlist will be assessed by a selection panel consisting of the organizers with input from Márton Nemes.


Artists should apply online by Midnight, Thursday, 23rd of April 2020.  Shortlisted candidates might be asked to attend an interview via Skype on the 4th, 5th or the 6th of May. Successful applicants will be notified by the 11th of May at the latest.


An agreement contract will be signed by all participating parties prior to the start date of the residency.

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