Catalyst Project

Art for All—Call for Participation

The Catalyst Award—that has been redefined by each year—developed in the last two years (2014, 2015) from an award into a grant that funds new projects. In 2016, the aim of the call is to facilitate contemporary art—as a form of critical thinking and learning—to reach and explore new contexts and locations outside of its usual territory. Therefore, the call for participation takes the genre of traveling exhibition as the point of departure.It is aimed at yet-to-be-realized project plans or projects that could be continued and developed further. Applicants should reconsider this format, i.e. the traveling exhibition, known from people’s educational movement, as well as take special care to facilitate the interpretation of art works and to get the artistic message across.

The Catalyst Project provides assistance for the applicants in the preparation process

January - February 2016

Lecture series and screening of videos showcasing good practices.
The aim of the lectures and videos is to provide
a) information to applicants about the theoretical background of art mediation and audience development
b) aspects on how to put together a successful application.

These four lectures and screenings will be held in Budapest, Pécs, Szeged, and Miskolc, and will also be available online after. Theses Catalyst/ points will be set up to make the communication of our programs more efficient. Our aim is to connect spaces in Hungary, in and outside of Budapest, to foster the exchange and mediation of information about various events.

The lectures

January 28, 2016, 6 pm, Pécs Létre Bar (7625 Pécs, Vince u. 11-13.)
LECTURER: Zsófia Frazon, ethnographer
THEME: The Traveling Musuem – Contemporary Case Studies and Their Lessons
The event is introduced by curator Gyula Muskovics as well as organizing team members of the Catalyst Project Emese Mucsi and Júlia Salamon.

February 4, 2016, 6 pm, Művészetek Háza Miskolc, Kávézó (3530 Miskolc, Rákóczi u. 5.)
LECTURER: Julianna Joó, art historian and museum educator
THEME: Reaching the Audience, Museum pedagogy, and Mediation in Traveling Exhibitions
The event is introduced by Dóra Hegyi, director of tranzit. hu, as well as organizing team members of the Catalyst Project Emese Mucsi and Krisztina Varga.

February 7, 2016, 6 pm, Budapest, Maykovsky 102., the open office of tranzit. hu (1068 Budapest, Király u. 102., 1./1.)
LECTURER: Márton Mucsi, Social media manager
THEME: Whom Do You Message? Effective Communication of Cultura Projects in Social Media
The event is introduced by curator Eszter Szakács as well as organizing team member of the Catalyst Project Emese Mucsi.

February 12, 2016, 6 pm, Szeged Grand Café (6720 Szeged, Deák Ferenc u. 18/2.)
LECTURER: József Mélyi, art historian
THEME: Current Possibilities of the People’s Education Movement – Networking and the Traveling Exhibition
The event is introduced by curator Zsuzsa László as well as organizing team member of the Catalyst Project Emese Mucsi.

Image: Pál Péter Vesmás: Pilgrimage and/or Travel Photography, 2015, MFA thesis, Art Faculty of the University of Kaposvár, Photojournalism and Photo Editing program

Deadline: February 22, 2016. Submit at

audience development, people’s education/andragogy, networking, and responsible approach towards the (artistic) message

Apply to realize exhibitions, performative art projects, public art projects, film programs, workshops, etc.

The application should include a description how the project can be adapted for different and not necessarily art related venues.

Getting the message of the project across and audience development should be integral parts of the project description and therefore well articulated in the application.

- The 1st stage of the application process will secure a place for the applicant to participate in the "project expo."
- The first submitted application must include the following: basic concept, projected budget, and a 3-5 minute long presentation (notes, video, PPT, Prezi, or any presentation format) for the project expo.
- Individuals and groups can also apply.

"PROJECT EXPO" (at Trafóklub, 41. Liliom utca, 1094 Budapest)
March 4, 2016
- All potential applicants are welcome at the project expo.
- Those who already applied must participate in the project expo and it is open for the public.

What happens at the project expo?
- Applicants showcase their projects in 3-5 minute long presentations, and they can also respond to audience feedback and questions.
- Small-circle discussions with invited experts in World Café format. The experts give constructive feedback on the applications that can increase their chances in the final project applications.
- Applicants get to know each other, network building.
- Continuous CATALYST CINEMA: screening of "good practice" videos and the documentation videos of the preliminary lectures.
- Getting to know potential host and partner venues in various locations in Hungary.
- Reading corner with publications on traveling exhibitions, people’s education/andragogy.


Zsófia Frazon, ethnographer, Museum of Ethnography Budapest, organizer and initiator of the traveling exhibition Etnomobil.
"Are You Out of Gas? – Traveling Exhibition in Practice”

Julianna Joó, museum educator, PhD candidate at the Doctoral School of Education at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, lecturer at the Museum Pedagogy Studies Consultant Training Program at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.
"What Do You Message, How, and For Whom? Communication of Cultural Projects”

Júlia Salamon, curator at the independent cultural space MÜSZI, organizer of the Catalyst project
"How Do We Find Host and Partner Venues?"

Szarvas Márton, MA student in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University, Budapest
"People's Education and Andragogy in the 21st Century”

Emese Mucsi, independent curator, editor-in-chief of Artmagazin Online, organizer of the Catalyst Project
„FAQ, Application Expectations”

Dóra Hegyi, curator, director of tranzit. hu
"International Traveling Exhibitions (Institutional and Independent)”

Deadline: March 17, 2016. Submit at

- The final application must include: concept, detailed budget, schedule, detailed plan for the realization of the project.
- The winning project must be realized by December 31, 2016

SELECTION PROCESS, AWARD CEREMONY, and PARTY (Mayakovsky 102, the open office of , Király utca 102, Budapest 1068): April 1, 2016

The Catalyst Project awards to the one winning application 1.500.000 HUF.

BACKGROUND established the Catalyst Award in 2010 to draw attention each year to those members of the contemporary art and cultural scene in Hungary, who, as catalysts, facilitate with their activities the development of critical thinking and practice.

Among the Catalysts in the last years were individuals or collectives who, independently or within an institutional framework, were and are still active in shaping the meaning of culture through the critical analysis of its socio-political contexts. The money prize in the two announced categories were 500 000 HUF each, which was accompanied by a prize created by a contemporary artist each year. The prizes were handed out previously at award ceremony events, and the winners were selected by a varying jury comprising individuals of various backgrounds. Former winners of the Catalyst Award were the Liget Gallery (2010), the Crosstalk Video Art Festival (2011), Krétakör theatre (2011), the Napidíj (Per Diem Award) project of the artist collective Nemzeti Művészetért Alapítvány (Foundation for Nation Art) in 2011, the Lumen Vegetable and Community Provider (2012) the Student Network (HaHa) in 2012, the Missing Classmate Social Theatre Program (2013), and the Gallery8 Roma Contemporary Art Space (2013). In 2014, the money prize of 2.000.000 HUF was split among five projects, based on the audience’s decision.

This year again the Catalyst Award blog will be the forum and pool of the incoming applications as well as a platform of the Catalyst/ points. The hosts of points in each city will be introduced here, and will also publish their programs.

Follow the Facebook page of the Catalyst Award.

Concept by Emese Mucsi
Organizing team: Emese Mucsi, Júlia Salamon, Dóra Kangiszer, Krisztina Varga