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London's Delfina Foundation to welcome three Czech resident artists in 2019

On March 4 2019, the Delfina Foundation in London welcomed two new residents, curator Tereza Záchová and artist Radek Brousil, who were selected from an open call for Czech artists, curators and theoreticians, launched in December 2018. A third residency will be taken up by Jaro Varga, a Slovak artist and curator, who will join the Foundation in autumn 2019. The residency programme at the Delfina Foundation, running in cooperation with the Czech Centre London, the Arts and Theatre Institute and the Kunsthalle Praha, has this year attracted the highest ever number of applicants. The organisers have received 45 applications, coming also from Czech citizens living abroad and foreign artists living and working in the Czech Republic. This year´s extended programme is a continuation of a successful cooperation between Czech Centre London and the Arts and Theatre Institute, previously supporting residencies of the Czech curators Michal Novotný (2016) and Tereza Jindrová (2017), and the gallerist Lucie Drdová (2018).

The Delfina Foundation residency programme lasts six weeks and focuses on a brand new theme this year: the interconnection of art, science and technology. The foundation also supports artistic projects and incentives regarding the politics of food, performance, public spaces and collecting. During their residency, the participating artists, curators and theorists are encouraged to experiment with original ideas, develop new skills and, above all, cultivate new relationships with local institutions and individuals in the artistic field and beyond. The works of art and the curatorial concepts emerging from this year´s residency in London may be further presented or expanded into bigger exhibition projects in the Kunsthalle Praha.

The residency programme also embraces independent artistic and curatorial projects beyond its primary thematic scope, which is partly the case of the three selected participants.

Tereza Záchová (*1985) is a freelance curator, critic and educator, based in Prague and Brno. Her focus is mainly on art and galleries in public spaces. During her studies in Ústí and Labem, she founded an alternative gallery space called Buňka (Cell), located in one of the city parks. In 2018, she launched a series of exhibitions introducing artists from Scandinavian and Baltic countries for the Klubovna gallery in Brno. She has co-curated many exhibitions at the non-profit gallery 35m2 in Prague and regularly collaborates on educational programmes at Prague´s DOX and the MeetFactory galleries. Her curatorial practice is orientated towards artistic process, intuition and site-specific forms. Her works reflect on environmental issues such as food systems, quantum physics and participatory thinking. She is interested in how people relate to speculative theories about the current and future state of society and  encourages the viewer to take action.

Radek Brousil (*1980) studied photography, intermedia and visual communication in Prague, Montréal and London. His artistic practice involves sculpture, photography and video, often mingled together in immersive installations, in order to achieve a deeper, multi-layered artistic expression. His last two exhibitions drew their inspiration from his childhood years of 1990s, in his case intimately linked with a specific music subculture and graffiti art. He explores the states of nostalgia and melancholy in relation to the forming of identity and the stability and certainty we lack nowadays. He is currently working on his PhD diploma in visual art and sculpture at The Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague. Radek won the Oskár Čepan award in 2015.

Jaro Varga (*1982) is an artist, curator and educator whose practice is based on artistic research. The extended role of the artist and research in art in an era of knowledge-based economics formed the core of his PhD thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. In 2007, he founded the HIT Gallery, which has become a respected artistic laboratory exploring the most contemporary artistic trends, often aiming at positive social change. From 2015 to 2017, he worked as curator of the fine art section at the MeetFactory, the international centre for contemporary art in Prague, where he developed a number of exhibition projects dedicated to the legacy of modernism, the mirroring of ideologies in art, and the ´psychogeography of memory´. He explores the last two themes himself as an artist, his work being influenced by the constant movement between various geographical contexts.

Cover image: Radek Brousil: Hands Clasped, FAIT Gallery, Brno, Czech republic, 2015

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DELFINA FOUNDATION
www.delfinafoundation.com
Delfina Foundation (DF) is more than London’s largest international residency programme – it is a home where the next generation of contemporary artists, curators and thinkers are supported and nurtured. Based in two newly renovated Edwardian houses near Buckingham Palace, DF is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering artistic talent and facilitating exchange through residencies and public programmes ranging from workshops to exhibitions, both in the UK and with international partners.  DF is the successor to Delfina Studio Trust. From 1988 to 2006, Delfina Studio held an unprecedented record for supporting artists through residencies and exhibitions, including more than a dozen Turner Prizes. DF is proud to build on this history. Our work is followed by key arts professionals and our audiences include arts patrons, curators, major art collectors and the general public. Over the last year, DF’s work has been featured in the Financial Times, the Independent, New York Times, Art Review, Frieze, Art Asia Pacific, Artforum and the The Art Newspaper.

KUNTSHALLE PRAHA
www.kunstahallepraha.org
Kunsthalle Praha is a newly emerging space for art and culture in Prague’s historical centre. It will offer visitors a wide range of exhibitions and educational projects, cultural events and social activities. Kunsthalle Praha’s mission is to contribute to a deeper understanding of Czech and international art of the 20th and 21st centuries and to communicate this with a dynamic, contemporary programme to a broad public. 

ARTS AND THEATRE INSTITUTE - ARTISTS RESIDENCY PROGRAMME
www.idu.cz
The Arts and Theatre Institute - Artists in Residence Programme offers and coordinates residencies for artists (working in the arts). The programme has run since 2004 and it is designed to promote international collaboration and communication and most of all to provide artists with time and space to engage in creative work and pursue inspiration without interruption. It provides Czech artists with the opportunity to travel abroad, while on the Czech side the Arts Institute in Prague attends to visiting artists accepted into the programme, which includes providing them with local contacts. As an intermediary, the Arts Institute actively seeks partners at home and abroad through long-term contacts, holds competitions for arts residencies abroad, organises workshops for artists from abroad in the Czech Republic, and provides services to the Czech and foreign artists selected to participate in the programme.

CZECH CENTRE LONDON
www.czechcentre.org.uk
The Czech Centre's mission is to actively promote the Czech Republic by showcasing Czech culture in the UK. Its programme covers visual and performing arts, film, literature, music, architecture, design and fashion. As well as hosting its own events, the Czech Centre offers support for other groups organising Czech related initiatives in the UK. The centre also seeks to further enhance cultural relationships between the UK and the Czech Republic through curatorial visits, media tours and artistic residencies. The Czech Centre London opened in 1993. It is a non-political organisation supported by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of a worldwide network of 23 Czech Centres operating in 19 countries and on three continents. 






 

 


Svartjord GreenHouse, Klubovna Brno. Photo credit: Barbora Trnková



Nika Kupyrova White Honey 35m2, Prague, 2018. Photo credit: Petra Steinerová



Radek Brousil: Black and White in Photography Prague City Gallery, Czech Republic, 2016 



Radek Brousil: Greenfashion, Nova Cvernovka, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2017