Eight artists are in competition for the Leopold Bloom Art Award, aimed at supporting creative artists in Hungary

More than fifty applications have been submitted for the Leopold Bloom Art Award, aimed at supporting visual artists working in Hungary. We are now pleased to announce the eight artists who have made it to the second round: Lőrinc Borsos, Ákos Ezer, Anna Fabricius, Márk Fridvalszki, Ferenc Gróf, Hajnal Németh, Andi Schmied and Eszter Szabó. The winner of the ten thousand Euro biennial prize, established in 2011, will be announced in September at the Új Budapest Gallery, where the finalists’ work will also be on display. Unlike other prizes in the visual arts, the goal of the Leopold Bloom award is to promote the international engagement of Hungarian artists. This year, the organizers have invited Audrey Illouz from France, Doris Krystof from Germany and Woodrow Kernohan from Britain to form the jury. The distinguished three-member panel will come to Budapest in the autumn to familiarize themselves with the artists and the Hungarian visual arts scene more generally through a series of studio visits and personal meetings. Applicants had to submit an invitation from a foreign gallery as part of the application process, and the winner will be able to use the prize money to mount their exhibition.

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