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I am so excited to say that I will be taking a train across Europe and heading for Budapest as part of an a-n / Castlefield artist delegation. I intend to blog during and after the trip as a way of documenting the journey and experience.

The below is taken from the a-n / Castlefield participants announcement:

‘Castlefield Gallery is pleased to announce that a delegation of artists from Manchester and the North West will travel to Budapest to meet with artist-led projects and experience the Hungarian capital’s grassroots art scene, traveling overland via Munich. The trip will take place between 17 – 24 March 2018 and is being made possible thanks to eight funded places supported by Castlefield Gallery’s Lee Artists’ International Bursary Fund and a-n The Artists Information Company.

The eight successful artists selected to be part of the delegation are: Jamie Allan, Olivia Glasser, Grace Harrison, Laura Harrison, Lucy Harvey, Gregory Herbert, Anna Horton and John Powell-Jones.

An additional place has been awarded to writer Bob Dickinson to join the trip. Dickinson is particularly interested in researching critical writing in Hungary, and the possibilities for developing future links between artists and writers from the UK and Hungary, looking to find common ground in how each group is responding to politically challenging contexts.

Led by Castlefield Gallery with assistance from a-n, the artists’ delegation is the first of several partnership projects that the two organisations will jointly deliver over 2018 and 2019. This first initiative is aimed at providing support and talent development opportunities, facilitating international experiences and encouraging exchange for artists in the North West of England.

The delegation is conceived as a mini-residency within which participants will encounter aspects of two different contemporary European art scenes as well as the historical and socio-political contexts that artists in Germany and Hungary are currently working in. The stop in Munich will consist of a number of gallery visits, while five days in Budapest will allow for a range of encounters with galleries and artist-run projects, including a visit to the artists’ town of Szentendre.’