At Home Gallery

The residency:
Samorin is a small, semi-rural town near the Danube river, 16 km from the capital, Bratislava, and about an hour??s drive from Vienna, 2 ?ë‰ hours from Budapest and 4 hours from Prague. The population is mostly Hungarian-speaking and also Slovak-speaking. The residence, often described as an island, is a spacious house built on the site of the former Jewish school, and is also the home of Csaba and Suzanne and their son. A residency here tends to be a personal experience, as you may share kitchen facilities and meals with the family and other residents. It is a non-smoking house.

There are 2 possibilities for residency:

1) An artist who wishes to exhibit in the synagogue
At Home Gallery mainly accepts proposals for site-specific installations, or for projects that suit the space particularly well. We look for artists who can work with this beautiful and unusual space and are sensitive to its many-layered historical context and the surrounding environment. Exhibitions are possible from March to November. The synagogue is closed during the winter months.

(2) Artists, writers or musicians who wish to stay without the necessity of preparing an event in the synagogue. The residence, in its peaceful setting, is a good place for those who wish to work undisturbed while experiencing a different culture and environment. Though not required, we also appreciate any suggestions for connecting with the local community (e.g. with art or music students, talks, concerts, workshops). Small groups may also apply.

Residencies may last anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on the project and availability. We are unable to provide grants, so residents are asked to find their own funding to cover expenses. In some cases we may be able to help find funding or cover some exhibition costs. Applications are open. We ask for a project proposal, CV, and examples of your work. Applicants will be chosen on the basis of their work and suitability, and terms are by agreement. Please look at our website for information about exhibitions we have hosted.

There are 3 separate rooms with private bathrooms, 1 with its own studio and kitchenette attached. The two other rooms may share the kitchen and dining room with the Kiss family. There is also a large room which can be used as a studio or for seminars, workshops or exhibitions. The house has a terrace, and a large garden with an outdoor stage. Bicycles are available for residents to use.

Residency Programme since: N/A
Description of Organisation:

At Home Gallery Association for Art and Culture is an independent, not-for-profit contemporary art center, housed in the historical synagogue of Տamor??n, Slovakia. Established by Csaba and Suzanne Kiss in 1996, this unique exhibition space has been host to numerous site-specific installations, concerts, performances and other cultural events, involving artists from many countries and disciplines. Our aims are to present contemporary art of the highest standard, while preserving this inspirational site as a cultural meeting place where people can freely create, connect and communicate. The gallery is regarded as a pioneering space for contemporary art in Slovakia.

In addition to the gallery, Csaba and Suzanne Kiss run a residency for artists located just by the synagogue, which is also their home. The residence was ceremonially opened by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 2000, when At Home Gallery organized his first visit to Slovakia.

Organisation founded in: 1996
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: Bratislava or Vienna
    Nearest Train Station: Bratislava
    How to reach by plane: International flights to Vienna airport, then by bus to Bratislava (1 hr). Buses to Samorin from Bratislava run frequently (25-40 mins).Bratislava airport also runs flights from some major European cities.
    Street & Number: Mliecnanska 5
    Postal Code: 931 01
    City: Samorin
    Country long: Slovakia
    Mliecnanska 5
    Samorin 931 01 SVK
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