10 days left to send your application

The call for applications of the 5th Graphic Art Biennial is valid for 10 more days. We expect the uploading of the digital reproductions of the artworks on our website until 30 March 2018, 12:00 (AM).

Artworks can be submitted in one comprehensive category, printed graphics, which includes graphic artworks created with traditional procedures of graphic art; graphic artworks created with digital methods of image creation and printed with digital devices; and graphic artworks prepared with digital methods of image creation but printed with traditional methods.

The disqualifying condition of participation is that the artworks have been created in the past 2 years. We expect the applications of professional artists as well as art university students from Romania and from abroad.

Further information regarding submission is available at: www.grafikaiszemle.ro.

Best regards
Apor Ferencz S.
curator of the biennial
Sfântu Gheorghe, 20th of March 2018

The 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland has been launched

In the series of the Graphic Art Biennials of Szeklerland, the curator Zsolt Siklodi’s unexpected, tragic death has compelled the organizers to a painful and necessary reconsideration. Zsolt Siklodi often suggested that “The objective of the Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland is to place side by side the local and the universal, and thus to find and define the role of endeavours in the field of graphic art, born in the region as well as in other parts of the world, within global trends…”.

The organizers have also built the basic concept of this year’s biennial around these determining thoughts: “The experience gained in the past decade has shown that the relationship between the pixel-based image and traditional graphic art raises much more complex questions than it seemed at the first approach. A beneficial, fertilizing transgression can be observed between the digital and the analog worlds, which has extended the possibilities of expression of the graphic image, opening new horizons in the field of graphic art. The 2018 ‘G5’ Biennial wishes to provide an opportunity for the presentation of these interactions.” The new curator, Apor Ferencz S., artist from Miercurea Ciuc, also wishes to carry out his activity in the spirit of these ideas.

The call for application of the 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland is already public, graphic artists from the country and abroad can submit their artworks until March 30, 2018, 12:00 am. Submission can exclusively be made on the website www.grafikaiszemle.ro, via the online entry form. The digital reproductions of the artworks can be uploaded online, via the entry form, together with the required data. In the first phase, the jury will evaluate the digital reproductions; the artworks selected into the second phase will be included in the catalogue of the event and will form part of the exhibition.

The members of the jury are internationally acknowledged art historians and artists: dr. Cristian Aurel Opriş, Associate Professor of the University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca; dr. István Erőss, Head of the Visual Arts Institute of the Eszterházi Károly University in Eger; Liu Chun-Lan, Professor of the National Taiwan University of Art; dr. Anca Boeriu, Assistant Professor of the National University of Arts Bucharest; Zoltán Vécsi Nagy, art historian, director of the Transylvanian Art Center; Ábel Kónya, chief curator of the Modem from Debrecen, Hungary; Apor Ferencz S., artist. The jury awards four prizes: the Main Prize of the Biennial (2000 euro) and three further prizes, the Nagy Imre Prize, the Plugor Sándor Prize and the Nagy Pál Prize (1000 euro each).

The awarding ceremony of this year’s biennial will take place on October 13, 2018, and will be preceded by the opening of the exhibition from the selected artworks in the Transylvanian Art Center from Sfântu Gheorghe. Within the framework of the event, the exhibition of the works of Zsolt Siklodi, former curator of the biennial, will be opened in the House with Arcades, as well as the exhibition of the works of Kamil Kucurek, winner of the previous biennial, in the Magma Contemporary Art Space.

Photo credit: Vargyasi Levente

Zsolt Siklodi / 1966–2017

After Zsolt Siklodi’s unexpected, tragic death, many of us ‒ organizers, artists ‒ asked the pressing question how to go on. Now, as the 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland is approaching, we start facing the void he left behind. For Zsolt Siklodi was not merely an honorary curator. He was the initiator, strategist, implementer, if necessary, graphic artist, manual labourer of the Biennial, he gave the team the cutting edge. In the past years he was working hard, sparing no pains, so that the Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland should become a prestigious event of international standard. His firm intention was accompanied by enthusiasm and an extraordinary tactical sense. He managed to convince everybody that there is a need for such an event, it is feasible and in this way the region can figure on the art map of the world. He always consistently emphasized: “The objective of the Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland is to place side by side the local and the universal, and thus to find and define the role of endeavours in the field of graphic art, born in the region as well as in other parts of the world, within global trends…”. He regarded the initial difficulties as challenge and experience that one can learn from. This is the reason why with every biennial he got closer to achieving his goal. As regards the 4th biennial, which took place in 2016, we can safely state that it became one of the most important graphic art events. Besides several international feedbacks, this is also attested by numbers: 1238 artworks were submitted from 41 countries from all over the world. He could still witness how his hard work yielded fruit. However, he was the sort of man who could never stop. He set newer, more ambitious goals for himself, so that what he started should be ever more perfect. There was no time for him to sit back, as if he had felt the pressure of time.

Zsolt Siklodi is no longer with us and we are now standing at a loss, overwhelmed by his absence. There is no one to ask how to go on. There is only one thing we, who have taken part in this process, even if only tangentially, know for sure: it is our duty to continue the path marked by him.

On behalf of the organizing team:
István Erőss

Call For Application, 2018

The 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, Sfântu Gheorghe, 2018

The Harghita, Mureş and Covasna County Councils, together with the Cultural Center of Covasna County and the Lăzarea Cultural and Creation Center, announce the application for the 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, organized between January 23 and December 20, 2018.

The experience gained in the past decade has shown that the relationship between the pixel-based image and traditional graphic art raises much more complex questions than it seemed at the first approach. A beneficial, fertilizing transgression can be observed between the digital and the analog worlds, which has extended the possibilities of expression of the graphic image, opening new horizons in the field of graphic art. The 2018 “G5” Biennial wishes to provide an opportunity for the presentation of these interactions.

In the spirit of the ideas above, the organizers of the biennial expect the submission of printed graphics created with the following procedures:
— graphic artworks created with traditional procedures of graphic art;
— graphic artworks created with digital methods of image creation and printed with digital devices;
— graphic artworks prepared with digital methods of image creation but printed with traditional methods.

Terms and Conditions of Participation in the 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland

The terms and conditions of the biennial have partly changed! Please read the terms and conditions of participation attentively!

1. PARTICIPANTS
Professional artists and art university students may participate in the biennial if their application is in conformity with the Terms and Conditions included in the Call for Application.
Associations and professional organizations cannot apply.

2. CRITERIA OF ARTWORKS TO BE SUBMITTED
— The topic of the artworks can be freely chosen.
— The paper size of the artworks must be minimum 30×30 cm, and maximum 100×100 cm.
— The submitted graphic artwork has been created in the past two years.
— All artworks created with printed graphics procedures are accepted, included in the definition of graphics in terms of high, low and plain print methods (woodcut and linocut, aquaforte, aquatint, mezzotint, lithography, screen printing, individual print, C-print, offset, electrographics, etc.).
— Artworks created in pencil, pastel, coal, ink and other individual, that is not multiplication procedures as well as photos printed without any image manipulation or reproductions of artworks (paintings, sculptures, installations, performances, etc.) are not accepted.

3. NUMBER OF ARTWORKS TO BE SUBMITTED
Every artist may participate with maximum 3 artworks. Every submitted artwork counts as 1 artwork. The elements of a series count as separate artworks; thus, a three-element series counts as three artworks.

4. SUBMISSION
Submission is only possible on the following website, via the online entry form:
https://grafikaiszemle.ro/wp2/en/entry-form-2018

The digital reproductions of the artworks can be uploaded online, via the entry form, together with the required data.

Parameters of digital reproductions:
— the file size of the digital image may not exceed 15 MB;
— the digital images can be uploaded in uncompressed jpg, jpge or png format, 300 dpi resolution;
— the longer size must be minimum 2500 pixels.

If the uploading was successful, the system will send a confirmation message to the e-mail address specified in the filled-in entry form. If you might have problems with online registration, please contact the organizers on the following e-mail: office@grafikaiszemle.ro

The deadline of submitting the digital reproductions is (March 30) April 3, 2018, midnight (UTC+2).

Important! With submission the applicants assume that, if their submitted works are selected by the jury, they will send the original artworks by post or will submit them to the biennial in person.  The organizers do not assume the printing of the artworks or the refunding of printing costs!

Important! For the phase of preselection please don’t send the original artworks by post! If this is the case, we are unable to send back the original artworks.

5. ENTRY FEE
There is no entry fee for the 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland.

6. SELECTION OF THE ARTWORKS, EVALUATION BY THE JURY
The members of the jury are internationally acknowledged art historians and artists.
The evaluation will take place in two phases: preselection and the selection of the awarded artworks.
The decisions of the jury cannot be overridden.

6/a Preselection
The preselection will take place based on the digital reproductions of the artworks to be submitted.
The jury will select the artworks that qualify for the second phase; these artworks will be included in the catalogue of the biennial.
All participants will be informed on the results of preselection via e-mail.

6/b Sending the artworks qualifying for the second phase by post
The original artworks must be sent by post or submitted to the biennial in person.
Please attach to the submitted artworks the printed entry form received via e-mail during online registration in the first phase. The artworks must be numbered and signed in accordance with the international graphics standards.
Original graphic artworks must be submitted without their frames or mat boards, in portfolios or carton reels.

Postal / shipping address:
Centrul de Cultură al Judeţului Covasna
RO-520008 Sfântu Gheorghe, Str. Libertății, nr. 2
Jud. Covasna
România

Please indicate on the postal package:
The 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland
For cultural purpose only, no commercial value!

The deadline for sending the original artworks by post (postmark date) or submitting them in person is May 18, 2018.
Artworks sent after the deadline will be automatically excluded.

We do not assume any responsibility and cannot compensate for possible damages that might occur during transport.

6/c Prizes
1. Main Prize of the Biennial: 2000 Euro
2. Nagy Imre Prize: 1000 Euro
3. Plugor Sándor Prize: 1000 Euro
4. Nagy Pál Prize: 1000 Euro

7. EXHIBITION AND AWARDING
The artworks selected for the second phase will be exhibited in the course of the biennial depending on the exhibition surface and the ranking of the jury.
Venue: Transylvanian Art Center, Sfântu Gheorghe.
Official opening of the biennial: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 5 pm. The authors of the artworks will be informed on the decision of the jury and the details of the opening ceremony by post, phone or via e-mail.

8. FURTHER INFORMATION
— The awarded artworks will remain in the property of the Transylvanian Art Center.
— After the exhibitions of the Biennial the exhibited artworks will be sent back to their authors by post within one year.
— The selected artworks will be included in the biennial’s catalogue.
— The organizers of the biennial reserve the right to organize the exhibitions.

Submission implies the acceptance of the terms and conditions of participation in the biennial!

Download the call for application: .pdf