Horse and Art Research Program

Horse and Art
Horse and Art
Horse and Art

Horse and Art Research Program

For artists, art historians, and researchers, who are interested in horses and the place of the horse in art.

The Horse and Art Research initiative is a residency programme established for those interested in combining equine knowledge and visual arts. They are looking for artists, art historians, and researchers, who are interested in horses and the place of the horse in art. The short (usually 2-week duration) intensive summer workshops include theory, lectures, talks and discussions, daily practice, and lessons in horsemanship, horse archery, and riding, as well as there is an opportunity to make studio-based work.

The programme departs from the claim that horse riding is an art. The representation of humans and horses developed in parallel in the history of art, with horses appearing repeatedly in contemporary art too. Therefore we thought we would initiate an international discourse around the Horse and Art. The interest was greater than expected and after the success of the programme in 2015, they decided to continue the project with the aim of further depth. They organise the programme with different research themes each year. It is their intention to offer opportunities for artists with practices coming from both western- and eastern traditions and to open up connections for artists, riders, and researchers internationally with the possibility of developing professional collaborations. They would also like to explore points of connection between equine culture art and the artworld.

The first Horse and Art programme was held in August 2015 in Barnag with international participants. Artists from nine countries arrived with different kinds of art backgrounds, such as fine art, design and contemporary dance. They organise the programme regularly since. For each programme they can offer places for up to ten participants. In their new Lovarda Galéria (Arena Gallery) there is the possibility to make exhibitions. For participation knowledge of the English language is necessary.


Guest lecturers will be invited, excursions will be organised. An exhibition will be organized open to the public in our new Riding Arena Gallery. Our aim is to deliver our interest into the field of international artistic research with opening up connections between equine culture and art. We would like to rethink art today in relation to horsemanship and riding. We are open for artistic practices coming from both, western and eastern traditions.

Studio Information

A traditional printmaking studio is available for all at the premises, as well as studios in an old converted barn.

Accommodation Information

Accommodation is offered in rural life settings in traditional Hungarian style yurts. Bathroom, kitchen, dining room in an old converted barn are also availabel for all.


One of the most beautiful small villages of the Balaton-Upperland in Western Hungary is the village of Barnag. The first notes of the village remained from 1082. The village was first of the Kinizsis, later of the Zichy family. A number of families settled in Barnag from South Germany in the 18th century and locals distinguish two parts of the village, German- and Hungarian Barnag until today. Behind the Saint Martin church, a calvary was built, protected by the Hungarian Heritage. The paintings in the calvary were remade by Somogyi Győző, Kossuth Prize winner Hungarian artist. A dirt road is leading from the village through the land of the Natural Heritage Park to the Zádor vár, ruins of a fort from the middle ages, which can be a lovely excursion for tourists. Barnag has 120 residents and one main street. It is situated ca. 15 minutes by car from the university town of Veszprém, from Lake Balaton, from Balatonfüred, and from Tihany Penninsula, one of the favorite holiday locations of Hungarians and tourists coming from abroad.

A 19. century small holding with its stables, inside riding arena, grazer, meadows owned by the Szmrecsányi family and their sports association. Next to the small lake, traditional yurts are placed. We have an official horse archery track and an outside arena. They keep horses free in stud, an open stable, and a 40-hectare land with forest and parkland available for them all day long. The Balaton-Upperland National Park, which is well-known for its special bird life, rich wildlife, and parkland is situated right next to our land, in our neighborhood, offering us the possibilities for tracking and special training in cross-country. In the inside arena, we created a project space, ideal for exhibitions.

Accommodation in rural life settings is offered in simple Hungarian style yurts. There are two bathrooms and a summer kitchen available for the participants, as well as a large old barn, where we hold our discussions, talks and lectures. Summer studios and a printmaking workshop is ready for the artists to use. We can accommodate upto 10 people for a program. In the attick of the renovated old barn building, we created two guest rooms with a view to the garden, One of the rooms has its own studio space, ideal to work in.
We can also offer our historical guesthouse for visitors for an extra cost. The beautiful 19th century farmhouse is fully furnished and accommodates upto twelve people. Please write us an email, if you would like to receive further information on this accommodation.

16-28 July 2024

Paid by host
All other costs including all meals, riding and archery lessons and equestrian studies, horse show, excursions, lecturing program etc.

Paid by artist
850 euro plus travel costs.

Application guidelines
Please only apply if you are interested in both: art and equine studies, if you are happy to try rural living and if you are open for discussions with others.

Please write an email of interest to Szmrecsányi-Veszely Beáta: [email protected]. They will send you an application form, which they ask you to return by email. All applications will be carefully viewed and up to 10 people will be selected.


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