Open call for designers, architects, artists and craftsmen

17 march 2017

Transylvania Trust launches at Bánffy Castle, Bonŝida (Cluj Co., Romania), two Artists and Craftsmen in Residence programmes for artists, craftsmen, artisans, and creators interested in and preoccupied by the reinterpretation of historical values through contemporary methods. The residence programmes ensure the temporal and spatial conditions for learning and creation in an exceptional historical setting: Bánffy Castle, Bonŝida.

The art camps will take place between 21 August and 3 September 2017, approaching the concept of OR, respectively between 11 and 24 September 2017, focusing on the concept of IF.

OR  [21 August and 3 September 2017]
“To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
Søren Kierkegaard, the solitary philosopher of the 19th century, in his work Either/Or, differentiates the aesthetic and moral stage of human existence. From this perspective, the aesthetic stage of existence also implies anxiety, despair, or futility, however, for the individual that opts to make a choice, “or” is not only a possibility, but a possibility to decide, to make up one’s mind: it is the first step after this crossroad, a step in an assumed direction. Through this decision the binary becomes singular. Like anything else that pertains to the human condition, this decision is also fallible, following which the individual becomes responsible for him or herself and for the decision taken.  You-I, the individual.
Materials: wood, stone, water
Keywords: human, origo, reality, option/decision, individual, now




IF  [11 and 24 September 2017]
“If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it…”

The quote from the poem of Rudyard Kipling is compelling not from an aesthetic or moral viewpoint, but by its existential connotation. It presents an impasse or a crisis, which through the gesture of running denotes individual longing: the experience of complete freedom. The situation, as an answer to the immediate reality, may be interpreted as a reaction to a moment of crisis. The presumable, imagining a change, may be at the same time negation, relinquishment, fleeing, but also striving towards change whose outcome might be problematic: conditional.

Materials: metal, glass, wood

Keywords: supernatural, infinite, industrial, phantasy, condition, then




relation to time


Applications may be submitted in pdf form by 15 June 2017 to the address:
Conditions of participation:
1. Registration form
1.1. Name, postal address, email address, telephone no., website
1.2. Statement of purpose – why would you like to take part in the programme, what are your expectations, why do you think that you should be selected as a participant – max. 5000 characters
1.3. Short CV
2. Portfolio (max. 10MB)

The accommodation and meals of the participants will be covered by the organisers. The participants’ works created will be exhibited for 5 years in the Arts and Crafts Centre located in Bánffy Castle.
Before applying, please read the documentation prepared by the organisers, in order to form an idea about the environment.


The programmes are part of project ARTEC. Arts, Rediscovery, Traditions, Eclectic, Contemporary, implemented by Transylvania Trust and its partners: ACCR, Muzeul Judeŝean Câmpulung, AUHEL, and Diputación Provincial de Teruel, co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


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