About CAC

The Center for Arts and Culture (CAC) at the Central European University was established in 2003 with the aim to provide the CEU community with an inspiring artistic program that would bring together students from all disciplines, academic staff and Budapest citizens and offer them inspiring artistic insights; as well as to stir culture-related debate within the university.

The artistic program of CAC has always been popular amongst students. We offer ca. 40 artistic events yearly, ranging from visual arts exhibitions that raise awareness for current issues through artistic means, documentary and feature films screenings, concerts, performances, dance workshops. Since academic year 2007/2008, in addition to utilizing CEU as an artistic venue, we started offering artistic events at the CEU dormitory, thus making our programs even more accessible to our primary audience.

We also organize thematic events in cooperation with CEU departments and centers. We offer a film screening series attached to the seminar “Approaches to Counter-Culture Movement in Central and Eastern Europe” in cooperation with the Department of History and Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies. We stimulate insights into how arts and environmental issues are related as part of the "Symposium on Sustainability and Contemporary Arts" each year. This conference has become a tradition, with already 5 issues of the conference and art program offered by CAC and Environmental Studies Department of the University.

Since academic year 2006/2007 CAC started offering a 2-credit course in cultural policyu which was integrated into the Public Policy program curricula. In academic year 2009/2010 CAC offered 4-credit courses in cultural policy taught by Dr. Dragan Klaic who is also head of the CAC advisory board. We are currently on the way to establishing a full-fledged cultural policy stream with DPP and the future school of public policy.

Artistic Projects

CAC organizes in-house artistic events at CEU that are aimed at bringing an additional dimension to the experience of studying at the University – an artistic dimension that is there to remind us about what makes the world spin. Over the years we have organized various exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, and dance workshops.

Academic Projects

CAC invites outstanding cultural scholars to hold culture-related public lectures, seminars, or roundtable discussions with representatives of the academic community. The center aims at introducing culture-related curricula and research at CEU.

Rules and procedures for organising of exhibitions

In the Spring of 2008 an Arts Committee was established at CEU with the aim of combining the activities of both the Center for Arts and Culture and Student Services in the area of arts/exhibitions under one decision-making body and thus better coordinating the hosting of exhibitions at the university. With CAC in the center of its activities, the Arts Committee aims at harmonizing incoming visual arts events in terms of content, time/duration and location.

Members of the Arts Committee are: Dessislava Gavrilova (Director, Center for Arts and Culture), Ildikó Rüll (ERO), Marcell Sebők (Assistant Professor, Medieval Studies), Lilla Földy (coordinator, CAC), Noémi Karsay (assistant, CAC).

Key principles

CEU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to turn to the committee with their initiatives.

CEU welcomes and hosts exhibitions that:

- communicate current political, social, environmental and cultural issues, or any other problems that emerge as concerns of the contemporary world

- communicate issues connected to the academic subjects thought at CEU

- are initiative of members of the CEU student or academic body

- are part of larger projects executed by CEU or any of its units

Although we appreciate the inherent value of art beyond its instrumentalisation, at CEU we give less priority for exhibitions that manifest themselves as "art for art's sake". We welcome projects that fall into the above criteria and we seek to secure internationalism (in terms of artists and issues) of the CEU-hosted exhibitions.

Exhibitons should last for at least 10 days and should be labelled and announced in English. When choosing location for the exhibition, security issues should be taken into consideration.

How to proceed if you would like to organise an exhibition at CEU?

If you would like to organise an exhibition you should prepare the following documents:

1. Narrative description of the project

2. CV of the author(s)

3. Visual supporting material

4. Budget, including information how the costs are to be met.

Please, send the above information in electronic format to cac@ceu.hu.

Catalogues and other printed supporting material could also be submitted to Lilla Földy, CAC, Zrínyi u. 14., floor 6, office 602.

Decisions on proposed exhibitions will be made by the Arts Committee within two months after the submission. Please note that AC only acts as a decision-making and advising, and not an organizing body. The accepted projects will be carried out by the unit that proposed them. The AC will seek for ways to contribute financially to the organisation of the accepted projects, but does not have the responsibility to fully finance them.

 

The Center for Arts and Culture (CAC) at the Central European University was established in 2003 with the aim to provide the CEU community with an inspiring artistic program that would bring together students from all disciplines, academic staff and Budapest citizens and offer them inspiring artistic insights; to stimulate research and curricula development in the field of arts & culture and cultural policy, and to stir culture-related debate within the university.

The artistic program of CAC has always been popular amongst students. We offer ca. 40 artistic events yearly, ranging from visual arts exhibitions that raise current issues though artistic means, documentary and feature films, music concerts, performances, dance classes. Since academic year 2007/2008, in addition to utilizing CEU as an artistic venue, we started offering artistic events at the CEU dormitory, thus making our programs yet even more accessible to our primary audience.

We do organize thematic events in cooperation with CEU departments and centers. We offer a film screening series attached to the seminar “Approaches to Counter-Culture Movement in Central and Eastern Europe” in cooperation with the Department of History and Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies. We stimulate insights into how arts and environmental issues are related in Symposium on Sustainability and Contemporary Arts every year. This conference has become a tradition, with already 5 issues of the conference and art program offered by CAC and Environmental Studies Department of the University.

Since academic year 2006/2007 CAC started offering a 2-credit course in Cultural policy, which was integrated into the Public Policy program curricula. In academic year 2009/2010 CAC offers 4-credit courses in cultural policy, thought by Dr. Dragan Klaic, who is also head of the CAC advisory board. We are currently on the way to establishing a full-fledged cultural policy stream at DPP and the future school of public policy.