GoBeArt Talks 

Thursday 11th May | Castlefield Gallery | Invite Only Event 

Chair: Rebecca Hill, Exhibitions and Collections Curator (Art), Gallery Oldham

Speaker: Dorottya Magyar, Art and Design Manager, Coordinator of Art Quarter Budapest Residency Programme, Budapest


  • Bill Campbell, Director of Islington Mill Studios, Salford;
  • András Farkas, Co-founder of Pont Group and Strategic Coordinator of Castle, Transylvania;
  • Sarah Greaves, Artist, Manchester;
  • Adam Sutherland, Director of Grizedale Arts, Cumbria

GoBeArt Talks is a part of Góbéfest, the UK’s first Transylvanian Hungarian Festival of Art and Culture. Inspired by the Góbé culture, better known as the Székely Hungarians of Transylvania, Góbéfest aims to become a catalyst for cultural and artistic collaborations between the UK, Hungary and Transylvania.

GoBeArt Talks event UK / Transylvanian Hungarian Exchange: re-appraising folk and the contemporary will be a precursor to the myriad of Góbéfest events that will take place in Manchester city centre over the weekend of 13-14 May 2017 in Albert Square.

An evening of panel and participant debate, discussion and networking, UK / Transylvanian Hungarian Exchange: re-appraising folk and the contemporary will explore the relationship between folk production, traditional artisan skills and making, and contemporary visual art practice. Panel members and invited guests will be networked and encouraged to consider the opportunities that UK / Transylvanian Hungarian artistic and cultural exchange might allow, especially in the context of influencing ways for artists to develop their ideas.

The aim is for speakers and invited participants to contribute and influence UK / Transylvanian Hungarian exchange opportunities and programmes, including residency exchange to be programmed by Góbéfest’s GoBeArt and partners in future years.


6.15pm: Welcome and introduction

6.30pm: Opening presentation & Q&A

7.10pm: Networking drinks

7.40pm: Panel & Q&A

8.30pm: Networking drinks

9.15pm: Close

More on the speakers:

Chair, Rebecca Hill: Rebecca is on the steering group of Art UK, the UK’s digital home for public art collections, is currently engaged in developing the permanent art gallery and related spaces at Gallery Oldham, as part of its £16 million pound HLF-funded refurbishment of Oldham’s original museum and library, and is working with Tate for ARTIST ROOMS in 2018. Rebecca is also currently busy delivering a programme designed to revive historic links between Oldham and Kagoshima in Japan, initially through a collaborative schools project (funded by the Daiwa Foundation and the Japan Society). The project is planned to deliver future artist exchanges and exhibition opportunities for participants in the UK and Japan.

Rebecca Hill has previously worked for a range of arts and cultural organisations across the North West of England, including what was Cornerhouse, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, and Towneley Hall. Rebecca has extensive experience of working with and developing historic and contemporary collections, as well as contemporary art exhibition making and commissioning. Her curating practice cuts across contemporary fine art, craft, design and the historic, and she is a lead member of the North West Craft Network.

Speaker, Dorottya Magyar: Coordinator of the international artist-in-residence program of Art Quarter Budapest. She has a background in art history and contemporary art management. She was part of a designer team who created the exhibition design of the Hungarian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Her research topic based on the analyzation of management models to create a functioning creative cluster with artist residency program located in former industrial buildings.


Bill Campbell: Founder and Director of Islington Mill, a leading independent space for artists to live, create and showcase their work, based in Salford. Islington Mill produces innovative inter-disciplinary public arts programmes and artist residencies alongside studio spaces. William has held a number of advisory roles including Board Member of Sounds from the City, an annual live music and performance festival. In 2011 Bill was awarded the Master of Arts Honoris Causa by the University of Salford in recognition of outstanding achievements as a Salfordian and contribution to the creative industries within the city of Salford.

András Farkas: Founder of the PONT Group established in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, he was the coordinator of the successful bid of the city for the European Youth Capital title 2015. András works on numerous projects and programmes which create broad frameworks for urban and regional endeavours in the field of culture and creative industries, youth and entrepreneurship. He had an active role in creating the concepts and bids of Sfantu Gheorghe and Cluj-Napoca, cities from Romania applying for the European Capital of Culture 2021 title. On European level, he provides operational coordination for the Network of European Youth Capitals and the Photo Europe Network.

Sarah Greaves: Sarah Greaves is an award winning mixed-media artist who uses craft, found objects and sound to create sculptural pieces and installations. Her first major collection used the traditional craft of embroidery to vandalise and graffiti everyday objects with emotive, political and thoughtful text. Greaves’ collection ‘Armenian Threads’ funded by the Arts Council and supported by the Armenian Institute is a vibrant installation of artworks created in response to her residency in Armenia and research with the Armenian community in Manchester. Ancient Armenian imagery, embroidered wooden sculptures, zoomorphic creatures and soundscape created lenses to view culture, history and identity. Greaves’ work has been exhibited extensively across UK, published in various books and journals and received international press including two interviews on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.

Adam Sutherland: Adam Sutherland has been the Director of Grizedale Arts from its incarnation as a sculpture park to its re emergence as a civically conscious international agency. He has a background as an artist and continues to work in a hands on way across the organisation from the washing up, to making work with the participants including those from major artists, to volunteers and the local community.

Grizedale Arts is a residency and commissioning agency based on a smallholding in the English Lake District National Park. The organisation has close links with the Ruskin museum and the Coniston Institute – two local resources established in the 19th century by John Ruskin expounding the politics of the Arts and Crafts movement. Grizedale orchestrates collaborations between unlikely partners, artists and local communities, large scale international institutions and local clubs, folk and mainstream art, with an aim to make art and creativity a standard in everyday life. Previous projects include A Fair Land with Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Coliseum of the Consumed for Frieze Art Projects, and major projects for Sao Palo Bienale, Echigo Tsumari Triennale, APAP Korea amongst others.

This event is brought to you by Góbéfest, (Beat Bazaar Projects) as part of GoBeArt, in collaboration with New Generation Centre, London and Castlefield Gallery | Agency, Manchester.

Castlefield Gallery, established in 1984, and is one of the Northern England’s most active and successful galleries and agencies dedicated to the developing visual artists and practice. The organisation’s HQ is co-located within its Manchester city centre gallery space where the programme responds to national and international trends, promotes artists at key stages of their careers, including subsequent Turner Prize nominees/winners and exhibitors at international biennials and festivals. Castlefield Gallery is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and Manchester City Council Cultural Partner.

Góbéfest is a new festival organised by Beat Bazaar Projects, set to take place in Manchester City Centre on 13 -14 May.  The free event is open to everyone in the community and brings a fantastic line up of live music, dance, performing arts and more, celebrating the Hungarian culture of Transylvania.   Inspired by the Góbé culture, better known as the Székely Hungarians of Transylvania, the festival will offer a unique experience and a varied programme of activities for all the family.  Góbéfest will proudly welcome some incredible musicians and artists the UK for the first time, performing a myriad of genres, blending the traditional with the modern.  Góbéfest aims to become a catalyst for cultural and artistic collaborations between the UK, Hungary and Transylvania, Romania.

New Generation Centre London, is a non for profit organisation, opened in February of 2016. The initiative was created as part of the Hungarian Governments wide ranging National Talent Programme. The New Generation Centre office in London has the primary goal of building a bridge between Hungarian youth in the United Kingdom and in Hungary, expanding their knowledge and nurturing their talent through different professional, community based and competence enhancing programmes. It is important that young Hungarians living in the UK are aware of existing, or just starting professional opportunities, mentor programmes or projects concerning Hungarians both in the UK and in Hungary.

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