• Heidi Seppälä

Päivitetty: 21. huhti 2019

...Everything is possible!



Here are the first images of the lands Art/Heritage will turn into a creative artist's camp


A big yard for camping with a communal cauldron spot as the centre piece (Think Asterix and Obelix!). Surrounding the lawn is an apartment with kitchen, toilet and bathroom, as well as a large roofed garage space which will magically turn into artist spaces and open ateliers according to needs and wishes of artists in residence. At this point the place is still in need of love, but will be cleaned and emptied by the time of the residency. Here is a little picture gallery of the space which will turn into a creative farm within contemporary art practice.




  • Heidi Seppälä

Päivitetty: 24. huhti 2019


Heidi Seppälä

Residency Manager

Heidi Seppälä is a dance artist of Akat Dance Collective and dance researcher born in Finland. She Studied her BA dance in Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia, as well as BA (hons) Dance Theatre, TrinityLaban, London. She is currently finishing her International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage, research focus on dance rehabilitation in prisons in United States and England. Her artistic projects are often guided by questions around individual freedom in society. Her next steps are in Palestine as an artistic director for Ramallah Ballet Centre and looking out for opportunities to expand her research as artistic practise-led PhD.


Outi Valanto Residency Coordinator Outi Elena Valanto is Finnish artist and researcher with background in dance and architecture. She studies Master of Arts in Performing Public Space. Her practice is focused on cross-disciplinary techniques combining together her two backgrounds: artistic/scientific, and movement/ architecture. She is interested in possibilities for city development through arts, communities of practice, art for unconventional target groups, engaged art practices and interdisciplinary art practices. In the future Outi is planning to continue her artistic work with interdisciplinary focus and develop her research of movement possibilities in urban space as a PhD candidate.



Shyrine Ziadeh

Public Relations and Social Media Shyrine Ziadeh is founder of the first dance school in Palestine. She studied business administration at Birziet University, followed by several certificate workshops in business & communication in political organisations, advocacy, lobbying and leadership. She is currently finishing her International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage, research focus on refugee work, dance and identity. She is a passionate dancer, political activist and a social media influencer.




Jenci Zsembery Coordinator and Cultural Advisor Jenci Zsembery is a linguist, tourist guide and tour director born in Hungary. He studied English in Szeged University and tour guiding in The School of Business in Szeged. He also holds ten years of practise in the art of craft beer brewing and used to manage London's most varied craft beer bar. Jenci is currently furthering his language studies and planning to move to Palestine to teach English to refugees and asylum seekers.



Christopher Gerberding Curator Christopher Gerberding is a visual artist and curator based in Germany. He was born in Baden-Baden and raised in Paris. After he moved to Berlin, He studied Fine Arts in University of Arts Braunschweig. His works strives for the portrayal of longing, uncertainty, and wanting to show something that can not be shown. Ephemeral nostalgie and romantic of the moment is reflecting from his works. The romance referred to unattainable states of longing, such as childhood, idyllic nature and questions of heritages. He has exposed in various circumstances and concepts in international and national level. As a curator Christopher leads gallery Temporary Room that is based on a makeshift concept which changes its locations for example Berlin and Braunschweig. Temporary Room presents wide range of international artists with interdisciplinary practices. In the future he will deepen the personal artistic work as well as expand the concept of Temporary Room.



  • Heidi Seppälä

Päivitetty: 24. huhti 2019

Here is some impressions on our exhibition space. The collaboration we already have with the REÖK museum is a very important vain of the artist-in-residence program. At the end of the 2-week creation period, a public presentation is organised to show the projects realised by the artists. A press release is published to communicate the event, through local journalists and social media.



The Reök Palace

Is a regional art centre built in an Art Nouveau style in 1907, designed by Ede Magyar at the age of 29. It hosts exhibitions of modern fine arts around the year. The website states: The family mansion that has been standing in the heart of the city for a century now – resisting wars and changes of the regime – is of outstanding, special value even in European terms. Its builder, Ede Magyar, who died prematurely at the age of 35, was determined, brave and talented enough to defy the conservative Hungarian climate, and connect his hometown to Europe. He brought to Szeged a European development that not only saturated the architecture of the time with its innovative ideas, but also initiated a new approach in other art forms. Although Hungarian architecture at that time already reflected Magyar’s youthful and dedicated energy, his European experience was necessary for the construction of this unique building in Szeged, which seemed bold and surprising, even to the followers of Art Nouveau.

The small square in front of the Reök palace adds to the cityscape effect of the building. The supple elevations of this three-storey corner house, shaped by almost sculptural means, excite the curiosity of the spectator from far away. The most emphasized part of the main façade is the corner, markedly articulated by balconies, bay windows and the high crenellation. The undulating walls, its magical flower-shapedornamentsmake it diverse, but being in complete unity with the architectural tectonics, also suggest balance. The rhythm of the façade’s articulation is remarkably ingenious, too: it emphasizes the main entrance and the corner turning simultaneously (Bakonyi 1995:17)


Reök palace has undergone several reconstructions and renovations, but luckily, these did not diminish the value of the building or make irreversible alterations. After recent renovations, the former city palace reveals even more of its merits. Now not only the ground floors paces, but the upper floors are also open to the public. The renovated palace will become a new venue for the art-loving public of Szeged. The hundred-year-old Art Nouveau palace re-opened its doors in August 2007. Tamás Herczeg, director of Reök, a former inhabitant of the building launches the program series in there with the same passion that characterized the creators of the palace. The Reök palace – Regional Arts Centre will try to fulfill multifunctional cultural purposes, such as hosting the city’s art gallery. Read more about Reök Palace from https://www.reok.hu/en In collaboration with the Choreomundus Programme, Szeged University and Reök, Heidi Seppälä has been co-curating Dance & Heritage exhibition in the spacious second floor of the Reök Palace in 2017. The 2020 exhibition will carry on this fruitful collaboration by inviting a second set of artists to exhibit continuing the theme of heritage and tradition. Read more about the DANCE! - exhibition from here -->

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