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Contemplating OTHER: I know you are, You Know I am invited group show curated by Patricia Lea Watts, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes ,CA, 21st December 2017-28th January 2018.
Bare Root, invited group show,curated by Catherine Bowe, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council, 23rd October - 1st December 2017.
Marbel House Project Residency,  art residency award for October 2017.
'Pathway' a collaborative art commission between artists Catherine Fanning, Brigitta Varadi  and residents of Nazareth Village, September 2016- July 2017.The commission is funded by the Per Cent for Art Scheme, managed and administered by Sligo County Council Arts Office in partnership with Nazareth Housing Association. Opening Reception: Wednesday, 19th July 2017, 2-3pm, Nazareth Village, Church Hill, Sligo
'Jelölés | Marking' Solo Show, Budapest GalleryHungary, April 25th June 4th 2017
curated by Szegedy-Maszák Zsuzsanna & Török Tamás, 


ArtSlant Prize 2016 Grand Prize winner.

Essay, Marking Memory by Andrea Alessi.
ArtSlant prize winners Exhibition, Spring Break Art Show, NY. February 28th – March 6th, 2017.


'Currently 80' Curated by John Yau,
Sculpture Guild, Westbeth, NY. Februar 5th-24th 2017


VISUAL ARTISTS IN PRISON SCHEME AWARD, Castlerea Prison, Co.Roscommon Ireland, December 2016. The Award is co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Department of Justice, Equality and Reform and administered by the Prison Education Service. 


'What if we got it wrong' curated by Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Traveling Exhibition 
West Cork Arts Centre, 29.10-13.12.2016
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 16.09-16.10.2016
Wexford Arts Centre, 10.06-29.07.2016
F.E.McWilliam Gallery, N.I. 12.02-16.04. 2016
Centre Culturel Irlandais, 25.09-4.11 2015 

Contemplating OTHER: I know you are, You know I am


Gallery Route One

Invited Artists: Alice Escott, Linda Guenste, Brigitta Varadi,
Curated by Patricia Watts
Thursday, December 21 through Sunday, January 28
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 21, 3 - 5 PM, Artists' Talk, 2:30 - 3 PM
Salon: Sunday, January 28 4 to 5 PM


In Contemplating OTHER, three artists reflect on human-animal relationships. Selected by Curator
Patricia Watts, artists Alicia Escott, Linda Guneste, and Brigitta Varadi examine how our human
relationship with animals has dramatically altered over time. As world populations continue to rise
and as wild spaces are reduced due to human encroachments, our heightened interactions with
animals expand our awareness of both ourselves and other. As individuals, our consciousness of the
boundaries between humans and animals ultimately determines our own fate as a species. Having
become dependent on animals for psychological and nutritional needs, human beings don't often
know where the self ends and the other begins.

Press: Marin Arts, Arts and Culture Guide EcoartspaceMarin Magazine, Sonoma Index-TribuneSFGateSan Francisco Eventful



Bare Root

A group exhibition presenting eleven artists whose work explore rural environments and the points where nature and the man-made intersect. Exhibition curated by Catherine Bowe.

Wexford County Buildings
​23rd October - 1st December 2017 

​Exhibition Reception:
Friday 20th October at 6.00pm at Wexford County Council Buildings, Carricklawn

Guest Speaker: Curator, Anya von Gosseln

All welcome, refreshments and food served.

​The Arts Department of Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to present Bare Root, a group exhibition exploring rural and farmyard environments, and the points where nature and the man-made intersect. Situated in the County Buildings, Bare Root features the work of artists including Frank Abruzzese, Michael Canning, Els Dietvorst, Michael Fortune, Janet Mullarney, Rosie O’Gorman, Helen Robbins, Blaise Smith, Brigitta Varadi, Michael Wann and Katie Watchorn.​

Download brochure:Bare Root (pdf)

Press:Irish Times, Wexford County Council Art Collection






 Read more: Arts+Health Pathway Poject, case study 

Sligo Arts Service



Jelölés | Marking

Solo Show at the Budapest Gallery 

Opening speech by: GYÖRGY VÁRKONYI, art historian
Opening: 18.00, Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Exhibition runs till June 4th, 2017

Radio review, conversation with aesthete, dr. Krisztián Kukla with Bakonyvári M. Ágnessel 
2017.05.19. 11:04, Katarzis, Katolikus Radio  Download here
M5 Television review, Cultural News / Kulturális Híradó,  2017.04.26-i adás, from 20.41 minutes




Essay, Marking Memory



This essay was first published in the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Catalogue, on the occasion of the ArtSlant Prize Shortlist exhibition at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, from February 28–March 6, 2017. Brigitta Varadi is the ArtSlant Prize 2016 Grand Prize winner. Other ArtSlant Prize 2016 catalogue essays: Tiffany Smith & Sterling Crispin

'In some way, all things are congealed moments in a longer social trajectory. All things are brief deposits of this or that property, photographs that conceal the reality of the motion from which their objecthood is a momentary respite.

—Arjun Appadurai, “The Thing Itself” [1]

To hear Brigitta Varadi talk about sheep is to hear her effuse about something bigger than wool, felt, or the declining carpet and farming industries in the remote corner of North West Ireland where she lives. Her animated descriptions of how highland farmers mark and identify their sheep spin into ruminations on knowledge, memory, commerce, and social relations—and how each may be sketched onto downy fleeces or mapped onto the rural landscape. '  Read the full essay: please click here


1st Prize, ArtSlant Award 2016 - Spring Break Art Show

Very honoured to be selected and awarded 1st Prize ArtSlant 2016.

The ArtSlant Prize 2016 exhibition, which will be taking place at SPRING/BREAK! We are very excited to be a part of this curator-centric, site-specific fair. This year, SPRING/BREAK is setting up shop at 4 Times Square, the neon center of a world on the brink. 

SPRING/BREAK Art Show is an internationally recognized exhibition platform using underused historic New York City spaces to activate and challenge the traditional cultural landscape of the art market, typically but not exclusively during Armory Arts Week. The sixth annual fair will be held from February 28th – March 6th, 2017.

Oscar Wilde famously suggested great art “reveal beauty and hide the artist.” For the 2017 BLACK MIRROR exhibition at SPRING/BREAK, more than 100 curators will feature artworks that explore the dance of identity the artist undergoes—between showing what’s unseen and hiding in plain sight—especially in the face of modern technology, political unrest, and glimmers from ghosts of Art History’s past.

The Artslant Prize 2016 Winners:

First: Brigitta Varadi
Second: Tiffany Smith
Third: Sterling Crispin
Honorable Mentions: Bex Ilsley, Jin Hee Park



CURRENTLY 80, curated by John Yau

Currently 80, Curated by John Yau

Celebrating 80 years of the Sculptores Guild

Download pdf Catalogue 

February 5, 2017 thru February 24, 2017
Opening Reception:
Sunday, February 5th, 1pm–4 p.m.
Closing Reception:
Friday February 24th, 6pm-8pm

Westbeth Gallery,
55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014 Gallery Hours: 
Wednesdays through Sundays, 1-6 p.m.

Excerpted from John Yau’s essay for the Sculptors Guild Catalog “Currently 80”
“Each sculpture embodies a different vision of the world, of the past, present, and future. Some of the sculptures are whimsical: others touch on the tragic. The sculptors present a span of human emotions as wide as the range of their materials, shaped by the mind as much as by the hand. “ 
…”this exhibition of works by members of the Sculptors Guild at Westbeth… should serve as a healthy reminder of the importance of the relationship between independence and community. Neither can exist without the other, which is something we should never lose sight of. “
Highlighted former members work on view include Louise Nevelson, Jose de Creeft, Chaim Gross, Jean Woodham, Michael Malpass

Current Guild Members work on view include: Andro & Glicksman, June Ahrens, Mark Attebery, Richard Barnet, Susan Beallor-Snyder, Caroline Bergonzi, Meg Bloom, Gibert Boro, Colin Chase, Irene Christensen, Marilyn Davidson, Mary Annella Mimi Frank, Irene Gennaro, J. T. Gibson, Janet Goldner, Gail Goldsmith, Armando Guiller, Lannie Hart, Sarah Haviland, Paul Higham, Lucy Hodgson, Eve Ingalls, Howard Kalish, Stephen Keltner, Brigid  Kennedy, E Knowles, Pavel Kraus, Coral Penelope Lambert, Thea Lanzisero, Eric David Laxman, Conrad Levenson, Robert Loebell, Elaine Lorenz, Vera Manzi-Schacht, Betty McGeehan, Gina Miccinilli, Elizabeth Miller McCue, Lisa Nanni, Kenneth Payne, Jessica Ramirez, Sawyer Rose, Arlene Rush, Renata Manasse Schwebel, Alvin Sher, Emil Silberman, Robert Smith, Brigitta Varadi, Martha Walker, Andrew Werby, Michael Wolf




ArtSlant Prize 2016 Shortlist 

Selected by 9 panels of independent guest jurors from 1,800 entries over the course of 2016, the artists below are now under consideration for the grand prize and ArtSlant Prize exhibition which will take place during New York’s Armory Week in March 2017. 

ArtSlant Prize 2016 Shortlist









For over 40 years, SOHO20 has been supporting the work of women in the arts, and we invite you to help us celebrate! SOHO20 is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 6-9PM, we will be hosting a benefit auction at our gallery space and Studio 10, both located in the 56 Bogart building in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Both an artwork auction and party, this event will be a celebration of our first, very successful year in the heart of the emerging Brooklyn art scene, and will also support our programming for the year to come.

SOHO20 Gallery + Studio 10
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn NY, 11206

On the occasion of our very first benefit auction in our new gallery space, we will be honoring Martha Wilson.

Martha Wilson (b. 1947) is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and “invasions” of other people’s personae. She began making these videos and photo/text works in the early 1970s while in Halifax in Nova Scotia, and further developed her performative and video-based practice after moving in 1974 to New York City. In 1976 she founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists’ books, installation art, video, online and performance art, further challenging institutional norms, the roles artists play within society, and expectations about what constitutes acceptable art mediums. She is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and an Obie Award and a Bessie Award for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression. She is represented by P•P•O•W gallery in New York City.

What if we got it wrong ?


29 October to 13 December 2016

West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland

A group exhibition of Irish or Irish-based artists engaged in issues of climate change produced by the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the lead up to the international COP21 Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015.

Curated by Nora Hickey M'Sichili, selected artists: Emily Robyn Archer, George Bolster, Alice Clark, Mark Clare, Blaise Drummond, Seamus Dunbar, John Gerrard, Andrew Kearney, Susan Leen, Ruth Le Gear, Selma Makela, Anna Macleod, Christine Mackey, Seamus Nolan, Softday (Seán Taylor and Mikael Fernstrom) and Brigitta Varadi.


What if we got it wrong?

Opening Reception: Friday 16th September, 20165pm -10pm

What If We Got It Wrong? is a touring group exhibition of 15 Irish or Irish-based artists engaged in issues of climate change produced by the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the lead up to the international COP21 Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015. What If We Got It Wrong? - as the performance-poet Lemn Sissay asks us - in measuring progress by levels of industrialisation, expansion and accumulation? A focal point of the exhibition is the ice and waters of the Arctic, veritable barometers of the catastrophic effects of this ‘progress’, with a further important strand being geopolitics and its direct links to questions of energy and biodiversity. Video and multi-media installations, photography, works on paper and canvases bring the complexities and implications of climate change to the fore in works by Emily Robyn Archer, George Bolster, Mark Clare, Alice Clark, Blaise Drummond, Seamus Dunbar, John Gerrard, Andrew Kearney, Susan Leen, Ruth Le Gear, Christine Mackey, Anna Macleod, Selma Makela, Seamus Nolan, Softday and Brigitta Varadi. 

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Nora Hickey M’Sichili (Curator), Frank McDonald, Darragh McKeon and Katherine Waugh. 

What if We Got it Wrong? toured during 2016 to F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, N. Ireland; Wexford Arts Centre, WexfordLeitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton and finally will show at West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen opening on the 29 October.

LSC Gallery hours: Monday to Saturday 11am - 4pm.

More info: Leitrim Sculpture Centre


(Contained) | chaNorth Residents, curated by Lauren Smith

September 8 – September 17, 2016

266 W 37th Street
New York, NY
(between 7th and 8th ave.)

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8th, 6-8pm

Through the use of painting, sculpture, found objects, and performance, (Contained) examines those tensions which arise from internal and external limitations. Residents and alumni of chashama’s chaNorth Residency address the concept of “containment,” in dialogue with time, space, and identity. The exhibition features work by Meredith Walker, Sophie Bortolussi, Gian Luigi Braggio, Donna Cleary, Timothy Lee, Margaret Lee, Lanelle Pintal, Peter Fulop, Bill Pagano, Brigitta Varadi, Lauren Smith, and Katya Grokhovsky.

About chaNorth
chaNorth is chashama’s New York State artist residency aimed at providing a nourishing, focused environment for emerging artists and writers, as they continue their committed practices. The program offers an opportunity for 5-6 emerging artists to remove themselves from the typical demands of daily life and immerse themselves in a creative live/work space for four weeks. chaNorth is located on five acres of sprawling meadow, adjacent to hundreds of acres of undeveloped woods in the scenic Hudson Valley. 




New York Art Residency and Studios ( NARS) Foundation In Partnership With Textile Arts Center, And The Wassaic Project 

Entree / Encore


Artist Talk By Brigitta Varadi

Tuesday, August 23rd At 6pm 

More info and images of the talk: Entree/Encore



Sunday, August 14th: 3-6pm
a public intervention and pop-up tea shop by Brigitta Varadi

What is touching and tasting?  What does it mean to yield to a tactual provocation as the recipients of art? Does activation of the senses, other than vision, launch some other mechanism for the understanding of works of art? Through the reassessment of a daily activity, GOLDENROD examines how memory can inform our present day perspective.
During a two month residency at The Wassaic Project in the fall of 2015 (Wassaic, NY), Brigitta Varadi collected and dried local goldenrods following her grandmother’s knowledge. She created 1000 Goldenrod Tea bags, each numbered and signed, accompanied by 100 screen printed tea boxes. The work echoed Varadi’s grandmother’s own practice: a process-oriented labor and old tradition passed down from each generation.  The tea becomes a symbol for both the artist and the audience to question and examine multiple levels of depth regarding memories of the past.  In addition to the tea, Varadi created objects using textured wool dyed with goldenrod – hand felted and hand stitched – to provide a platform for an intimate engagement of conversing and tea drinking.


Boyle Arts Festival


Appetite for Destruction 

JUNE 12 – SEPTEMBER 18 2016  The Wassaic Project 



Justin Balmain, Richard Barlow, Sabrina Barrios, Natalie Baxter, Rachelle Beaudoin, Geoffrey Booras, Holden Brown, Fiona Buchanan, Daniel Carello, Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw, Caryn Coyle, Charlie Crowell, Jenn Dierdorf, Lily Dithrich, Meredith Drum, GURL DON’T BE DUMB, Gregg Evans, Brad Fesmire, Rebekah Flake, J.D. Fontanella, MaDora Frey, Cat Glennon, Lindsey Glover, David Grainger, Daniel Greenfield-Campoverde, Phoebe Grip, Meghan Grubb, Jenica Heintzelman, Dana Hemes, Will Hutnick, Roxanne Jackson, Kate Johnson, Fitzhugh Karol, Allison Kaufman, Juwon Lee, Michelle Leftheris, Genevieve Lowe, Jessica Machacek, Colin Matthes, Julia Norton, Paola Ochoa, Christopher Rodriguez, Marco Rosichelli & Ryan Peter Miller, Jason Schwab, Emilie Selden, Deborah Simon, Stephanie Skaff, Ryann Slauson, Madeleine Stern, Tiffany Tate, Alex Tsocanos, Brigitta Varadi, Chris Victor, Amelia Wallin, Brian Andrew Whitely, Alex Yudzon, Liz Zito


Education Fellowship, Wassaic Project

Awarded 3 months Education Fellowship at the Wassaic Project, Wassaic, New York.

June-August 2016.

Supported by the Wassaic Project and Arts Council of Ireland, Travel and Training Award. 




What if we got it wrong

What if we got it wrong?  

In association with Centre Cultural Irlandais and the Wexford Arts Centre

A group exhibition presenting fifteen artists whose work explores the impacts on the environment of our society and globalised economy. 

Wexford County Council 
10th June - 29th July 2016


​Exhibition Opening
guest speaker French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault 
Thursday 9th June at 11am. 


Visiting Lecturer at NCAD