Back in 2005, the Bátor Tábor Foundation (www.batortabor.hu) organised the first Contemporary Art Auction (CAA) in Budapest. What began as a charity auction has, in the course of years, become one of the most significant annual events of the Hungarian art market. Acceptance into the CAA Budapest means recognition and admiration for the artists, whereas for the collectors, participation in the event stands for guarantee of real art quality.
More than 10 years of success would not have been possible without the professional guidance of Deák Erika Gallery, acb Gallery and Kieselbach Gallery.
Inspired by the success of the CAA Budapest, the first Bator Tabor Contemporary Art Auction in Warsaw, Poland was held in October 2013. The profile, quality and aims of the CAA Warsaw mirrored the Hungarian event. After netting over 110,000 pln, the auction has been entered into the calendar as the most important fundraising event for the Bátor Tábor Foundation in Poland.
Since 2014. the Bátor Tábor CAA Warsaw (www.batortabor.pl) takes place in Zachęta – National Gallery of Art. During this special evenings almost 50 pieces of art are auctioned. All of them are offered by top Polish contemporary artists. You can see the pieces here.
Similar to the auction in Budapest, the recommendation of the artists and the process of selecting the art works are carried out by acknowledged art professionals.The jury in 2014 included the following institutions: the National Museum in Warsaw, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Leto Gallery, Raster Gallery, Starter Gallery, the Poznań School of Form and Polswiss Art Auction House. In 2015 the jury consisted of Małgorzata Ludwisiak – Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek, Ujazdowski / Centre for Contemporary, Art Ujazdowski Castle, Agnieszka Tarasiuk – Muzeum Narodowe / National Museum, Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka – School of Form, Poznań, Marta Kołakowska – Leto Gallery, Łukasz Gorczyca, Michał Kaczyński – Raster Gallery, Marika Zamojska – Starter Gallery.
The proceeds from this charitable event will go to providing free therapeutic recreational summer camp experiences for children with cancer at Bátor Tábor Camp (‘Camp of Courage’) in Hatvan, Hungary. Bátor Tábor has been a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network since 2007. Founded by the Oscar-winning actor and philanthropist Paul Newman over 27 years ago in the USA, this network provides the foundation for global best-practices at camps for seriously ill children all over the world.
These days, around 1000 campers at Bátor Tábor every year have a chance to participate in programmes they would not be able to engage in anywhere else because of their physical limitations. The camp offers horseback riding, archery, music, arts and crafts, acting classes, photography, environmental workshops, fishing, canoeing, rowing and a high ropes courses. All the programmes have been created so that they give children the strongest feeling of success and self-realization, which positively influences their self-esteem and recovery process. Since opening, thanks to our cooperation with 60 Eastern European hospitals, Bátor Tábor has been visited by over 8000 campers during the past 15 years.
We are grateful to all participants in this event for contributing to the success of Bátor Tábor.