UGM | Maribor Art Gallery
UGM | Maribor Art Gallery is a regional museum and one of the central institutions for modern and contemporary art in Slovenia with tradition going back to 1954. UGM extensive collection of over 5,000 art works from beginning of 20th century until today represent the starting point to explore and research Slovene visual art and to engage with the audiences. In addition to the collection UGM presents around 15 exhibitions per year, focusing mainly on presentation of international and national visual artists, retrospective shows and thematic exhibitions, as well as several interventions in public space. Gallery’s two venues are situated in centre of Maribor, Slovene second biggest city. UGM’s diverse education programme connects different generations, ethnic groups as well as over 400 educational institutions from the region in a joint engaging programmes.
[BLOK] is a curatorial collective based in Zagreb, Croatia, established as a non-profit organization in 2001, which acts in the interspace between art, urbanism and activism. Our projects are conceptualised and realised as platforms for the collective efforts of curators, artists, researchers, activists and anyone with an interest in the matters of the public space and the creation of common spaces, as well as a space to receive and reflect on the artistic practices responsive to social circumstances and the production conditions in which they originate.
Dance Centre is located in the heart of our town and our main focus is contemporary dance. Dance Centre’s art director is dancer and choreographer Marko Urbanek, who graduated at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Our work is divided into three parts: dance education, dance perfomance and inclusive dance for the deaf. We create dance performances with our students and also with our professional contemporary dance group Tovarishia Dance Company. We do stage dance performances for the theatre, open-air performances and dance films. Our mission on the project Heroes we love is to develop an audience by a fusion of dance performance and street theatre.
University of Primorska
The University of Primorska, founded in 2003, is a public university that operates not only in a bilingual area, but also right at the spot where three great cultures – Slavic, Romance and Germanic – meet. Situated just a stone’s throw from the sea, we have a wide horizon in front of us, literally and metaphorically. Our mission is to contribute positively to the development of a knowledge society and promote sustainable social development of the local and wider regional environment by offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs in diverse disciplines. The core values we follow are freedom, responsibility, diversity, extroversion and excellence.
LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art is one of the first public cultural institutions established in Poland after the transformations of 1989. It began as an initiative by local independent artists opposed to traditional models of art. An old and dilapidated former public bathhouse on Jaskółcza street first opened in 1908, turned out to be an ideal space for showing art.
The gallery programme is divided into several fields:
– international exchange projects,
– exhibition programme including video art, performance, experimental activities in contemporary music,
– art in public space
In 2012, we opened an affiliate in Nowy Port – Laznia 2, where, in addition to visiting exhibitions, visitors can use reading room, library, open animation studio, and cinema, and attend a wide range of classes and workshops.
The Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum (IEFSEM) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences inherits the best traditions of two research institutes at the Academy, and a museum, which were joined together on 1 July 2010. Whereas the National Ethnographic Museum is one of the oldest museum institutions in Bulgaria (founded in 1892 and gaining a separate status in 1906), the Institute of Ethnography dates back its existence to 1947 (it was joined with the Ethnographic Museum in 1949), and the Institute of Folklore – to 1973. With the joining of these three institutions, IEFSEM became the main national centre for ethnologic, folklore and cultural-anthropological research. The Institute’s research areas involve studies in ethnology, folklore and cultural anthropology. These are carried out in national and transnational contexts, and are approached interdisciplinary (combining methods from history, anthropology, ethnomusicology, art studies, etc.).
Tirana Art Lab
Founded in 2010, our contemporary art centre aims to promote emerging artists from Albania as well as other Central, Eastern and Southern countries in Europe. The centre is process and research oriented and through different events like, residencies, exhibitions, workshops, lecture performance, lectures and talks as well as publications aims at creating a space for critical and reflexive thoughts to emerge. We initiate and support projects, artists and art works that engage critically with Albanians reality and in general with the current neoliberal capitalist world order. In a very short period, we managed to become a key organiser of numerous cultural events and we are currently building a laboratory for artistic production and a library of contemporary art books.
Museum of Yugoslav History
The Museum of Yugoslav History is a vibrant, modern and networked cultural institution, established in 1996, which deals with the history of the twentieth century from the perspective of the history of Yugoslavia. Our function is the protection, conservation and public presentation of cultural property (art works and historical items) which, alone or together, are of special significance in understanding historical, cultural, scientific and technical development during the life of the state of Yugoslavia. The collections were created by combining the holdings of the Josip “Tito” Broz Memorial Centre and the Museum of the Revolution of the Peoples and Nationalities of Yugoslavia. At the museum, we organize various art, educational and other programs, such as exhibitions, guided tours, researches, discussions and summer schools, as well as international programs, such as the recent Beznacionalnost/NationLESS, which open a space for the actualisation of the museum’s holdings and issues or topics connected with the history of Yugoslavia.