In partnership between Contemporary Art Society and The British Council, Slovenia
Visiting Arts, in partnership with The Contemporary Art Society, and The British council, Slovenia, invited10 UK based gallery and museum curators to attend the research and development programme in Ljubljana and Maribor, Slovenia.
The curators were encouraged to apply with an existing partnership which would add strength to their international working. The aim of these partnerships was to inspire and encourage closer working relationships between museums and galleries with collections of contemporary art and independent arts organisations within the arts ecologies of our towns and cities. In this way the strengths of the artists –led practice and the collections and curatorial expertise could be exchanged to mutual benefit.
The Participating organisations were:
- ISIS Arts and MIMA , Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
- Art Gene and Tullie House Museum
- John Hansard Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery
- Sheffield 1 Space and Museums Sheffield
- East Side projects, Birmingham and The New Art Gallery Walsall
- Walker Art Gallery and National Museums Liverpool
Over the week we visited the many of the major gallery, Museums, galleries and presenting venues, Including SKUC gallery, Moderna Galerija and Kino Siska. The Group also visited the Capital of culture 2012 team in Maribor. There was a great deal of interest in working with Eastern European galleries and artists groups, in particular to explore some of the commonalities and the differences in the Eastern European and Western European aesthetic and curatorial narratives.
Visiting Arts and Contemporary Arts Society are keen to develop a longer term programme resulting from this and we are working together on some new ways of working to achieve this.
See our projects section for further information about our International visits and programmes, and the group itinerary during the trip.
All images (c) Maddi Nicholson