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Nordisk Kulturfond

Together for a new Nordic Region Using culture to break down barriers The Nordic Culture Fund works to support an innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural scene in the Nordic Region, one that is diverse, accessible and of high quality.

CSM / Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art and Open Place art platform (Kiev, Ukraine)

CSM / Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 2008 and promotes innovative artistic practices and responsible cultural criticism in Ukraine. CSM strives to create an environment in which culture is regarded as an important agent of change. CSM as a cultural institution is one of the first organizations in the Ukraine which addressed the subject of art in public space and continues to work on projects aimed at developing participatory strategies of art interaction within the city. CSM has three main focus areas: non-formal education, criticism, and artistic practices. CSM initiates educational initiatives for journalists, critics, curators, artists, and cultural managers, and encourages communication and cooperation between cultural institutions and local communities. CSM is a publisher of the Korydor online magazine about contemporary culture. 

Open Place

Open Place artistic platform supports creative research and strives to establish connections between the art process and different communities in Ukrainian society. Open Place’s activities support meetings and collaborations in order to offer a variety of perspectives on the development of art, politics and socio-cultural transition. Open Place’s goals are to form a cultural area, where society becomes an active participant in cultural events, a co-creator of common values, artistic events and cultural context and to take part in discussions, sharing experience, ideas and influences between artists and curators from Ukraine and other countries.

Bukhara Photo Gallery (Bukhara, Uzbekistan)

Bukhara Photo Gallery aims to develop and promote art photography in the region.  Many of its projects address social and political issues through photography and facilitate interaction with the local creative community, including photographers, artists, and others.  Its main activities are photo exhibits, photography workshops, and participation in local and international photography events.

Dushanbe ArtGround / Sanati Muosir (Dushanbe, Tajkikistan / Taboshor, Sogd Region)

Dushanbe Art Ground/Sanati Muosir – is a non-profit organization registered in 2012 in Dushanbe. DAG mission is to advocate for the development of contemporary art practices in Tajikistan, to redefine the role of the artist in contemporary society and shift the function of the artist from mere producer to engaged researcher and critic. DAG strategy is to achieve long-term sustainable development for new media arts and new platforms where creative and civic communities could collaboratively invent alternative avenues for social development and change.

Oberliht (Chisinau, Moldova)

Founded in 2000 and based on rather long working experience as an independent cultural actor, Oberliht aims to interconnect dispersed artistic scenes and build an artistic community making use of public spaces. The Association aims to provide support to young artists and contribute to their professional development. It develops and maintains interdisciplinary platforms and projects aiming to connect the local and international contemporary art and culture initiatives, and advocates for a strong and independent cultural sector in Moldova and in the region.

Its activities include: cultural action (supporting artistic production); research of public space transformations; advocacy actions; non-formal education; community building and organizing; editorial and publishing activity (translation and dissemination).

ArtEast (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)

ArtEast is a non-governmental organization founded by three Kyrgyz freelance artists in 2002. The main mission of the organization is to strengthen the role of the contemporary visual arts as an integral component for the harmonious development of civil society in Kyrgyzstan and to provide support to artists to create artworks that are free of ideological and commercial pressure. 

Eurasian Cultural Alliance (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

The Eurasian Cultural Alliance is a public association that focuses on the arts and culture sector in the social and economic development of Kazakhstan. The Alliance’s main objective is to modernize the country’s arts and culture sector and create a strong cultural conglomerate capable of implementing socially important projects in Kazakhstan and abroad.  Among its activities are:  participation in the development and popularization of the contemporary art of Kazakhstan; enrichment of the cultural life of Kazakhstan and the Asian region, promotion the values of national and world culture; transformation of the urban environment; Public Cultural Zones (creation of cultural areas in shopping centers and recreation and entertainment parks); set-up art facilities  in frequently visited public places and in front of office buildings, etc.; organization of cultural events, such as festivals, concerts, exhibitions and fairs, scientific and creative discussions, creative laboratories, seminars, confer­ences, symposia, round tables, briefings, master classes, workshops, art residences.

GeoAIR (Tbilisi, Georgia)

GeoAIR organizes and supports international exchange projects bringing together artists and curators from different cultural backgrounds and finding relevant contexts for them to work in. GeoAIR team intensively works on developing contemporary art activities that deal with urgent issues. GeoAIR strives to develop their activities to be more research-based, inclusive and engaged in the specificity of a given environment. A fundamental part of GeoAIR programs is interaction with the public. In their interdisciplinary curatorial projects, priority is given to socially engaged projects in which through the close collaboration of local artists, audiences and communities they share experiences and ideas. GeoAIR has three main interconnected directions: collaborative cultural projects, self-directed residency program and Archidrome – Contemporary Art Archive.

Suburb Platform (Yerevan, Armenia)

The Suburb Platform is an initiative of AICA Armenia and Mekhitar Sebastatsi Art School to provide local and international artists and curators with an open space to exhibit and discuss art projects and solo exhibitions. Because Suburb Platform doesn’t have permanent location, its main activities (artists’ talks, workshops, discussions, presentations and screenings) are happening in different places in Yerevan. Independent curator, Eva Khachatryan, directs the residency program.  As a researcher and curator, her work focuses on self-organization and autonomy in the field of contemporary art.  Eva initiates and directs educational programs for emerging artists and organizes local and international exhibitions, presentations, and seminars and visual art and electronic music exchange programs.

Atelier PİLLƏ (Baku, Azerbaijan)

The PILLƏ architecture studio was founded in November 2015.

The team continually conducts architectural research and works on different topics related to architectural practice. As an architectural organization PILLƏ aims to become an alternative local platform, which examines critical architectural and urban problems and seeks optimal solutions for them.  In addition, the team organizes discussions, writes proposals, prepares presentations, exhibitions, and coordinates workshops.

Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art (Minsk, Belarus)

Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art features current artistic projects by artists from Belarus and abroad, organizes lectures held by art critics, philosophers and urban theorists, and offers workshops for adults and children. “Ў gallery” is an active art-platform which unites its exhibition space with the “Ў cellar” (an experimental space for young artists), “Ў bureau” (a space offering art works by contemporary Belarusian artists), as well as a design shop, bookshop, and café. One of the most important directions of “Ў gallery” activity is educational: the organization and carrying-out of seminars, master classes, and workshops in art history, art criticism, art management, and curatorship with the participation of Belarusian and foreign professionals.

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