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Chosen young designers, architects and other visual artists will synergistically, with the help of experienced mentors from EU and Western Balkans countries, work on comprehensive, high-visibility design projects. Chosen participants will be part of a mentorship program that includes constant mentorship by Western Balkans design professionals and suppervisions by EU design professionals.

All designers will be under the eye of their mentors during the entire design project—from the first scratch to final solution and production. They will have an opportunity to work on creation of visual identity and its application on different formats and materials, creation of environmental graphics and spatial design elements, exhibition design and editorial design. The program also includes organised workshops and conferences across Western Balkans.

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

    Following a catastrophic earthquake that hit Banja Luka on October 26th and 27th, 1969, prominent Yugoslav painters, art historians, and friends of Banja Luka collected approximately 800 works of art to help the damaged city. It was these pieces that served as the foundation for the establishment of the Art Gallery in Banja Luka. Founded in 1971, the Gallery’s contribution was reflected in the development and spread of fine art among its audience, through the conservation and promotion of local and foreign artists. The Art Gallery became a central fine arts institution in the Republic of Srpska in 1994, and in 2004 it was renamed the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Republic of Srpska.

    The Museum covers a wide range of programmes, spanning from the exhibitions of its permanent collection, to blockbuster and large exhibitions, thematic and solo exhibitions, and guest exhibitions. One blockbuster exhibition is held annually, and has so far displayed the works of Damian Hirst, Joseph Boyce, Stone of the Moon as part of it. The blockbuster exhibition features accompanying exhibitions and programmes. The large exhibitions are dedicated to important local artists and are commonly organised in partnership with other institutions, some of the most notable including the works of Nadežda Petrović, Petar Lubarda, Milan Konjović, and Sava Šumanović. Thematic and solo exhibitions of the recent work of local artists are held annually as well. An exhibition of a local artist or a thematic group is organised in the Museum building, whilst an exhibition of works by the best student in the graduating year of the Academy of Arts is held in Gallery +. The museums guest exhibitions, which include both solo and thematic exhibitions, have so far featured De Stijl, Goranka Matić, Dušan Otašević, Uroš Đurić, Marija Dragojlović, IRWIN group, and Kato Mijatović to name a few.

    The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Republic of Srpska operates in two spaces, in the main building of the museum in the centre of Banja Luka and in Gallery +. The program showcased in the main building consists of exhibitions of the Museum’s own production, including both thematic and solo exhibitions of artists, as well as guest thematic and author exhibitions in collaboration with regional and foreign partners. Gallery + is a shop that sells paintings and art pieces. In addition, its space is occasionally used to house exhibitions of students of the Academy of Fine Arts of Banja Luka. The Museum’s main building is currently under construction, with plans to introduce residential programs and the formation of a library and scientific research centre.

    The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Republic of Srpska is the only museum of contemporary art in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as such, serves to encourage the development of the contemporary art scene of the Republic of Srpska and the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In order to achieve that goal, it collaborates with relevant local, regional and foreign institutions and individuals, which enables active monitoring and presentation of current world art trends. It offers popular audience development programs and scientific research activities intended for professionals in the field of fine arts and curatorial practices. The Museum’s work was recognized locally and globally, with it being awarded the “Plaque of the City of Banja Luka” for outstanding achievements in the field of culture and art, as well as the “Ziva” award for the best museum in Southeast Europe.

  • The Artistic Colony of Danilovgrad (Danilovgrad, Montenegro)

    The Artistic Colony of Danilovgrad is located at the picturesque spot alongside the Zeta riverbank of the small Mediterranean town of Danilovgrad. Its discreet white building is surrounded by an open garden of marble statues. It is these statues that this small, yet international institution is famous for. Since it was founded in 1972, over 100 sculptures have been created during the International Symposium of Sculpture organised by the Colony. Thanks to a cooperation with the local factory “Mermer”, the marble stone for carving has been provided to the Colony since the very beginning. The first artist from abroad participated in 1974, adding a new dimension to the Symposium. Today, the Artistic Colony of Danilovgrad is the most important institution for the development of sculpture in Montenegro and the International Sculpture Symposium holds the status of an Event of Special Importance for the Culture of Montenegro.

    The International Symposium of Sculpture is the most significant programme the Colony holds. During the month-long event held in September, marble sculptures are carved out of local marble stone ores. Bringing in up to 5 international sculptors who work alongside Danilovgrad’s local craftsmen, the artists are provided with accommodation and a stipend of 1000 euros. The final product of their work, the 150 sculptures created so far, are displayed in the open space garden of the Colony upon completion. Other programmes include exhibitions and educational programmes for youth. The Contemporary Montenegrin Sculpture exhibition is held in June, during which the Drago Đurović award of 1000 euros is awarded to a winner selected by an international jury. The exhibition Artists to the Homeland brings together artists from the wider territory of Danilovgrad. Solo exhibitions of local visual artists are organised sporadically, providing support for the local art scene. The educational programmes include the Children’s School of Drawing and Sculpting and a Preparatory school for enrollment in the Fine Arts Academy for highschool students.

    Located in a central area of Danilovgrad in close proximity to the sea and tourists attractions, the Colony is located right by one of Montenegro’s main tourist routes – the Zeta river. Recognisable by the white statues that contrast against the green scenery, the Colony operates mainly in its open space. Within the renovated walls of the main building lay a small exhibition space, an office, and a residential floor to house both artists and artistic creations. With the number of sculptures growing, some are being placed in public places in the immediate vicinity,  strengthening the presence of the Colony in the consciousness of the broader public.

    Danilovgrad is one of the few cities in former Yugoslavia and one of a kind in the country of Montenegro that possesses an open space art gallery with more than a hundred sculptures. Its Artistic Colony is one of the pillars of Montenegro’s international cultural cooperation, bringing in an array of international and Montenegrin sculptors alike. Its main goal is the promotion of artistic freedom and sculpture in public spaces, promoting dialogue and artistic creation among the local community. Through cultural tourism and intersectoral cooperation, the Colony supports local development and connects the population of Danilovgrad and Montenegro with cultures of the whole world.

  • The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection (Novi Sad, Serbia)

    Housed in a small museum in the heart of Novi Sad, Serbia, is an abundant collection of the works of some of the most prominent Yugoslav artists of the 20th century. The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection displays the works of Nadežda Petrović, Sava Šumanović, Milan Konjović, Marko Čelebonović, Petar Dobrović, Petar Lubarda, Zora Petrović and more. The history of the Memorial Collection relates to the passionate art collector Pavle Beljanski, a Yugoslav diplomat who was deployed in Stockholm, Berlin, Warsaw, Vienna, Paris, and Rome in the interwar period. He started collecting after World War I, initially collecting the works of international artists, but later dedicating himself to forming a collection of artwork created by Yugoslav artists. The artwork in his collection were part of some of the most important Yugoslav exhibitions. Beljanski donated his collection to the City of Novi Sad in 1957, and in order to exhibit it, a dedicated exhibition space was erected in 1961, and the cultural institution Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection was formed.

    The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection houses 187 artworks, 90% of which being paintings, from between the two World Wars. As part of its permanent exhibition, 144 works within the Beljanski Collection are displayed, as well as a Memorial – a reconstruction of the donor’s living environment, the Artist’s Memorial – which includes portraits and documentary material of the artists whose works are featured in the collection, and Museum for All – a programme developed for people with disabilities. The Memorial Collection also houses a library of professional literature in the field of art history and theory, exhibition catalogues, and magazines. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the institution organises a large number of author’s exhibitions with accompanying programmes, including the “Memorial Collection of Pavle Beljanski and its architect Ivo Kurtovic” and “Pest students”. The Memorial Collection offers educational programmes for children and youth and for emerging artists and professionals in the realm of culture, an award is granted for the best master thesis. The Memorial Collection participates in various events, most notably the “Museums for Ten” as part of European Museum Night and the “Summer on Gallery Square”, a joint project with the Gallery of Matica Srpska and the Rajko Mamuzić Gift Collection.

    The building of the Memorial Collection was built as the first dedicated museum space on the territory of Serbia. It was designed by architect Ivo Kurtović, an esteemed Yugoslav architect, in 1961, following a competition for the building’s design. The two story building houses a permanent exhibition on its ground floor, and an extended exhibition space on the upper floor, an imitation of Pavle Beljanski’s living environment.  The memorial collection is located next to the Gallery of Matica Srpska and the Gift Collection of Rajko Mamuzić, the three buildings forming the Gallery Square in the very centre of Novi Sad. Surrounded by greenery, the building was envisioned to be connected to nature.

    Beljanski’s collection is unique – on a global scale – also in the fact that almost a quarter of the total number of the artwork from the collection include the works of women artists. In addition to the artworks, the legacy keeps diplomatic correspondence, books, gifts and other artefacts that contribute to the understanding of significant cultural and diplomatic activities of Yugoslavia. Through its work, the Memorial Collection encourages audience development, education and research in the field of art and social sciences, as well as contemporary art. The promotion of knowledge and excellence, cosmopolitan spirit, social dialogue and diplomatic ties are at the heart of the activities of the Memorial Collection.

  • The Cultural Centre of Trebinje (Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

    The Cultural Centre of Trebinje is located in a lush park of Mediterranean greens in the very heart of the city of Trebinje. Founded in 2013 following the decision for an institutional reform and reorganisation of the Centre for Media and Culture of Trebinje, the Cultural Centre of Trebinje started operating as the cultural hub of the city, initiating and nurturing the cultural life of Trebinje and Herzegovina. Hosting roughly around 700 events annually, including two daily screenings at the cinema and festivals during the summer months, the Centre generates an audience of about 15,000 a year, 10,000 of whom visit the cinema.

    The Cultural Centre offers different programmes pertaining to arts and culture, including visual, film, theatre, literary, musical, and educational programmes. The programme of visual arts hosts both solo and group exhibitions, and is especially significant for its cooperative nature with the Academy of Fine Arts in Trebinje. The film programme caters to children and adults, with screenings organised both indoors and in the city’s open spaces. The Mediterranean Film Festival is an especially important event held in the summer months all around the city, bringing in locals and tourists alike. The Centre offers theatre programmes, one of its most significant being the Festival of Festivals, a Festival of amateur Drama. The literary programme includes the Days of Dučić’s poetry, live footnotes, poetry reading at the market and Poets’ Square. The Centre also organises music programmes and educational programmes, such as the summer campuses for students.

    Although established in 2013, the building of the Cultural Centre was entirely renovated in 2016, when a large exhibition space comprising three galleries was opened. In addition to the gallery, the Centre houses a TV studio, a cinema and theatre hall, as well as a large roof used for outdoor programmes. Visual, film, theatre, literary, musical, and educational programmes are all realised in the Centre. In its TV studio, the centre produces media content to promote culture and art. The plato of the building facing the park, with a cafe operating with a spacious garden, serves as a gateway for communication with the public and plays a key role in announcing current and future programmes.

    The Cultural Centre of Trebinje is an integral part of everyday life in Trebinje, and brings about visitors from Herzegovina and beyond. It is the only contemporary art gallery space in the city and its surroundings. Thanks to the dynamic work of its galleries and collaborations with the local Academy of Arts, the Centre’s recognised as an artistic hub of the Republic of Srpska. A scope of cultural programmes are realised in the Centre, and thanks to the collaboration with the local government, open city spaces are used for summer activities and audience development. Through its own production and an array of local, regional and international partnerships, the Centre promotes openness, cooperation and creativity, developing dialogue with its residents and tourists alike.


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