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The partnership consists of four organizations, three of them are NGO’s and the forth one is university institute.

The partnership consists of four organizations, three of them are NGO’s and the forth one is university institute. All partners are working in deep connection with other NGOs, public cultural institutions and state based universities on a local and international level. Thus our partnership attains a wide range of different audience, interested in obtaining additional knowledge and vocational training for operating as a curator, critic and journalist in the filed of contemporary arts. 

The partnership, developed with the support of Leonardo da Vinci program, will offer to the vocational program leaders deeper insight in other educational programs focused on contemporary arts and culture. Continuous collaboration will thus allow involved organizations (and leaders) to up-grade our previous experiences and to compare them with partners’ by exchanging training contents and operational knowledge. Among partners we already discussed specifics and similarities of our programs and while doing so, we examined our modes of operation, getting new ideas of possible modus operandi and developing interesting strategies. Through the opportunity to share good practices our programs will be more structured, ensure implementation of attested methods, while lectures and themes will be shaped according to standards which are used by our international colleagues. Furthermore all partners expect intense collaboration, which will help us to develop a joint platform for international, interdisciplinary vocation training in the field of curatorial and critical writing practices and art journalism. That would strengthen the position of all partners and place us firmly in the center of internationally relevant educational initiatives and networks. Learners (mostly students of art and social sciences, employed and unemployed people, artists, free-lancers in the art filed, cultural producers) will benefit from the program activities (workshops, lectures, study excursions, final exhibition, production of texts/articles) on various levels: through the activities (workshops, lectures, study excursions and final exhibitions) they will obtain a vocation certificate on curatorial and writing knowledge; study excursion will help them to get a general overview of different cultural scenes and to interact with other learners (from Austria, Croatia and Poland). Thus learners and visiting lectures will be exchanging knowledge and experiences while creating networks for future collaboration. 

 

Partners are:

SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana (Slovenia)
w: www.scca-ljubljana.si, www.worldofart.org
e: info@scca-ljubljana.si 

SCCA forms important segments of support system for contemporary arts & culture and civic society. 

Its activities are divided into the following scopes: 
art programs; 
vocational training programs and
service activities. 

SCCA-Ljubljana objective is to produce, stimulate and mediate innovative artistic and interpretative practices and to encourage international links between them. SCCA-Ljubljana provides the participants and users of contemporary art with knowledge, tools and skills necessary for emancipated and reflected operation within the art system. By establishing a support system and cooperating with numerous NGOs SCCA-Ljubljana situates artistic practices into the social framework. 

SCCA-Ljubljana will be involved in the partnership with the vocational training program The World of Art, School for Contemporary Art, operating within SCCA-Ljubljana since 1997. Conceived in yearly cycles and composed of a course for curators with a final exhibition, a seminar in writing, a series of lectures and a yearly anthology, the World of Art School aims to establish the necessary mechanisms for a reflective operation in the art world. The World of Art vocational training is the initiator of the partnership and due to its 13 years long history the leader of non-formal educational courses for young curators and critics of contemporary visual arts in the Region (Croatia, Austria, Poland). SCCA-Ljubljana therefore takes a part of conceptualizing vocational program and defining synergies amongst partners' educational programs.

 

Schnittpunkt Verein für Ausstellungstheorie und – praxis (with ecm – educating/curating/managing. Lehrgang für Ausstellungstheorie und – praxis an der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien), Vienna (Austria) 
w: www.schnitt.orgwww.uni-ak.ac.at/ecm
e: linfo@schnitt.org

schnittpunkt. exhibition theory & practice (Vienna) is an open, transnational network for active participants as well as those interested in the fields related to exhibitions and the museum. As a non-institutional platform, schnittpunkt presents its members the opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange, information and discourse. schnittpunkt. exhibition theory & practice aims at producing a critically reflective exhibition and museum public. Starting with theoretically well-founded exhibition and museum analyses, schnittpunkt wishes to stimulate reflection on current exhibition practice and to test experimental exhibition forms. We intend to bring about a general awareness of how interpretation and operation patterns in institutions are determined by cultural and social conditions. 

Despite the inclusion of disciplines like ethnology, sociology, art history and conservational science, teaching and scholarly research in Museum Studies have remained a desideratum in the Austrian academic landscape. In contrast to theater, there is no scientific reflection and public critique, which is even more astonishing because both claim to be educational and are subsidized disciplines. schnittpunkt wants to promote academic discourse on museology in teaching and research in order to link scientific analysis with the manifold challenges to museum and exhibition practices. 

Since 2006 the team of schnittpunkt is directing the postgraduate program ecm – educating / curating / managing on exhibition theory and practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Within the project at hand both the participants of the postgraduate program as well as those associated with schnittpunkt will be involved in diverse activities that comprise public lectures, study excursions, workshops etc. – all with a strong emphasis on networking and transnational exchange. The participants will be enabled to actively implement the knowledge gained within the cooperation into concrete joint projects. Our network seeks to strengthen both non-governmental institutional networking and educational exchange on a postgraduate level, thus confronting evident challenges in the still neglected field of exhibition making and museology.

 

Podyplomowe Muzealnicze Studia Kuratorskie w zakresie sztuki najnowszej, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Krakow (Poland)
w: www.studiakuratorskie.studies.uj.edu.pl/
e: studiakuratorskie@uj.edu.pl

Museological Curatorial Studies (from 2007) at the Institute of Art History of the Jagiellonian University (Krakow) were founded in the academic year 2005/2006 on the initiative of Adam Budak, Andrzej Szczerski and Maria Hussakowska. 

Acknowledging the absence in Poland of any specialized training for the various activities related to exhibiting contemporary art, our primary objective was thus to give learners practical experience and mastery of the conceptual and methodological tools pertaining to the organization and reception of the exhibition. 

Curatorial Studies give knowledge that is not included in the programme of university studies and that seems to be more necessary in the changing models of professional career, related to the creation of new art institutions in Poland. The studies are mainly an educational project, leading to original exhibition projects.

 

KURZIV - Platform for Matters of Culture, Media and Society, Zagreb (Croatia)
w: www.kulturpunkt.hr 
e: kurziv.platforma@gmail.com

KURZIV – platform for culture media and society (Zagreb) is an association founded in 2009 by Clubture network and editorial board of the portal Kulturpunkt.hr. During past four years since Kulturpunkt.hr has been public as a part of network Clubture, it became key non-profit media focused on independent and contemporary art and culture and civil society. In order to ensure it's long-term stability, Clubture decided strategic decision to begin the process of spin-off the portal in separate organisation. New organisation was established in 2009 and took over managing portal, while editor in chief and project manager (Dea Vidović) has the role of the president of the association. 

KURZIV is a platform which intervenes in Croatian media space presenting independent and contemporary cultural production, activism of civil society organizations, culture in the wider sense, everyday life, politics, policies and society. By providing informative services as well as journalistic, analytical, critical and theoretic frame, KURZIV observes relations of cultural and artistic practices with the political, social, media, economic and other practices. Logic of these interventions builds media discourse which is based on research, applying new critics and contents with the aim to produce changes in the wider cultural, social, media and political space. 

KURZIV presents its activities in the online and offline space and is structured in the way that changes and reshaping, deepening of all the topics and forms are possible. In this way, KURZIV contributes to creating public sphere as space for discussing public problems, issues current in independent and artistic scene and civil society. Such public space works also as the field which offers and encourages the space for communication, whether it takes place in the media – portal or in the public space in the form of an event.  

Objavio/la antonija [at] kulturpunkt.hr 02.04.2012