Management of independent art and culture centers – workshop


Zpace: Management of cultural project – open call for a workshop Management of independent art and culture centers

Oberliht Association in collaboration with Warsztaty Kultury in Lublin, Brush Factory in Cluj and Stanica in Zilina invite you between 10-11 of June 2014, to take part in the workshop Management of independent art and culture centers.
The workshop is dedicated to people who are interested and eager to learn about programming, audience development, fundraising, personnel management.

Goal of the workshop: Management of independent art and culture centers

The workshops will be held by Corina Bucea (România) and Dusan Dobias and Katarina Gatialova (Slovakia).

The workshop Fail better held by Corina Bucea will facilitate a process of critical thinking and analyzing failure as essentially inherent in our work (and life – their borders sometimes being so slim and fragile) and will engage participants in reflecting on their own experience and building new perspectives through the filter of this basic reality. Rather than focus on skills and abilities that can be transmitted or taught, or pursue the well-known x-steps-to-success philosophy, we will try to focus on an approach that follows a flow of learning based on sharing, self-reflection, and analysis that could facilitate a process of understanding and eventually improving the work of cultural workers or artists. The second topic we will approach is the soft part of cultural work.

The workshop From Underground to Institution and Back held by Dusan Dobias and Katarina Gatialova – cultural workers from Stanica, Slovakia (TEH member), will introduce basic principles and methods of management of cultural centres. The main issues will be programming, audience development, fundraising, personnel management – in both hard circumstances where lot of improvisation is needed but also in developed centres with existing background.
Rich experience in the field of workshop leaders will serve as a starting point for orientation of participants in the problematics and developing of their real or virtual projects. Special emphasis will be put on work with socio-cultural context and sustainability of the centers.

The DIY Guide – Creating a Cultural Centre

Day I
Introductory presentation of Stanica as an example of successful cultural centre, comparison to other possible cultural models
– Introduction of workshop participants, proposal for their real or virtual projects to be developed during the workshop
– Description of basic principles in cultural management
Day II
-Working with individual workshop participants on developing their own projects, end of the day – small presentations of each project, selection of 2-3 best projects
– Working either in groups or together (depending on number of participants) on selected projects and developing them together with project leaders into a final product/presentation

For whom
Individual and small teams of 2-3 persons, active in culture or from initiatives or NGOs working the field of culture, art, cultural education and city development through culture interested in getting knowledge and skills how could improve management from independent cultural centers.

Participation in this workshop is based on a CV and a letter of motivation and interest in the topic of the workshop. Participants to be open to new challenges.

Workshop will be in English with Romanian translation.

Participation in the workshop is free.

Schedule / Working hours

10 June -10:00-17:00
11 June -10:00-17:00

Zpace, (Casa Zemstvei Guberniale), str. Al. Sciusev 103, Chisinau

To take parts in the workshop please send a CV and a letter of motivation in which to conceive how this workshop could help you in the management of cultural centers. Letters of motivation accompanied by a short CV with contact (phone/email) to be sent to:,

Deadline: June 7, 2014

Acest eveniment este organizat în cadrul proiectului SPACES al Uniunii Europene. Proiectul SPACES este finanțat de Uniunea Europeană prin Programul Cultural al Parteneriatului Estic. Adițional proiectul este sprijinit de Warsztaty Kultury din Lublin, Fabrica de Pensule din Cluj și Stanica din Zilina drept parte a Platformei Natasa.

Proiectul SPACES (Zone Publice Durabile pentru Cultură în Țările din Est) adună la un loc artiști și lucrători din domeniul culturii din patru țări ale Parteneriatului Estic, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ucraina, care se preocupă de reprezentarea unor subiecte sociale specifice pentru spațiile publice din orașele lor. Proiectul mai are drept scop fortificarea scenei independente de artă și cultură din aceste țări.

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This event is organized in the frame of the EU project SPACES. The SPACES project is financed by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme. Additionally, it receives support from Warsztaty Kultury in Lublin, Brush Factory in Cluj and Stanica in Zilina under Natasa Platform.

SPACES (Sustainable Public Areas for Culture in Eastern Countries) project assembles artists and cultural workers in four Eastern partner countries, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, who aim at reflecting societal issues in the public realm of their city. It also aims at strengthening the independent art and culture scene.




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