Art Center Prosenjakovci


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Zavod Art Središče
Središče 47, SI-9207 Prosenjakovci-Pártosfalva
Phone386 (0) 2 544 9108
Fax386 (0) 2 544 9109
Managed byArt center - Institution for development and art
Zdravko Pravdič - Pec, Programme Head
Phone386 (0) 31 250 378
Vita Žgur, Programme Coordinator
Phone386 (0) 31 250 378

Art Center Prosenjakovci (Art Središče) is the first purpose-built art residency centre in Slovenia, and is set within a former frontier guard's building on the Slovenia-Hungary border at Goričko, close to the town Središče (hence the name, as 'središče' can be translated as 'centre') in the eastern Pomurje region.

This multifunctional building houses artist's studios equipped with facilities for drawing, painting, woodcarving, and sculpting in stone and metalwork. An art foundry for casting into sand, cast moulds and ceramics is also available, as well as a library, a multimedia room, and a permaculture garden. The resulting art works can be exhibited temporarily in the dining room or in the studios themselves, and possibly in other art venues of the region. Aside from the artists, Art Center is also frequently hosting volunteers, and is a part of the Workaway world network and the EVS (European Voluntary Service) programme.


Its establishment as a non-profit NGO for culture, art and development in 2000 was the result of a successfully-implemented TEMPUS PHARE Cross-Border Co-operation project to create an intra-regional cultural artistic centre on the border between Slovenia and Hungary.

With spring 2007, the Art Centre has been closed due to a local government decision. Several protests have been lodged, and in the meanwhile the Art Središče Institute and its crew were operating the Asylum Studio at Metelkova mesto Autonomous Cultural Centre in collaboration with the KUD Mreža Arts and Culture Association. After several public campaigns and with the involvement of the Ministry of Culture (which then became the owner of the premises), the crew managed to move back in April 2008.


In the past, Art Center hosted events like Metamorphosis'04 - International student sculpting festival, a couple of ten days workshops on video/documentary skills, held by the Slovene director Bogdan Mrovlje, an Open Code Workshop, and many other international artistic meetings, workshops and exhibitions. Some of the artists-in-residence were Hellen Terry (UK), the Swiss actor Dominique Jann, Alexandra Filiatreaux (FR), Evelin Stermitz (AT) and Mariëtte van Duin (NL).

A big part of the Art Center Prosenjakovci programme is their focus on ecology, on ecological farming, and other topics along this vein.

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