|Glavni trg 22, SI-2000 Maribor|
|Phone||386 (0) 31 761 914|
The venue, led by the Institute Foundation Sonda, operates in collaboration with a number of various Maribor-based cultural producers and is under the patronage of the Oset-Puppis family, who have allowed the use of the premises free of charge.
GT22 is spaced throughout an early 20th-century house located in the city centre of Maribor. While its first owner, a wealthy merchant, charged his heirs to foster arts and culture in it, the house has a slightly more varied history. It has been a night club, a museum, and – back in the 1980s – a theatre space used by , it has also functioned as a factory space, a clothing store, and a warehouse.
In 2012, after the house was not used for some time, its owners offered it for the purposes of Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012 (ECoC) programme. At that time, it was also noticed by of the Son:DA art tandem, who proposed to the people at ECoC to use this house as an exhibition venue for a collaboration between his Transnational Guerilla Art School and the Graz gallery < rotor >.
After 2012, the house was offered free of charge to the Institute Foundation Sonda, who now run it under the name GT22 (the name comes from its address, Glavni trg 22).
Capacity and activities
Having some more than a 1000 square meters at its disposal, GT22 integrates a wide variety of activities. Currently, its spaces are occupied by a net radio in the becoming (Yourupradio), a skatepark, an experimental theatre group, practice rooms for a couple of local bands, a photography museum (exhibiting a part of the legacy of the local photographer CGU Printmaking Art Centre, a place for writers' residencies, and a cinema, operated by a crew that works on developing the regional movie culture. And, also, by a few more., which consists of more than 10,000 exhibit pieces), a hack-lab (Post-Art-Lab-Maribor), a gallery (blackBOX), the
A basement of the building, an ex-nightclub, was transformed into the so-called Intimate Stage, a small theatre space of intimate character featuring the programme by the Moment Arts and Culture Association.
Some of the institutions or organisations collaborating in the aforementioned projects are the I.D.I.O.T Group, Kino Udarnik Maribor, , KIBLA Multimedia Centre, , , Hest Gallery, Maribor, . GT22 is also actively connecting with other institutions and initiatives from outside Maribor, researching the setting up of new frames for education and production of arts and culture.
Among the particular projects that have taken place at GT22, notable is the collaboration with the Art Stays, International Festival of Contemporary Art. Called MADE IN GT22, it is a group photo exhibition that consists of different photographers who have exhibited in the GT22. Amongst the earlier projects, were also workshops on various aspects of street art, on clothing design, and on the various tactics of contemporary art.
- Intimate Stage, GT22
- Moment Arts and Culture Association
- CGU Printmaking Art Centre
- Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012
- GT22 website
- GT22 Podcasts
- GT22 LabPoligon on FB
- Transnational Guerilla Art School website
- About the Made in GT22 project
- An article on GT22 (in Slovenian)
- Youreupradio website