We are glad and proud to have seen a permanent team develop in the last twenty years. More than dozen thinkers, curators, artists and writers have offered their contributions, usually prepared especially for World of Art (WoA). Numerous lecturers, workshop tutors and writers return with their contributions year after year. This long-term and continuous collaboration allows for more thorough work; through a better understanding of our various practices and art scenes and by perfecting their own knowledge, their workshops are becoming increasingly better suited to the specific context of our programme.
We have established various levels of co-operation, favouring long-term individual collaborations, while remaining open to new initiatives, as well as connecting and working with local and international public institutions and non-governmental organisations. This is by no means a matter of need, even though many events are indeed held elsewhere, as their specific nature (exhibition projects) or size demands a different, especially bigger space than our Project Room. It is, however, largely a matter of connecting content and people, either similar or different, but either way complementary. Thus, through our activities WofA is becoming a platform for exchanging and generating knowledge.
We should also mention our role in the establishment of the Armenian summer curatorial school, with which we have – ever since its inception in 2006 until today – developed various collaborations (from the suggestions in the planning of the program to the selection of participants).
In collaboration with the editors of the Art Words magazine we set up the World of Art permanent section which since then presents texts contributed by our students and written during the Seminar of Writing.
YEAR 16 (2017/18)
A part of our Studio 6 programme we prepared the exhibition Somethin’s Written (2 March – 2 April 2017, Vodnikova domačija Gallery) in cooperation with Divja misel institute.
The exhibitions of World of Art are prepared in cooperation with Škuc Gallery. This year, we curated the exhibition re- (9 – 26 of May 2017, Škuc Gallery) to mark the 20th anniversary of the School of Curatorial Practice and Critical Writing.
In the year 16, we continue our collaboration with the Art Words magazine.
The World of Art is also a partner of the international project The World around Us – Critical Views in the Region, which focuses on the state of criticism in (contemporary) art. The project is run by the non-governmental organisation Kurziv, Platform for Matters of Culture, Media and Society (Zagreb), in cooperation with Kulturtreger (Zagreb), SEECult.org (Belgrade), Kontrapunkt (Skopje) and SCCA-Ljubljana. These partner organisations that are active in the field of education in culture (critics, curators, journalists, editors) and work as support organizations for improving production conditions and promoting culture, have already collaborated on several occasions, in particular on the role of criticism and critical writing in society, critical evaluation of artistic production and education of young authors in the field of criticism.
YEAR 15 (2014/2016)
Series of public lectures and workshops entitled Reflections and Premises in Contemporary Art, Art Theory and Art History are prepared in collaboration with Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory.
The exhibition of the school is prepared in cooperation with Škuc Gallery (opening in December 2014 and May 2015).
In 2015 we are preparing the project Curating-In-Depth with the two partner organizations Planting Rice from the Philippines and Kurziv from Croatia. The project is one of the three international projects, which received the support of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).
Saša Nabergoj, head of the World of art is a guest lecturer at the University of Nova Gorica School of Arts in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016: in the frame of the project Patterns Lectures together with dr. Petja Grafenauer lecturing the course entitled DIWO Art Systems: Corrections of the Dominant yet Deficient System and Narrative of Visual Art in Slovenia from 1960 to 2000.
In June 2015, we have prepared an overview of the Ljubljana’s art scene for the first year graduate program students of the Bard Centre for Curatorial Studies, New York, led by the graduate program director Paul O’Neill.
YEAR 14 (2011/2013)
During the last two years, the fundamental characteristic of the World of Art has been its increasingly intensive involvement in the international art world. The school has of course been internationally oriented from the very start, having included numerous international lecturers and workshop mentors, and often also students from neighbouring countries. However, since 2010, we have managed to deepen previously sporadic or short-term collaborations, and through several years of co-operation, connect with similar and complementary European programmes. Together with Vienna, Krakow and Zürich postgraduate curatorial studies and Zagreb school for curators, we have thus established several parallel and intersecting platforms, enabling an in-depth exchange of knowledge on theoretical and practical education within the field of contemporary art. We have shared useful experience, (co)influenced programme development, and most importantly, connected different protagonists from the art world. This co-operation is also a matter of exchanging and becoming familiar with art practices relevant to individual contexts, and so ‘our’ lecturers visited Krakow, Zürich, Zagreb and Vienna, while we hosted visitors from Croatia, Switzerland, Poland and Austria. Equally important results of this co-operation are the connections and knowledge gained by course members/students (future curators and critics) who participated in our carefully prepared study excursions, where they were introduced to the art scene of individual cities. We helped them learn about good artistic practices, aroused their critical and analytical awareness with questionable approaches and connected them with their future colleagues – the curators and critics of upcoming generations.
World of Art launched a new collaboration titled Towards a Collaboration in August 2012. Partners are Master Fine Art of the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost (AKV/ St. Joost), featuring Second level study programme Art History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (participating in Scene Overview part).
Series of public lectures entitled Reflections and shifts in curatorial, critical and artistic practices are prepared in collaboration with Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory.
September 2010–June 2012
World of Art. Models of training and collaboration in contemporary arts is a partnership focused on vocational training of Curatorial Studies, Art Critical Studies, Museum Studies, and Art Journalism. The partnership intends to examine the best practices of vocational training strategies, methods and curriculum, developed by the partners.
The partnership, based on long-term educational experiences of all partners, is developing a vocational program for curators, critics and art journalists of contemporary arts. The vocational program consists of different activities (writing skills, production of exhibitions, critical readings, workshops, lectures, and study excursions) and ends with acquiring the certificate, which helps the learners to start operating in the art world. The learners will gain a specific, mostly practical knowledge for operating as curators, critics and art journalists of contemporary arts.
Furthermore the partnership will search for alternative models of art education, it will develop a joint curriculum and vocational reader and it will enhance cooperation and networking between cultural institutions in four countries that share similar experiences regarding their status within the international art market and the state of art education. It will build the space for long-term collaboration on both institutional levels (partners’ organizations and their staff) and individual levels (learners, lecturers and tutors).
- ECM (Postgraduate educating, curating and managing studies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna)
- University Jagiellonski Krakov (Postgraduate museological curatorial studies)
- KURZIV – platform for culture, media and society Zagreb; their website Kulturpunkt.hr publishes news about our cooperation, their web portal Kulturpunkt.hr is at the same time the official portal of the Leonardo Mobility project.
The project is funded by the European Lifelong Learning Programme (Leonardo da Vinci partnership).
ATOM2, A je TO! uMetnost, phAntom TO Mindset
January 2011–June 2012
ATOM2 project focuses on training future curators, cultural critics and journalists, the organization of their interaction, to exchange their best practices and experiences and to publishing their work. It offers a methodology, curriculum modules and support for future curators, cultural critics and journalists on reflecting on contemporary art so that it would no longer be a misunderstood phantom, but it would become commonplace in the mindset of the general public.
With partners from Switzerland and associated partners from Slovenia we will investigate, record, analyze and evaluate the curatorial and critical practices in both places, which will affect the development of necessary mechanisms of the art world.
The project includes the exchange of lecturers, study excursions, anthology Dilemmas of Curatorial Practices, special edition of internet magazine On-Curating and preparation of the exhibition Print! in International Centre of Graphic Arts Ljubljana.
Supported by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.
Lectures “Art of XX. Century. Chapters. “, prepared by Saša Nabergoj and Rebeka Vidrih, are created in cooperation with the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Arts and SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana.
In the context of the research and curatorial project Metka, whose purpose is to explore the history of the Metelkova City visual scene as well as the current visual productions, we collaborate with Alkatraz Gallery. For the 19th anniversary of the ACC Metelkova City we prepared A Mid-Stop – Overview of visual art scene in ACC Metelkova City (exhibitions, talks, workshops, open studios, interventions, screenings, performance), 6th–25th of September 2012.
The final exhibition of the school is prepared in cooperation with Škuc Gallery.
World od Art is present on Videolectures.net web portal, where video documents of lectures about curatorial practices of contemporary art are published.
ECM, Postgraduate educating, curating and managing studies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna – within the framework of Leonardo Mobility project (September 2010-June 2012).
With the project ATOM2, A je TO! uMetnost, phAntom TO Mindset we have collaborated with the Postgraduate Curatorial studies of Institute Cultural Studies in the Arts at the University of Arts in Zürich (January 2011-June 2012).
SCCA programs and World of Art at the Symposium on curatorial programs
4th Summer Seminar For Contemporary Art Curators, Yerevan, Armenia
International Summer School 2008
The years-long engagement of SCCA–Ljubljana in the field of education in contemporary art has brought about the collaboration with NAAC, The National Association of Art Critics. In 2006, they have prepared the first Summer School for Contemporary Art Curators. The school is going to run on a yearly basis. The Association has conceived its further development in collaboration with regional partners who systematically and on long-term basis build a platform for stimulating and understanding contemporary curatorial practices and critique. Thus SCCA-Ljubljana collaborates with the Soros Contemporary Art Centre from Almaty (Kazakhstan) and the Istanbul BM Contemporary Art Centre on preparing the curriculum of the new school in the region.
- World of Art participated at Summer School for Curators of Contemporary Art in Yerevan
- World of Art and SCCA-Ljubljana video programmes at Summer School for Curators of Contemporary Art in Yerevan
- Final selection for Summer Seminars for Art Curators
- Call for applications
The years-long engagement of SCCA -Ljubljana in the field of education in contemporary art has brought about the collaboration with NAAC, The National Association of Art Critics. In 2006, they have prepared the first Summer School for Contemporary Art Curators. The school is going to run on a yearly basis. The Association has conceived its further development in collaboration with regional partners who systematically and on long-term basis build a platform for stimulating and understanding contemporary curatorial practices and critique. Thus SCCA-Ljubljana collaborates with the Soros Contemporary Art Centre from Almaty (Kazakhstan) and the Istanbul BM Contemporary Art Centre on preparing the curriculum of the new school in the region.
Together with Motorenhalle Project Centre from Dresden, SCCA -Ljubljana has established a residential programme for curators that will be launched in mid-summer of 2007. In the frame of their several-month stay in Dresden, selected curators will be acquainted with the art scene and will prepare one or several events (exhibition, discussion…) in Motorenhalle.
Curatorial Translation (Between Exposition and Mediation), September 24-30, 2007, Skopje, Macedonia
2nd Summer Seminars for Art Curators came to an end (Between Exposition and Mediation), July 23-August 7, 2007, Yerevan, Armenia
Final selection for Summer Seminars for Art Curators: Between Exposition and Mediation
- Jasna Jakšić (MSU Belgrade)
- Eugen Borkovsky (Fontikus Gallery)
- WHW (Zagreb)
- WHW (Zagreb)
- Schnittpunkt, Vienna
- WHW (Zagreb)
- Schnittpunkt, Vienna
- Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Vienna
- Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Vienna
- Stefan Batory Foundation Poland
- Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Vienna