Daire Online – Ljubljana / “Skalinada art residency”

Daire Online – Ljubljana
SKALINADA art residency

21 August 2020, 12:00

The online talk and presentation series “Daire Online” continues with the livestream “SKALINADA art residency” as part of the project “Daire Artist-in-Residence Program” coordinated by K2 Contemporary Art Association.

Participants of the activity are Piera Ravnikar (SI), founder of SKALINADA and RAVNIKAR GALLERY SPACE, artist Nevena Aleksovski (SI), who took part at AiR SKALINADA in June 2020 and Lara Plavčak, representative of SCCA – Center for Contemporary Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia). They will among others discuss different types of artist-in-residence programs, difficulties or opportunities non-governmental organizations in the field of visual arts face nowadays, and establishing new spaces and projects from the ground up.

Aysegul Kurtel, the President of K2 Contemporary Art Association will be joining the talk as well, while the talk will be moderated by Recep Tuna, consultant of the project.

The online livestream will be on August 21st, 2020 at 13.00 (GMT+3), on the YouTube channel of K2 Contemporary Art Association: www.youtube.com/K2guncelsanatmerkezi



Photo: Doris Kedžo, Jaka Babnik


SKALINADA (Omišalj, Island Krk, Croatia), founded in July 2017 is an artist-in-residence program that offers a free space to the artist, to live and work. In their own words: In an exchange for their stay, they request for the artists to leave behind a trace of their time at the house. Typically this may come in the form of a site-specific piece that will find a permanent home inside the house. The future for SKALINADA – to house a unique art collection that reflects the various artists-in-residence who have spent time with us, a house curated with contemporary visual art illustrating potent minds, embalmed with the glitter of imagination. After an artist completes the residency programme, they open the house as a gallery so the artist can exhibit and share his or her works for that specified period of time. The artist-in-residence project is part of the European Capital of Culture program Rijeka2020.

Piera Ravnikar (1978) has been active in the field of contemporary visual culture and art in Slovenia and internationally for the last fifteen years. She has had many successful collaborations with artists of various profiles and collective projects in the fields of visual, performative and media arts. In an attempt to achieve broader global and cultural change through the arts, she has collaborated with a number of international organizations and the media. She was proud to be part of the first team of Kino Šiška Center for Urban Culture, where she worked as the artistic director of the visual program for almost ten years, paving the way for one of the newer and stronger cultural currents, which is one of the most vibrant and productive in the Slovenian capital. Among her many high-profile projects is the establishment of the DobraVaga gallery, which quickly became one of the more recognizable spaces for local art and dialogue in Ljubljana. She also participates in projects such as MENT Ljubljana, Independent Platform New York City, SKALINADA art residency and EPK Rijeka2020. She holds an MA in History from the University of London and an EU degree in Cultural Management from the Marcel Hicter Association in Brussels. She is the winner of this year’s Ivana Kobilca award for fine and visual arts (DLUL – Ljubljana Fine Artists Society.).

Nevena Aleksovski (1984) graduated in painting from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 2008 and got her MA in Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana in 2014. She is active in the fields of drawing, painting, illustration, art fanzines and pedagogical work. In 2016, she got first prize at the ZINE VITRINE dvatwozwei competition for her artistic fanzine. She has exhibited independently (Kino Šiška, P74 / Kapsula, House of Culture in Pivka, Art Salon Celje, Ravnikar gallery space, DobraVaga, Layer House Kranj, etc.) and at various group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad (MGLC Ljubljana; Vodnik’s Homestead; Alkatraz Gallery, Celje Center for Contemporary Arts, 36 Mountains Zagreb, ISBN books + gallery, Budapest, Stiege 13, Vienna, etc.) She is the initiator and organizer of several artistic, educational and activist projects (The art festival of recycling and DIY culture Reciklart; Zinkubator; Cut – little school of video activism, etc.). In 2016 she illustrated the book of poetry The Lover of Roland Barthes by the poet Ana Makuc, which was awarded the Veronika Award. In 2020 she was the artist in residence in SKALINADA art residency (Island Krk, Croatia). She is currently living and working in Ljubljana.

“Daire”, aims to build capacities of public institutions and CSOs in Turkey in the field of art by enhancing good cooperation among them in order to provide their involvement in policy-making and decision-making processes. The project is realized with the partnership of NomadMind Association (İzmir), Troya Culture Association (Çanakkale), Hatay Metropolitan Municipality and SCCA – Center for Contemporary Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and supported by the Turkish Republic and the European Union. The project is conducted in 9 cities of Turkey: İzmir, Çanakkale, Hatay, İstanbul, Sinop, Diyarbakır, Mardin, Nevşehir and Mersin.

Within the first period of Daire, which intends to develop new approaches for the artist-in-residency methodology, artist-in-residency programs are practiced in the nine cities. Afterwards, productive processes started between the artists via online and real interactions. To open those processes to sharing, an online experience sharing series is being initiated which involve the participating artists, the consultants and the representatives of the project from the cities which the project is conducted in.