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In September 2023, Asortymentna kimnata та and Contemporary Art Centre (Ivano-Frankivsk) launched Frankivsk School of Contemporary Art as an attempt not only to problematize the lack of the school in the city, but also to offer a solution.

Frankivsk School of Contemporary Art is nominally the school in the classical sense, and was created as a learning community and laboratory. It focuses on thinking and concepts and is guided by participatory formats: individual and collective projects, mentoring, and artistic research.

The program consists of theoretical and practical blocks, covering topics from the history of art to the art market, as well as working on one's own art project. Performance, painting, and video art classes will be taught by artists who professionally practise these mediums.

The project includes the School for teenagers and the School for adults. The first one aims to introduce teenagers (11 to 17 years old) to contemporary art as a method of cognition and as a language. The second one involves those who have already started their artistic practice but need a learning community and mentoring to find their own artistic language and try out different methods.

Both schools will culminate in a graduation exhibition in spring 2024, curated and mounted by school graduates with the support of mentors.

In summer (2024) Frankivsk School of Contemporary Art will launch Contemporary Art Club, which will offer in-depth curatorial tours and meetings on curating and collecting. It may be of interest to those who want to dive deeper into the world of contemporary art as a viewer (or a collector in the future).

Curators and lecturers:

Olga Poliak — curator at the School for teenagers and adults, member of Insha Osvita, curator of the SVAYA self-publishing house, founder of the 20P_ association, teacher of fine arts. Alona Karavai is a curator and teacher at the School for adults, co-founder of Asortymentna kimnata. Rostyslav Koterlin is a lecturer at the School for adults. Invited artists: Orest Zaborskyi, Sergiy Melnychenko, Anatoliy Zvizhynskyi, Yaroslav Futymskyi, Anton Saenko, Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei, Mykola Ridnyi, Natalia Lisova, Olia Mykhailiuk, Vitalii Hrekh, Mariia Agisian.

The School was created in cooperation with Asortymentna kimnata та and Ivano-Frankivsk Contemporary Art Centre and was implemented as part of the What’s Next? project in partnership with organisations from five countries: Fundația Gabriela Tudor (Romania), MitOst (Germany), Musiktheatertage Wien(Austria), proto produkciia (Ukraine), Wrocławski Instytut Kultury (Poland) and  zusa (Germany). Supported by the European Union and funded from the Stabilization Fund for Culture and Education 2023 by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and Goethe-Institut.

Photos by Taras Telishchak and Yuliia Nepyk

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