Sunday, 11 August 2013

Artist Residencies in Georgia

GeoAIR Art Residency

The GeoAIR opened it's residency program in January 2010. This is a self directed residency program, that offers primarily curators and culture producers the opportunity to base themselves in Tbilisi, Georgia and use this location as a starting point to build networks, meet artists, cultural institutions and curators from the Caucasus region, and develop and deepen their knowledge and research of the Caucasus context.
 In return local artists, curators and organizations will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge about the innovative ways that many international curators are working. GeoAIR has designated her residency mainly for curators or cultural producers because it feels that they are most able to affect multiplier effects through exchange and production and are more equipped to use the residency as a platform from which to jump for to instigate future collaborations between the resident and artists and organizations form the Caucasus region.
Residents are expected to make at least one public presentation of their work or related topic for Georgian public.

Residency in the Center Of Contemporary Art - Tbilisi

Artists' residency and exchange program is important addition to the CCAT platform. Short or long term exchange between artists and curators from Tbilisi and other cities has unique aspect of researching and reacting on environment by artistic expression.
 At the moment CCAT works on development of long-term cooperation with other artists exchange networks to create new opportunities meeting and exchanging artists and curators internationally.
The artists' residency room is a 30 sq. meters including bathroom.


Since 2005 the “ARTELI RATCHA” foundation has been successfully organizing and hosting contemporary art workshops in the village of Chkvishi, in the Ratcha region of Georgia.
The aim of the “ARTELI RATCHA” project ‘Artists for Ratcha’ is to plan and organize dialogue, master classes and discussions between Georgian and international artists and a local audience.
Our initiative aims to stimulate the cultural life of the local population. We would like to help our youth get acquainted with contemporary art through interaction and cooperation with professional artists and art critics.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Commercial Galleries in Tbilisi

Gala Gallery

Gala Gallery was established on December 21, 2009 to serve development of contemporary Georgian art. Collection of the gallery contains numerous interesting samples of Georgian paintings of the 20th century. Gala Gallery cooperates with the best representatives of the art scene of the 80ies and 90ies.
Gala Gallery offers the following services:
1. Free consulting;
2. Rental of the gallery space (invitation cards, exposition, posters, leaflets, preparing and dissemination of information);
3. Exterior and interior design.
For exterior design Gala Gallery offers exclusive art objects, which are produced by the Georgian artists.

Location: 27 Atoneli str Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: +995322931418 +995599425414 +995577434060

Gallery "Vanda"

Gallery “Vanda” (former “Hobby Gallery), is one of the first private art galleries in Georgia and it was founded in 1994.It is situated right in the center of the city – Sololaki district, #14 Chonkadze st. Pleasant atmosphere and modern, original interior creates the best environment for artists and art admirers and from the day one, the gallery has enjoyed the high esteem of both
The high level of modern Georgian art deserves recognition both, inside and outside of the country’s borders. Gallery “Vanda” provides the public with relevant information regarding the processes and changes happening in all spheres of Georgian visual art. This is the place where artists of generations old and new meet and share their views and experience and disseminate their work.
The gallery cooperates with the best of Georgian artists, whose work is well known both nationally and internationally.Among its other services, the gallery offers a highly qualified consultation to collectors and art admirers and can help compile a corporate or private collection.

Location: 14 Chonkadze str, Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: 293 42 86 or 5 (99) 56 99 71

Gallery Nectar

The gallery Nectar represents an artistic space for contemporary non-mainstream, regional and outsider art in Tbilisi. The gallery situates on 16 Agmashenebeli Ave in midst of small beauty, wedding shops in one of the oldest quarters of Tbilisi near open art market. The gallery is 55 square meters with window doors.
Performance basement Nectar is a space below the gallery Nectar dedicated to performance art, film screenings and artistic events. The performance art is a term of broader context combining performative artistic initiatives and contemporary folk performances.

Location: 16 Agmashenebeli ave, Tbilisi 0102 Georgia
Phone: +995 32 2950021

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Europe House Georgia

Europe House Georgia is a non-profit, non-governmental organization promoting cultural links between Georgia and Europe through enhancing the presence of European cultural, educational, civic and business institutions in Georgia

Location: 1 Freedom Square , 0105 Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: 995-32-47-03-13

Friday, 19 July 2013

Art Villa Garikula

Garikula is driven by the passion to create an environment where artists can live and work together as a team. During a time of change, the desire to cooperate and establish useful contacts becomes stronger, as it allows one to rethink the role of art and the artist in a new world. 
The artist group involved in Garikula shares a dream: to create in Akhalkalaki a self-sustainingly functioning infrastructure of contemporary art, an art village gathering the people of fine arts and passions to create a universal instrument of understanding, democracy, and balance through elegance. Everyone who believes in the power of art to shape the time in which we live is invited to participate: meetings, workshops and festivals of art gain international scope; the residency project invites people to witness Georgian esthetics of gardening and agriculture, environment history, and art. Garikula plays its role as the regional base where people of art, culture and science can meet each-other and stay in residence.

Location: kavsadze 4, 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Culture Research and Coordination Centre

Culture Research and Coordination Center (CRC) is a non-governmental organization. It is an interdisciplinary union of Researchers, Historians and Managers. The mission of the center is to research urgent issues that are still as gaps in the field of culture in Georgia and to organize projects and exhibitions for educational reasons. To encourage cultural dialogue between European and Georgian artists and also discover successful Georgian artists quite famous in Europe but not yet discovered by Georgian society. Center works to three directions:
•Discussions on Cultural Policy and strategy. 
•Projects and exhibitions for development Contemporary Art and cultural dialogue. 
•Research projects - publications and seminars. 
Recent successful projects were series of discussions: Rehabilitation strategy of Cultural Heritage in Georgia; Time and environment in Contemporary Art; PR and modern culture - tendencies and problems. held at the Academy of Fine Arts and at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia and related thematic exhibitions.

Location: Tbilisi. 5 M. Tamarashvili st. 0162. Georgia  
Phone: +995 555 54 14 75

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Urban Reactor

Urban Reactor is an organization dedicated to improving social and spatial conditions of communities. Currently it is busy with building up "The Library for the built environment studies" which is conceived as an active platform for research, debate and education. among the activities of the library are: selecting and accumulating relevant literature, providing public with translations of key texts important in current Georgian context, organizing reading groups and round table discussions around translated texts, networking of the people active in architecture, planning and activism.

Urban Reactor Library is created as a platform for research, debate and education. The library consists of the broad range of literature on issues such as architecture, urbanism, contemporaryart, critical theory, sociology, human geography,history etc.
In contrast to the traditional libraries,Urban Reactor library prefers not to stay as a passivecontainer of the information and work towards transmitting ideas that, in its view, are capable to bring the positive changes in our society.

Recently Urban Reactor reported about the work done in the library. Below you can see the graphic version of the report.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Governmental Institutions: "Tbilisi State Academy of Arts", "Ministry Of Culture And Monument Protection Of Georgia" and "The Georgian contemporary art portal"

Tbilisi State Academy of Arts

Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (TSAA) is the oldest and largest art academy in Caucasus. Each
year more than 1000 students are enrolled in BA, MA and PhD programs.
The TSAA prepares students to become self-aware artists who make a meaningful contribution to society with their innovative passion, experimental attitude and profundity.
The TSAA offers and conducts the programs, where the starting point is close cooperation between practice and art theory at all levels ofeducation. Academic teaching includes theoretical-practical research activities, related to the specialties of fine and visual arts, architecture, art history and restoration, design, audiovisual representation and digital media.Contact information:
Location: 22, Griboyedov st. 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: (+995 32) 293 68 89

Ministry Of Culture And Monument Protection Of Georgia

is a governmental agency within the Cabinet of Georgia in charge of regulating activities related to preservation of Georgian culture and its cultural monuments. The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia

The ministry is headed by the minister aided by the first deputy minister in charge of Cultural Heritage Strategy, Organizations Coordination and Permissions, and International Programs and Georgian Culture Popularization departments; and three deputies in charge of Administrative, Events and Regional Coordination and Legal departments.[5] Parliament exercises control over the ministry's activities. The budget of the ministry in 2010 was GEL 54,977,500 roughly equal to 21,991,000.

Location: Adress: Georgia, Tbilisi 0105, Sanapiro Street 4
Phone: (+995 32) 2999966, 2932255 Hotline: 1406

The Georgian contemporary art portal

The Georgian contemporary art portal 
 Art.Gov.Ge is the first systematic digital database of Georgian modern and contemporary artists. The main objective of the project is the promotion of Georgian art and artists at the local, regional and international levels. Through this web portal, information about Georgian art will be available for students, artists, professionals and art lovers all over the world. Art.Gov.Ge provides one convenient location where visitors can find information about Georgian artists, art institutions, galleries, exhibition spaces and current events. This website is frequently updated as new artists are added. Under the category of "Artist", you will find the artist's contact information, a description of their work, and in most cases, a thumbnail photo of a sample of their work and a link to the artist's website. The project was initiated and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia in the framework of their ”Modern Fine Arts Development Program”. The partner of the project is Georgian National Museum.

Project coordinators:
Tamar Lordkipanidze / Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia
Nino Gedevanshvili / Georgian National Museum
Art historians:
Lana Karaia / Georgian National Museum
Maka Bezhuashvili / Georgian National Museum