The project is supported by Austrian federal chancellery, Austrian Cultural Forum in Belgrade, EU Delegation to Serbia, Embassy of Israel in Serbia, Swiss Embassy in Serbia, Goethe Institute in Belrgade, Swedish Embassy in Serbia, Italian Institute in Serbia, Hungarian Cultural Center in Belgrade, Slovenian Embassy in Serbia and Serbia Creates.
Outputs expected of AWB are improved visibility and accessibility of Serbian artists in international art and arts-related business, enhanced capacities of Serbian curators and arts-related professionals and improved access of international art dealers and collectors to the Serbian contemporary art market and arts-related business.
Activities foreseen by AWB include the organization of promo exhibitions of Serbian artists and curators, organization of exchange of experience and knowledge among Serbian and international arts-related professionals through conference and workshops, organization of social events and special performing programs to create opportunities for encounters and communication.
The AWB program will consist of the following:
– Exhibition program implemented by more than 20 Belgrade based galleries
– Artists’ studio visits
– Curatorial/artists talks
– Conference program
This year Austrian practices will be in Focus – Because of its direct geographical, historical and cultural closeness to Serbia and the former Yugoslav region, Austria will be one of the countries in focus for this year’s pilot edition of the program.
For that purpose, we have invited a number of Viennese based cultural operators in the field of contemporary art to take part in the conference program and think-thank meetings and share with Serbian audience their professional practices and experiences and also engage into an in-depth exploration of the AWB program.
Furthermore, by presenting the Austrian best practices and cultural policies mechanisms in support of the art market development, we would like to engage Serbian decision-makers and local key players from the mentioned field to rethink their own capacities and get inspired for the future steps of establishing and strengthening the art market in Serbia.
AWB is realized by the Belgrade based organization Cultural Front, established in 2000, which successfully runs the independent Cultural centre GRAD for the past 9 years, in cooperation with Viennese based organization BLOCKFREI, that has been established in 2013, which, among others, promotes contemporary art production from ex-Yugoslav region on Austrian contemporary art scene and vice versa.
More information will soon be available on www.awb.rs