Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia)
Federal state cultural institution, special structural subdivision of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow) www.ncca.ru
Baltic Branch of NCCA is the only institution in the Kaliningrad region working directly in the field of contemporary art. Its aim is to implement the state cultural policy on contemporary art through exhibition, collecting, information, education and research activities both in Russia and abroad.
The Baltic branch puts a special emphasis on the unique strategies practiced by artists and curators, their manifestation and promotion within contemporary society; it also enables the audience to familiarize itself with the contemporary artistic process.
Municipal public cultural institution Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland)
The Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art was one of the first public cultural institutions established in Poland after the transformations of 1989. It began as an initiative by local independent artists opposed to traditional models of art. Their only chance to realize their projects was to create their own art space – one free from censorship, prejudices, stereotypes and inhibitions. An old and dilapidated former public bathhouse on Jaskółcza street first opened in 1908, turned out to be an ideal space for showing art. In response to a grassroots initiative by artists, in 1998 the Gdańsk City Council designated it a municipal cultural institution: the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art.
The Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art is guided by its mission of showing and promoting contemporary art as a means of expressing universal values, and an element of world cultural heritage. The centre does so by showing the latest developments in contemporary art, showing the process of change that art is undergoing, engaging cultural and social phenomena taking place around the world, and educating the public about these issues by organising of exhibitions, artistic exchanges, innovative educational programmes, academic conferences, lectures, concerts and film screenings.
Municipal public cultural institution Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Klaipeda, Lithuania)
The mission of Klaipeda Culture Communication Center is to present the points at issue, tendencies, and process of creation of art to the society with the help of contemporary art forms and means. To develop and induce the relationship between the artist and the recipient of his art work with the help of up-to-date information methods and artistic forms, help the artists of the city integrating into the national and international context, reduce social exclusion between the creators of different art regions and the end-users of culture.
Klaipeda Culture Communication Center (hereinafter referred to as KCCC) was founded in 2005. The creative structure of one of the biggest art centers in Lithuania today comprises the Exhibition Hall, International Art Residence and Studio, the Culture Portal www.kulturpolis.lt.