About GuestRoomMaribor

GuestRoomMaribor - Artist in Residence Platform



Maribor - the city of industrial culture Maribor is the second biggest town in Slovenia, in last 5-6 decades known for its industry and industrial culture, renowned technical faculties, textile industry and wine. There is an active art scene in the city, multimedia, music, performing, visual, which can compare to the Europe finest and has also gained its international acknowledgment. Somehow it seems the specific industrial cultural context of the city does allow and encourage innovative art forms: Son:Da, Carmina Slovenica Choir, MFRU, Puppet Theatre of Maribor, Festival Nagib, Tomaž Pandur, etc.



The project is part of the GuestRoomMaribor, coproduction of Pekarna magdalenske mreže and Narodni dom Maribor. Partners are: Municipality of Maribor, Ministry of Culture, HIŠA! society for people and places and other Maribor cultural producers.


Our aims are:
- Opening Maribor for foreign guest artists
- Initiating long lasting connections of the art scene of Maribor with the international art scene
- Establishing Maribor as a city of research, incubator of new ideas

For the first two years, the topic of the residency program is Maribor, its culture and its identity. Therefore the aim of every residency is also presentation of the work - production, work in progress, installation, action, that rethinks and reacts on Maribor situation: industrial - post-industrial, rural - urban, socialistic - post-capitalistic, intimate - political, private - public space, hidden - visible, innovation - rigidity.


Invited are:
• artists from all art-contexts: performing, music, visual, multimedia, puppet, street-theatre, dance literature
• artists, that are open for collaboration with the local scene


Our demand:
• Collaborating with Maribor art institutions
• Exhibition/showing of Maribor oriented production - work in progress
• Production attendance


The participants are going to be chosen via Open Calls by a jury of renown Maribor artists or art producers concidering the following criteria:
- coherence with the theme and city,
- originality of the content,
- degree of feasibility,
- communicativeness,
- possibility of integration with Maribor art scene.