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talk via Zoom - register until 03 July 2020

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“Art Space Connect” is a 2020 collaboration of Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK), GeoAIR (Tbilisi) and Centrala Berlin with a focus on independent art initiatives and artist-run spaces in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.


Opening Talk of Art Space Connect on 04 July 2020 at 11.30h CET (digital via Zoom)

Please register until 03.07.2020 noon (CET) under This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - We will then send you the necessary information for participation on Saturday morning.

Tinatin Gurgenidze (Tbilisi Architecture Biennal) and Dr Marika Kuźmicz (Arton Foundation) in a conversation moderated by Sophia Tabatadze and followed by Q & A: Report on cooperation strategies of independent art initiatives and artist-run spaces and on their current reactions to the COVID19-crisis, an example of Georgia and Poland: What is the future of (a different kind of) digital audience development and mobility?

Opening by Marcel Noack (board of IGBK)

The talk will be in English and take place alongside the IGBK annual delegates meeting - You are warmly invited to join us!


As cooperation partners, we strengthen the exchange amongst civically engaged artists, curators and an interested audience asking:

  • What is the specific profile of independent art initiatives and artist-run spaces and how do they develop and reach their audience?
  • What is the status quo of international exchange amongst those initiatives? Which structures are relevant and how does international cooperation help?
  • What are the regional perspectives and political frameworks to consider?
  • What will mobility come down to in the aftermath of the COVID19-crisis, which new ways of digital and regional audience development will remain?
  • How do we find creative and alternative ways to support and finance independent art initiatives and artist run spaces in these countries and the international exchange amongst them? What are the new tools and solutions for support?

September/ October 2020

Further debates, register for the IGBK Newsletter for further updates


November 2020

On 6 and 7 November 2020 we aim to assemble a final conference on-location in Berlin and at the same time also digitally. We plan to invite funders and selected actors of the non-cultural sector and will draft a recommendation paper on creative and alternative ways to support artists initiatives and project spaces and their exchange.


IGBK was founded in 1957 as the German National Committee of the International Association of Art (IAA), an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO. IGBK unites Germany's three most important artist associations (BBK, Deutscher Künstlerbund and GEDOK) and represents more than 14,000 visual artists in Germany. It engages in European networks such as Culture Action Europe and On The Move and advises artists on questions of international mobility. Furthermore, IGBK organizes symposia on the international conditions and perspectives of contemporary art. Marcel Noack (BBK) and Moira Zoitl (Deutscher Künstlerbund) from IGBK are the projects leads for “Art Space Connect”.

GeoAIR was founded in 2003 in Tbilisi/ Georgia by Sophia Tabatadze (director). It organizes and supports international exchange projects by bringing together artists/curators from different cultural backgrounds and finding relevant contexts for them to work in. GeoAIR has three interconnected directions: collaborative cultural projects, self-directed residency program, and Archidrome – Contemporary Art Archive. GeoAIR constantly develops its activities to be more research-based, inclusive and engaged in the specificity of the given environment. In its interdisciplinary curatorial projects priority is given to socially engaged projects in which, through close collaboration of local artists, audiences and communities, they share experiences and ideas.

Centrala Berlin is a new association for Central and Eastern European art based in Berlin established as branch of Centrala in Birmingham (UK). Set up in 2014, Centrala Birmingham has gone onto establish itself as a nationally and internationally recognized centre for Central and Eastern European art and artists. Centrala is a powerful advocate for social integration, bringing together diverse audiences to share, explore, debate and connect with high-quality art and events. Berenika Partum, Alicja Kaczmarek and Agata Lisiak are co-founders and directors of Centrala Berlin.