CELEIA CELJE - The Centre for Contemporary Art is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 with the main mission to initiate, develop and promote contemporary visual arts in the local, regional and international context, as well as to re-articulate and re-contextualize the heritage of local artistic practices that form the foundations of the Centre’s activity.

As it is situated merely an hour from the capital city of Ljubljana, and is one of the most representative institutions for the production and display of contemporary visual arts in Slovenia, the Centre represents a creative hub devoted to arts, culture and theory, and is experienced in the specific conditions of the current social, political, and economic situation. Under the auspices of the City Council of Celje and its Cultural Department, the Centre has been actively engaged in the project-based cultural programming in cooperation with partners across the region and beyond.

The Centre for Contemporary Art Celje consists of three exhibition venues in the downtown Celje area: Gallery of Contemporary Art (since 1993), Likovni salon (Likovni Salon Gallery, since 1963), and Galerija Racka (Racka Gallery, since 2006). One of the Centre’s activities is its AIR CELEIA programme initiated in 2005. The AIR programme emerged as a result of the need for a more active flow of people and ideas in the field of culture and art in Celje. The programme is conceived in a way that encourages artists in residence to create ties and actively participate in the local community, as well as enable local artists to work in a foreign environment. This provides them with new contacts and new models of production and presentation. The residency programme is based on mobility, inter-disciplinarity, participation, and builds a dialogue and cooperation between artists as well as between art and the broader community. It is based on the contemporary models of artist residencies that are no longer isolated artist communes but dynamic and linking forms of creativity within an urban environment.

The main idea of AIR CELEIA is to connect the artists and the city in a new, unexpected way and provide a situation in which professionals from different fields of city development (urban planning, tourism, architecture, leisure activities, social programmes, technological park projects) – who do usually not work with artists (and vice versa) - experience a fundamental change in their mindset and working practice (as a result of the project). It is our presumption that contemporary visual art carries all the characteristics of an extended definition of cultural resources that has been coming into general use over the last few years (for instance the “cultural planning” concept ). Contemporary art is interdisciplinary, hybrid, holistic, integrated, innovative, provocative, participatory, investigative, and ecologically aware and engaged; it deals with the lives of ordinary people, political conflicts, global warming, social inequalities or intercultural dialogue.

As such, it could be an ideal mediator in linking various sectors, a connection between the different fields of human performance. However, because it remains trapped in the distribution channels of the art system, communication between contemporary art and other cultural sectors remained on the level of a traditional relationship between art and society.

Resident artists receive an opportunity to present their work publicly at the CCA CELEIA as lectures, projections, public discussions, exhibitions and performances. They are also encouraged to realise their work in the public spaces of Celje and its sourounding .

The selection process is both by invitation and application. 


The Center for Contemporary Arts is publishing an open call for collaboration in the AIR Celeia 2013 program, which will enable the selected curator to carry out an in-depth research of the visual art produced in Slovenia and to prepare a curatorial project that will be realized in the Center for Contemporary Arts in 2014/2015.

The AIR CELEIA program is conceived on the basis of a reciprocal model that enables the residential artist / curator to become acquainted with, get in contact with, exchange experiences with and get involved in the local artistic community, offering at the same time local artists the possibility of establishing new connections and forms of collaboration.

During two-month residential stay, the selected curator will be expected to prepare a concept for the curatorial project which must include Slovenian artists (dual presentation of Slovenian and foreign artists). The Center for Contemporary Arts will arrange for the curator to connect with the city, to become well acquainted with the local artistic community and will offer all the necessary support in the realization of the curatorial project.

The selected curator will be offered a two-month stay in our residential flat, a grant of € 600 per month and a royalty payment of € 1000 after the realization of the curatorial project. The travel costs are not covered.

 In order to apply, please send the following documents:

- Personal data (name, surname, date of birth)

- Contact details (address, telephone and email)

- Letter of motivation

- CV

- Curatorial statement

- Description of selected curatorial projects

Please send applications to the following address:


Center for Contemporary Arts / AIR CELEIA Curatorial Residency open call (Attn. Maja Hodošček)

Krekov trg 3

3000 Celje

Or to the following email:


The selected curator will be informed of the decision by the end of July. In 2013, the curatorial stay offered by AIR CELEIA will take place between November and December. The exact term of the stay within the planned time framework will be decided together with the selected curator, while the exact term of the presentation of the curatorial project in 2014/ 2015 will be determined subsequently.

Accommodation information
Studio apartment 80 m2 in the cultural distict /historical centre of Celje, walking distance from Centre's exhibition spaces. The apartment has one bedroom, fully equiped kitchen, living room/studio space, internet access. Guest are expected to bring their own computers. 


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