Programme of artist residencies and research is a relatively new area of activities in Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art. Invited artists go in line with the main programs of the institution – art in public space, Art & Science, initiating international exchange and dialogue. Residency program is aimed at Polish and international artists. One of its main objectives is to open space for creative dialogue. While developing individual residencies it is important to build a network of collaborations with artists from other disciplines, local communities, scientists and others.
Residency activities build a platform for exchange of experiences, creative meetings and intellectual exchange between Polish and world art scene.
One of the areas of activities in the frames of LAZNIA CCA residency programme are projects that relate to socially engaged activities. The point of departure is to turn upside down the asymmetrical relationship between a creator and the recipient.
Schedule and the process of the artist residency and research is tailored to individual needs of the artist. Flexibility in relation to the subject of the residency and its time span is an important factor. Changes of the concept are accepted as the result of study visits and dialogue. Residency is not constrained by the predetermined conditions. Process rather than the final artistic production is predominant.
LAZNIA 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 &ndash one free from censorship, prejudices, stereotypes and inhibitions. An old and dilapidated former public bathhouse on Jaskë¢lcza 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 Gdansk City Council designated it a municipal cultural institution: LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art.
LAZNIA 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.
We have organised numerous concerts, film presentations, meetings and panel discussions. In response to the great need for these types of events, in 2012, we opened an affiliate in Nowy Port LAZNIA 2 Centre for Contemporary Art – Centre for Art Education, where, in addition to visiting exhibitions, visitors can take advantage of an art reading room, library, open animation studio, and cinema, and attend a wide range of classes and workshops. He job of adapting the LAZNIA 2 facility for cultural purposes was entrusted to us in 2008 as part of the revitalization of the Nowy Port district, and, in accordance with the name of the institution, it is located in a former public bathhouse at Strajku Dokerow 5 Street.
The two institutions form an integrated space for artistic activities that extends from Lower Town to Nowy Port. Through the activities we organise, Gdansk visual identity has been enhanced through art installations and eye-catching actions involving Polish and foreign artists invited to cooperate with us.
We have become one of Poland leading exhibition venues. In 2012, the gallery was one of seven Polish galleries listed among the 400 top places showing contemporary art in the world, by the prestigious Art Spaces Directory, published by New York New Museum of Contemporary Art in collaboration with ArtAsiaPacific. A year later, in the newsweekly Polityka, Piotr Sarzynski named us among the 20 best museums and galleries showing contemporary art in Poland. LAZNIA CCA earned its reputation due to its rich artistic program, its promotion of young and independent art, and by cooperating with well-known foreign artists, such as Gerhard Richter, Gilbert & George and Stelarc.
LAZNIA 1 CCA and LAZNIA 2 CCA – CAE are much more than just centres for contemporary art. its branches in Lower Town and Nowy Port perform an important artistic and cultural function throughout Poland, and in terms of revitalization and education efforts aimed at deprived neighbourhoods in Gdansk.
- Part of a Governmental Institution
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts