Global Art Lab responds to current artistic and cultural issues in Russia and Central Asia through collaborations, exchanges, performances, professional development workshops and short-term residencies. Since 1998, Global Art Lab, previously VisArt, has brought more than 300 US artists, curators, performers and managers to cities throughout Russia and Central Asia to collaborate with local artists and arts specialists. These projects have generated large audiences, ongoing alliances and excellent critical attention. Global Art Lab focuses on visual art, contemporary music and professional development for young arts leaders.
Who: emerging arts managers, journalists and specialists from Russia and Central Asia
What: intensive program of site visits to museums, galleries and performing arts events in New York for a small group of young arts professionals.
Who: artists, curators, critics, and arts specialists from the US.
What: workshops, lectures, seminars, exhibitions and residencies in Russia and Central Asia organized in collaboration with local partners.
Who: musicians, ensembles, and performers from the US and Central Asia.
What: concerts, educational programs, and residencies in the US, Russia and Central Asia.
Recent projects have included the first international public art festival, Art Prospect, in St. Petersburg, workshops and exhibitions by American artists Nicholas Fraser, Andrea Steudel and Swoon at the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, a weeklong workshop and concert series by Tashkent's Omnibus Music Ensemble with young performers and composers at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Bishkek, and residencies for Central Asian artists and art managers in New York to learn about how public art projects are organized in the US.
Each year, projects designed in collaboration with CEC’s partners in Russia and Central Asia bring new ideas and energy to developing arts communities and facilitate dialogue amongst both artists and audiences. The geographic reach and project scope continue to expand in response to local needs and interests. Among our long-time partners are the PRO ARTE Foundation (St. Petersburg), the National Centers for Contemporary Art (Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, and Yekaterinburg), Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Media Center Vykhod (Petrozavodsk), Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Ilkhom Theater (Tashkent), Bactria Cultural Center (Dushanbe), and Art East (Bishkek).