A Collective Manual for Sustainable and Inclusive Art Institutions


The project Islands of Kinship interconnects and transforms the practical functioning of six mid-scale visual art institutions across diverse regions in Europe (Prague, Bratislava, Bitola/Skopje, Cologne, Helsinki, Riga) in an innovative collaboration model addressing issues of inclusion, kinship and togetherness, democratic exchange and the ethics, emotions and practical solutions for environment-friendly institutional operation. Follow our activities and efforts to make a meaningful change in the institutional operations in the field of contemporary visual art.


(Prague) a non-profit platform for Czech post-revolutionary and contemporary art in international context. In collaboration with a number of partner institutions throughout the Czech Republic and internationally, JCHS organizes exhibitions, public programmes, residencies for artists and curators, educational and publication projects.

(Riga) organizes exhibitions of contemporary art in Latvia and abroad reflecting upon current social processes and introduces authors that are less known in Latvia, yet to be discovered or undeservedly forgotten. LCCA is the largest repository of information in Latvia about local and international contemporary art processes and provides access to a broad range of archival materials and literature.

(Helsinki) is an advocate for Finnish contemporary art. Frame supports international initiatives, facilitates professional partnerships, and encourages critical development of the contemporary art field. Commissioning and producing the exhibition for the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland in the Venice Biennale is Frame’s most extensive international project.

(Bratislava) organizes domestic and international projects and activities in the areas of contemporary art, art history, visual studies and cultural theory. The expertise of the JKS lies in encouraging the exchange of ideas and information in these fields, challenging the canons, geographies and master narratives of established art histories.

(Cologne) is a non-profit centre for contemporary art. The program should not only be artistically convincing, but also socially relevant. The Temporary Gallery works actively against exclusion and discrimination. Program of the institution includes topics such as ecology, sustainability, community and inclusion.

(Bitola/Skopje) is an organisation of cultural workers operating in the fields of education and production of contemporary visual arts and culture, with a distinct focus on methodology of research, engagement and collective action in different socio-political and cultural contexts.

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