Art Stays Cultural Association


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KUD Art Stays
Jadranska ulica 4, SI-2250 Ptuj
Phone386 (0) 40 304 456, 386 (0) 51 361 800
Vlado Forbici, President
Jernej Forbici, Art Director
Marika Vicari, Creative Director
Uroš Bonšek, Public relations
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Officially established in 2005, the activities of the Art Stays Cultural Association (Ptuj, Kidričevo) are rooted in the ambitions of young representatives of the local art scene, putting Ptuj, one of the most impressive Slovene towns of medieval and also Roman heritage, on the international map of contemporary arts. The first activities of Art Stays realised before the official establishing of the association were featured in the Tenzor Gallery located in the Ptuj City Theatre, later the FO.VI Gallery was moved to a nearby Kidričevo. Since 2003 the association also regularly organises the summer festival in Ptuj, today named Art Stays, International Festival of Contemporary Art.


Beside the festival the association today regularly organises exhibitions of local, national, and international artists in its own space FO.VI Gallery in Kidričevo. They have cooperated with galleries around Europe, for instance in 2010 with the T40 Gallery from Düsseldorf (Germany) where works of BridA, Dušan Fišer, Jernej Forbici and Marika Vicari were featured. Art Stays Cultural Association also visits international art fairs.

In addition the association organises public lectures on contemporary art by Slovene and international artists. Thus Nemanja Cvijanović (HR), Matej Sitar (SI), Massimo Permuda (IT), and Marika Vicari (IT) lectured in Tenzor Gallery.


Art Stays manages also its own artist-in-residence programme that among others cooperated with the Arte Laguna Prize (Venice). After 10 year experience with short and long term artist residency programme during the Art Stays, International Festival of Contemporary Art, in September 2018 the first permanent residency programme in Strnišče, near Kidričevo has been launched. Next to FO.VI Gallery large exhibition space, a fully equipped appartment with a painting/graphic studio and a wood workshop exquipment has been on disposal.

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