EPeKa Scientific and Research Association
|Znanstveno raziskovalno združenje za umetnost, kulturno-izobraževalne programe in tehnologijo EPeKa (ZRZ EPeKa)|
|Koroška 8, SI-2000 Maribor|
|Phone||386 (0) 40 933 990|
|Štefan Simončič, President|
|Nina Petrič, Secretary|
|Irem Ebru Kuru, EPeKa Turkey President|
|Ada Mah. Okullar Cad. 130/4,|
- ENQuETE art – Experimental Nonpartisan Questioning of Enduring Technologies in Economy, 2012
- 28 June to 28 July 2014
An exhibition of Slovene comics, organised by the EPeKa Scientific and Research Association, at
programme in ,
- 3 June to 16 November 2014
Slovene comics showcased at the exhibition 100 years in the Balkans: The comic strip in resistance, coorganised by EPeKa Scientific and Research Association, Stripartnica Buch at in ,
- 2 June 2014
An exhibition of Slovene comics, organised by the EPeKa Scientific and Research Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Brussels, at Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Brussels in ,
- 12 April to 8 May 2013
An exhibition of Slovene comic books coorganised by EPeKa Scientific and Research Association and Stripartnica Buch at in ,
The premises of the association also offer a gallery space known as EPEKA Gallery. Works by (SLO), (MNE), (SLO), and others have been on display there.
In 2013 a major exhibition, entitled Intergenerational Comics Exhibition – Together for a Better Living, was opened and hosted 50 adult and 50 young artists. The exhibition was a part of an international EU-funded project coordinated by Info Project from Romania involving 11 organisations from various countries (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom).
In 2014 EPeKa was invited to co-curate 100 years in the Balkans – The comic strip in resistance with Stripforum from Zagreb, an exhibition conducted in partnership with Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée and the Bosnian Cultural Center from Sarajevo and Stripartnica Buch. This most significant exhibition on comics from the region, which also features Slovene comics, is on display at the Belgian Comic Strip Center in Brussels. The exhibition features artists from former Yugoslavia: Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia (featuring artists K , , , , , ).
Nowdays, Epeka Gallery is mostly focused on exhibiting art produced by members of vulnerable groups, which is closely connected to their educational and entrepreneurial work targeting the Roma and other marginalised groups. Exhibitions related to relevant and sometimes problematic and controversial topics are often to be seen, which can be exhibit by foreign or local emerging artists.
The association is also concerned with socially engaged education, especially when it comes to marginal social groups. In the past it has organised several workshops, lectures, and projects aimed at an inclusive approach for local and international protagonists (such as English lessons for Roma, intercultural dialogue, lessons of Romani language, etc.).
The education projects are closely related with the European Volunteer Service (EVS), an organisation with which EPeKa extensively collaborates. Among others sources, EPeKa is also financed through institutions that promote European mobility and education: the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS), MOVIT – a Service for the Promotion of Youth Mobility, and the Slovene Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund.
The most well-known EPeKa project is Romani kafenava, the first Roma restaurant in Slovenia, which opened its doors in 2014. The project was supported by the EU Social Fund and the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Rights of the Republic of Slovenia.
Other projects include lectures and debates on social economy, the destigmatisation of vulnerable social groups, and other relevant themes.