Sponsorship project – “The Unsubdued”
An open studio of the Unsubdued was created on Nepokorennykh Prospekt (Unsubdued Avenue) in Saint Petersburg in April, 2007.
The studio was designed by three students of the Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design: Anastasiya Shavlokhovaya, Ilya Gaponov, and Ivan Pliushch.
It is a non-profit organization modeled on European open studio-workshops.
The 800-meter technical platform was divided into twelve workshops, a silk screen workshop, an exhibition hall, and an office. The workshops were assigned to young artists for a period lasting from three months to a year, on condition that they organize and take part in joint events. Within just a few months, the Unsubdued became a center of great attraction for creative young people from Saint Petersburg. Here, artists are engaged in working with various art forms: sculpture, painting, graffiti, installations, and design. Talented new artists are chosen so that new names appear on the art market; the workshop also gives each artist the opportunity to reveal himself/herself as an up-and-coming young talent. As new artists are selected by young artists themselves, it is evident that personal interests in finding new creative artists constitute the determining factor for making final choices.
The Unsubdued are engaged in promoting and introducing young artists to the community through collective travelling exhibitions, house festivals, and personal exhibition projects. In addition, the Unsubdued focus their future development on seminars and lectures. And, one of the major features of these events involves working with young lecturers. These seminars are conducted by young art critics or historians, philosophers, or curators, whose personal activities fascinate and appeal to the young art community. By carrying out such educational programs through live communication, these young artists manage to create a dialogue that is fundamental in creating and developing a productive art environment. Many personal or individual events take place in the studio: video capture festivals, musical evenings, exhibitions by young artists, open “Behind the Canvas” workshops, etc.
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