Meta Štular

[Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Second Chance project]

Intro presentation: Second Chance

(21 Jan, 14.00 – 15.30)

SECOND CHANCE is a Central European development project connecting five European cities’ goal to transform industrial sites into cultural and creative working and living spaces. The project will be used as an example of how to envisage the development of a new institution by involving various stakeholders in an early stage of development. Nuremberg, Leipzig, Krakow, Venice, and Ljubljana face the same challenges of developing their heritage and landmark former industrial sites. Each site’s cultural potential will be identified, elaborated, further developed, and realized / tested in a pilot investment. Research, stakeholder meetings and focus groups will be used to define the solutions for a cultural program, site-specific Public-Private Partnership model, and suitable management plan for each site. This transnational approach by the Second Chance project will enable the cities to develop cultural content in parallel to construction work.

The former Rog bicycle factory in Ljubljana will be developed as a Center of Contemporary Arts. Its 8,260 m2 will be primarily dedicated to activities in the areas of visual arts, architecture, and design. The goal is to develop a dynamic center where different disciplines as well as the public and private sector will synergistically collaborate.

With a size of 160,000 m², the former AEG factory offers room for culture and art, but also for gastronomy, production, and services. Within the Second Chance project, the City of Nuremberg, alongside its partner MIB, plans to create a cultural space at the AEG site.

HALLE 14 is a nonprofit art centre, located in a 20,000 m2 five-story production building in the former Leipzig Cotton Spinning Mill. This 125-year-old industrial site has been transformed into a unique place of contemporary art and culture and will be further developed with artists’ studios and an artist-in-residency program.

The Venice Arsenale is a monumental complex of 480,000 m² hosting different activities. The Torre di Porta Nuova will be a centre for the production of knowledge, a new “brain” for the Arsenale. As part of the Second Chance project, an exhibition space and a residency space will be created within the Tower.

The Quarter of St. Lawrence is a former tram depot complex in Krakow’s Kazimierz district. The complex includes nine buildings with a total surface area of over 4,000 m2. Within the Second Chance project, 3,200 m2 of open spaces will be adapted for cultural purposes.

The project is being implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.

Meta Štular (1972) is project manager of the research and development project Second Chance at the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana. She holds a Master degree in Cultural Development and Managing Cultural Projects from Lyon II University. She regularly works as external expert for European Commission. She used to be freelancer in the fields of popular music, fine arts, commix, design and cultural development. Her work in non-governmental and governmental sectors, intergovernmental institutions, networks and private companies in Slovenia and abroad has provided her with a complex insight of European cultures, cultural practices and policies.

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