Studio Asylum is located in Ljubljana, it is a part of Autonomous Cultural Centre Metelkova mesto, housed in the building Hlev/Stable, which has kept the name from the time of the barracks. It hosts artists and authors who come here for a work visit within the Artist-in-Residence project. It was launched in 2006 when the Art Središče / Art Centre team was looking for a temporary solution to be able to stay and continue their projects in Ljubljana since it had been temporarily evicted from its studio in Goričko, North Slovenia.

On the basis of an agreement with all the users of Metelkova mesto and with the help of members of KUD Mreža, they turned a part of the attic into a studio and apartment. Already then, they developed a plan to transform Studio Asylum into an artist residence after the Art Središče team would have returned to Goričko. The studio as a residence facility was established with two objectives: the first one was to connect the activities of Art Središče, which is located in a rural environment in the North East of Slovenia, to the city of Ljubljana; and secondly, to establish an accomodation and working facility for foreign artists in Metelkova mesto. This would contribute to a more open, lively and innovative atmosphere.

On longer term residencies we have hosted more than 30 artists who presented their outcomes either in the form of: an artwork, an exhibition, a concert, a performance, a lecture, a workshop, a collaboration, a specific assignment etc.

Studio Asylum residences can last up to three months. Artists are welcome throughout the year, however, the most convenient period is from spring until autumn.Staying at Asylum is based on self-management as the place is not subsidised for its maintenance. The hosted artist is invited to perform a public presentation of the project – exhibition, workshop, concert, performance etc.

Past artists in residence

Studio parameters 

The studio measures 40 m² and includes working and living area separated by a glass wall. It has basic furnitures: bed, tables, chairs, closets, a refrigerator and an electric heater. On the same floor, there are kitchen, toilet and shower, shared by five studios (Studio Asylum, A-Infoshop and three art studios). Internet connection and some basic tools are available.

Administers of Studio Asylum will provide:

– contact with local artists and cultural workers
– assistance in project realization
– help with the project presentation in Metelkova mesto or other venues in Ljubljana
– help with promotional activities
– assistance in fundraising for the residence, however only after preliminary such arrangement – six to twelve months prior to the start of the project

The costs of the residence comprise:

– costs of transportation
– daily costs (food, mobile phone etc.)
– material cost
– utility costs

All those who are interested in the residence are kindly invited to send:

– a brief presentation of their reasons for choosing Studio Asylum
– a brief presentation of their project or activities they wish to perform
– examples of their work or their website and contact information

Application form

KUD Mreža would like to draw the artists’ attention to the specifics of Studio Asylum. Metelkova mesto is an array of clubs, organizations, groups, artists, activists, visitors and tourists, which guarantees a creative and stimulating environment and requires a certain amount of patience and persistence.

For any additional information, please email to (Julijan Borštnik) and (Nataša Serec) with a subject “Residency – Studio Asylum”.