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Ústí nad Labem House of Arts Faculty of Art and Design Jan Evangelista Purkyne University

art, culture, creativity, research,
education, social responsibility

The Faculty of Art and Design at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University opened the Ústí nad Labem House of Arts after a comprehensive reconstruction — an unique institution focused on art research, presentation and production of art with a range of activities between contemporary art creation and educational, scientific and socially engaged activities, using the university’s background.

The Ústí nad Labem House of Arts provides almost 700 m2 of exhibition space, a multifunctional hall for 80 spectators intended for experimental, audiovisual, performative and music performances, a residential studio, workshops specializing in new media and graphic techniques serving students and the public, and last but not least extensive facilities for arts education and diverse social activities.

The Ústí nad Labem House of Arts represents a high-quality institutional background that meets demanding international standards for the presentation of exhibitions and works of art. Its spatial and technological potential allows full participation in prestigious grant schemes and demanding international productions.

How will this institution contribute to the cultural potential of the faculty and the university it is a part of, the city voluntarily represented in its name, and overall reconstruction of the region, which belongs among one of the essential goals of Ústí nad Labem House of Arts long-term aims?

For the Faculty of Art and Design, the new House of Arts seat represents the direction of new development, which leads to strengthening of educational processes on the border of acquiring field knowledge or skills and authentic creation with aspects of artistic as well as theoretical research and rich socialization potential.

In the context of the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, it will become not only a space for multidisciplinary cooperation connecting artistic creativity with stimuli coming from the humanities, social sciences, as well as science or technology, but also a ground for community responsibility growth embedded in the institution’s DNA.

Within the Ústí nad Labem context, the institution can be perceived as an impulse for the local cultural emancipation continuity, as its opening and development follow the rich tradition of the authentic and valued local contemporary art scene, which places this city among lively and significant art centers.

In the middle of the Ústí Region, it is a symbolic signal of the path to the necessary deep transformation arising from an environmental and social responsibility within which cultural and creative industries will undoubtedly play an irreplaceable role as a tool for strengthening general sustainability and quality of life.

The visitors will enter the Ústí nad Labem House of Arts on a new bridge, while such an institution might be perceived as a solid bridge itself. It combines the diverse and often seemingly opposite worlds of art and science, emotions and rationality, endless creative freedom and empathic responsibility. It bridges the gaps of growing indifference and misunderstanding through respect for everyone in the community. It is a tool for achieving ambitious cultural goals or realizing research plans, and at the same time offers space for friendly meetings and community gatherings. The House of Art mirrors the sense of unity which surrounds it, permeates it and breathes life into it through common desires, stimuli, activities and meetings.

prof. Mgr. Michal Koleček, Ph.D.

Director of the Ústí nad Labem House of Arts