Karlin Studios

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Following the renovation of a large factory in Karlín, a former industrial quarter in Prague 8, there was created a unique complex of art studios and galleries called Karlin Studios that became the first of its kind in Prague. The founder and initiator of this non-profit project is FUTURA, o.s., which is also one of the members of the Karlin Studios civic group. The spaces of the multi-purpose cultural centre features 17 studios that are leased to select artists of all generations. One of the main studios is used by foreign artists invited to Prague as part of the residency programme organized by FUTURA. Karlin Studios also provides space for the documentation centre the Foundation for Contemporary art, an extensive archive of Czech contemporary artists and two galleries. Entrance Gallery focuses on the latest progressive young generation. The central space is used by Karlin Studios gallery with the aim of presenting new works of the Karlin studios-occupying artists themselves, as well as young Czech and foreign artists that would be hard pressed to find within Prague’s gallery scene such adequate and generous spaces for their alternative projects. In 2006 the publishing house Divus and the editorial board of Umelec magazine moved to Karlin Studios. It´s therefore now possible to create, exhibit, reflect upon and document under one roof.