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Department 58 – International Relations
Department 58 – International Relations


Region Pardubice Region
Title of the ProgrammeCulture
Title of the ProjectMILL ISLAND
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Number of the ProjectKU-CA2-031
Project Promoter

Centre for Open Culture

Project Partner from Donor State

Detroit Kunsthalle (Norway)

Czech Partner



Estimated project duration: 05/2022–02/2024

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Target group: artists, researchers/scientists, general public

Total Eligible Costs

179 245 EUR


161 320 EUR (90 %)

Project description:

The project aims to contribute to the process of redefining the roles of contemporary art and memory institutions. It will explore different possibilities of spatio-temporal storytelling in the context of a story of the iconic building of the Automatic Mills in Pardubice, which has undergone a significant transformation from a flour-milling factory to an art centre during the last 10 years.

Public voice and the independent art scene have played an important role in the process of this transformation. The aim of the project is to reflect on this role in the process of transformation and to recall and retell the story of the place in another narrative using contemporary artistic language.

One of the key outputs of the project will be an exhibition, which will become the initial project of the City Gallery Pardubice in the new premises in the area of the Automatic Mills. An important part of its preparation will be a workshop carried out in cooperation with the Norwegian partner, in which the participating artists will learn different methods of contemporary memory work.

The project will support inter-genre and international cooperation in the fields of contemporary art in the Czech Republic and Norway. It will contribute to the local and international networking of contemporary artists, it will increase their professional competencies. It will also contribute to the development of contemporary exhibition practice within the region and will open new opportunities for education and mediation of contemporary art to the public.