It’s like a shop where you don’t pay. There is a warehouse of art material in Prague Culture | News Pražská Drbna
Last week, he opened the first Prague warehouse of art material in Žižkov for removal. We talked about the meaning of the warehouse with art material called art re use with the manager Jan Vincenec, who together with the associations Skutek and ArtMap is behind the implementation of the project. According to Vincenec, the demand for warehouse services is very high.
Instead of a car service, a warehouse for art material
Art re use find your place in the building of the former car service in Chlumova street in Žižkov. “Our service arose from the needs of galleries. When the exhibition ends, which usually requires a lot of material, the artists have to store it somewhere. The people who organize the exhibition often do not have such a large space, and that is why we are here. “ repeat the leading head of the arts Jan Vincenec.
The Bank of Artistic Material offers artists, students, non-profit projects and a gallery of materials as well as a tool base for creation. “Actually, already during the construction work, when we were preparing it here, it was shouted, and for the first time, gallerists, artists and curators turn to us, who get us excess material. We actually have a constant supply of things, because there is a demand to put them somewhere, “ subject Jan Vincenec to the meaning of the whole project.
Classic e-shop, but without payment
The whole project works online, there is only a warehouse in Chlumova street. “We set up a classic e-shop for distribution. It works in such a way that when someone wants to give us something or wants to save something here, they write to us by e-mail or call and bring things. We register things, name them, take photos and publish them on our website, where those interested can book them again,“Says Vincent.”
Booking things actually runs as a purchase on any other e-shop, but without payment as one non-traditional condition. “Anyone on the web can throw anything in the cart, write contact details, we will contact them and arrange a handover. However, it is important that the matter returns to cultural operation. Ideally in the form of some art, for galleries, studios or for public benefit non-profit projects, ” help vincenec.
Some take away a mug, some a car full of OSB boards
Just the project only works for a while, you will usually use it by enough people. “About fifteen people have already given us something and twenty people have already taken something. But these numbers can be misleading, because sometimes it’s a mug and sometimes a car full of OSB boards. But we are open to everything and we are actually testing what will catch. “
The building in Chlumova Street with a total area of 271 square meters would also offer workshops for the public and various educational activities focused on the topic of recycling. “We have already been asked schools if students could come and make something,” the leader delights.
Return of things to the cultural sector
The project was created only this year, so the Prague City Council made an operational contribution to the initial investment with an individual earmarked subsidy. Prague 3 supported the project by contributing financially to the commissioning of the building and at the same time making urban space available for two years with a symbolic lease.
“We make sure that things return from us to the cultural or non-profit sector, because our project is supported by the work of volunteers, voluntary contributions from galleries and also grants,” concludes Vincenec.