Garage Studios and Artist Residencies are part of the museum’s wider program of support for Russian artists, which also includes grants for contemporary artists (since 2012) and Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art (since 2016).
Garage Studios comprises 18 separate working spaces, a shared workshop, and a painting studio, all located in a postconstructivist pavilion at VDNKh, which was built in 1939. It was originally designed as a model school building for 280 students and was later adapted to be a polyclinic with an extension.
The program aims to create a platform for artists from across Russia to work, interact, and exchange knowledge. Fourteen studios are offered as work spaces for Moscow-based artists for six months, while the remaining four are reserved for artist residencies, and artists from Russia’s regions can live and work there for up to three months. From 2020 the program will be extended to include international artists.
Artists taking part in the program will also have the opportunity to work with Garage staff on education, exhibition, research, and inclusive projects.
The first participants were selected by the Museum’s curatorial group.
Garage Studios Team
Curator: Valentin Diaconov, Garage Curator
Manager: Irina Sopina, Garage Exhibitions Manager
Curatorial group: Valentin Diaconov, Viktoria Dushkina, Evgeny Gusyatinsky, Katya Inozemtseva, Snejana Krasteva, Ekaterina Lazareva, Andrey Misiano, Anastasia Mityushina, Sasha Obukhova, Iaroslav Volovod