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UGM | Maribor Art Gallery is one of ten project partners of Wom@rts: Women's Equal Share of Presence in the Arts and Creative Industries, co-funded by the EU Creative Europe Programme. The project will be active between 2017 and 2021 with the objective of establishing equal share presence of women in the arts, in terms of recognition, promotion and access to the market.

Artistic residencies took place in September and October as part of the Wom@rts project, in the fields of printmaking, comics & illustrations and lens-based media. Collectively, the partners have selected more than 30 women artists whose works, created in the residencies, will be shown in a roaming exhibition this year, curated by Breda Kolar Sluga, UGM Director. During the next two years, the exhibition will roam the partner cities: Limerick, Ireland; Vilnius, Lithuania; Avilés and Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Angoulême, France; Rijeka, Croatia, with premiere opening in Maribor in the springtime.

The exhibition will be presented in two parts. The first opening is going to take place on 8 March 2019, introducing the following lens-based artists:
Ana Pečar (Slovenia), María Castellanos (Spain), Cristina Busto Alvarez (Spain), Marija Stonytė (Lithuania), Hanne Larsen (Norway), Stéphanie Cadoret (France);
and printmakers:
Haya Blanco (Spain), Fernanda Álvarez Jimenez (Spain), Aoiffe Barret (Ireland), Neringa Žukauskaitė (Lithuania) and Audrey Potrat (France);
as well as comic & illustration artists:
Samira Kentrić (Slovenia), Korina Hunjak (Croatia), Merieme Mesfioui (France), Nanu González (Spain), Fionnualla Doran (Ireland).

In the spirit of celebrating the International Women's Day, the accompanying programme of the first exhibition will include talks with the artists and a presentation of the residencies.

The second opening will happen on 26 April 2019, presenting the following lens-based artists:
Petra Mrša (Croatia), Mery Pais (Spain), Teresa Búa (Spain), Shelagh Honan (Ireland), Lorraine Neeson (Ireland), Martta Tuomaala (Finland),
Mina Fina (Slovenia), Melinda Kostelac (Croatia), Marta Fermín (Spain), Jo Kelley (UK), Louise Mendoche (France);
and comic & illustration artists:
Raquel Lagartos (Spain), Xulia Vicente (Spain), Maura McHugh (Ireland), Akvilė Magicdust (Lithuania), Scotty Hervouet (France).

The accompanying programme of the second exhibition will also feature the artists, while a symposium with the philosopher and Wom@rts project Ambassador Eva D. Bahovec is also being planed.