Free Training for Creatives | Wom@rts
online + live, Zoom + UGM, Strossmayerjeva 6
23 September 2021 – 21 October 2021, 16.00-21.00

The aim of this training course is to support the young and medium generation of female creatives and give them access to practical and specific knowledge, the possibility to exchange their experiences and establish new professional connections. The programme is based on short lectures and practical exercises that will be led by experts in selected areas. The training led by invited mentors will encourage the creatives in various phases of their careers to continue with their work or help them find a new direction. The participants will learn about the various self-employment options, focus on the analysis, organisation and promotion of their work, compare their experiences and receive motivation and support.


In Module 1 (online) established creatives will share their work experience.
led by: Polonca Lovšin
participating artists:  Vesna Bukovec, Mark Požlep, Toni Soprano Meneglejte, Alenka Pirman

In Module 2 (online) the young creatives will learn how to present their work (CV, artistic statement, application procedure). This module also incorporates the application to the international platform Wom@rts.
led by: Urška Jurman and Vladimir Vidmar

In Module 3 (live, in the premises of the Maribor Art Gallery) the participants will learn about legislative, administrative and accountancy procedures.
led by: Marija Mojca Pungerčar
participating expert: accountant Barbara Krevh

In Module 4 (online) the participants will overview their portfolio and discuss artworks.
led by: Breda Kolar Sluga and Polonca Lovšin, together with invited curators

In Module 5 (live, in the premises of the Maribor Art Gallery) the participants will attend a printing workshop and hold a one-day exhibition in UGM.
led by: Mina Fina

The concept of this training course emerged within the project Wom@rts. The concept was adapted for the Slovene space by Breda Kolar Sluga and Polonca Lovšin.

*Women are coming is the title of the sculpture that the artist Duba Sambolec created in 1976, during her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. We decided to use this title to honour one of the first feminist artistic statements in the Slovene space.

The project is a part of the international partner network Wom@rts, which is co-financed by the programme Creative Europe (EU), the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Maribor.

Polonca Lovšin is an artist and architect. She is active in the field of contemporary art in Slovenia as well as internationally. She attended numerous international artist residencies and is the author of solo exhibitions, artist projects and workshops that are based on participation and cooperation. She was one of the founding members and remains a member of the Obrat Culture and Art Association that focuses on projects dealing with public spaces. Since 2018 she has been working as an external expert at the Department of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Education, University of Maribor and in 2021 she started working within the new Visual Arts and Design undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Education in Koper, University of Primorska.

Breda Kolar Sluga is an art historian and has been the director of the Maribor Art Gallery since 2007. She writes texts, is the author of multiple solo and group exhibitions and projects that connect artists from various generations, a member of various expert committees and editor of several publications. She has been leading the Wom@rts project within UGM since 2018. This European project strives to improve the conditions for creatives and make female creatives working in the field of art, culture and creative industries more visible.

Urška Jurman has been the programme director of the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory since 2013. She also works as a curator, editor, writer and organiser in the field of contemporary art. During the years she worked as a self-employed cultural worker she cooperated with various institutions operating in the field of contemporary art: Škuc Gallery (1995-1997), SCCA-Ljubljana (1999-2002, 2005-2006), Centre and Gallery P74 (2005-2008), etc. She was one of the founding members and remains a member of the Obrat Culture and Art Association as well as a member of multiple expert committees in the field of contemporary visual art.

Vladimir Vidmar is the artistic director of Mala Galerija Banke Slovenije. Between 2014 and 2019 he worked as the artistic director at Gallery Škuc in Ljubljana. His curatorial projects include numerous solo exhibitions by established artists as well as international group projects. He publishes texts on contemporary artistic practices in art magazines and catalogues and is a member of various expert juries. in 2015 he took over the curatorial module at the School for Curators at the World of Art, SCCA Ljubljana, and he has been teaching art at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Art and Design since 2016.

Marija Mojca Pungerčar is a self-employed visual and intermedia artist, teacher, mentor and editor. Between 2004 – 2013 she was the editor of Artservis, which was judged to be an example of good practice in two researches carried out by the European Union. In 2014 she started editing the e-publication Novičnik za samozaposlene v kulturi (Newsletter for Self-employed Cultural Workers) and leading workshops for self-employed cultural workers. She is the author or co-author of numerous initiatives and researches for improving the position of self-employed cultural workers.

Mina Fina focuses on researching drawing, illustration, animation and video as well as the transitions between the different media; her research often takes place in the form of spatial installations. She has published numerous publications, zines and artist books. Even though she works as an independent graphic designer, illustrator and VJ, she is also a member of the design collective Ee, the audio-visual collective YGT and the informal art group Riso Paradiso. She has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions at home and internationally since 2008.