Applied Arts Programme

Cultart Organisation in North Macedonia: The Association ‘EduCenter’ 

Training Period: from 27 to 31 March 2023

Case Study Institution: National Gallery of North Macedonia

National Gallery of NM: 3D Video Tour 

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Short bio and projects 

The initiative to open the Art Gallery, the present National Gallery of North Macedonia, was forwarded by the founders of Macedonian contemporary fine art: Lazar Ličenoski, Nikola Martinoski, Dimče Koco, Dimo Todorovski, and the other members of DLUM (Association of Artists of Macedonia). In 1948, by the decision of the Ministry of Education and the Government of the People’s Republic of Macedonia, the establishment of an Art Gallery began as part of the national program that included the organization of the entire social, educational and cultural life in the newly founded state.

The first task of the newly founded national art institution was to evidence, collect and display the national cultural heritage and to follow, purchase, and exhibit the current artistic achievements. The program task included the acquisition of artworks from the Fine Arts Department of the National Museum in Belgrade which had inherited its continuity from prewar Yugoslavia. Later on, the Gallery set to collect the masterpieces of Medieval Art: icons, fresco copies, wood carvings, and monastery models. 

Following the museum's evidencing and archiving of that fund, the gallery started purchasing artworks of Macedonian contemporary art and managed to compile the most precious and valuable national collection of the first generation of artists – founders of contemporary fine art. In that period the Gallery also purchased artworks by Slovenian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Bosnian, and Herzegovinian artists that now make a noteworthy part of this institution’s collection.

Location and venues

The Cifte Hammam is located in the middle of the Old Skopje Bazaar, near the Bezisten, Suli, and Murat Pasha Mosque. It was built in the mid-15th century and is the second-largest hammam in Skopje from that period. It was built by the third regional leader Isa Bey, stated as patronage in the book of the Isa Bey mosque in 1531. In the records of the renowned writer of travels Evliya Celebi, the Cifte Hammam is also called “a new hammam”.

The Museum Lazar Lichenoski – the Memorial House of Lazar Ličenoski, which the artist’s family donated along with the entire household and the artworks.

The National Gallery of Macedonia enhanced its facilities with another exhibiting space – the multimedia center Mala Stanica which very soon became a very attractive urban place, engaged in exclusive exhibiting activities of various characters because it hosts events from different cultural domains like video art projects, graphic design projects, photography exhibitions, fashion, new media, multidisciplinary projects, etc.  

Meet the 30 cultural managers and their youth workers!

Learn more about each of them on the Cultart website.

6 organizations from 5 countries participate in the Cultart project. In addition to the leading 'Plovdiv 2019' Foundation in the consortium are Clearly Culture - Vienna and the team of experts created the master's program in Cultural Management at the University of Vienna, also the Chamber of Commerce of Lecce, Italy, Alliance for Innovative Practices - Bulgaria, Edu Centre - Skopje, Northern Macedonia, International Centre for Sustainable Development- Ioannina, Greece

Cultart is a project for 262,105 euros, which the foundation won under the Erasmus+ programme, Youth - Partnerships for Cooperation, administered by the Centre for Human Resources Development - National Agency under the Erasmus+ programme 



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