The Society “Free Culture” is a non-governmental, non commercial, independent organization (SFC). The SFC operates as a creative union of contemporary artists, musicians and other creative cultural workers. Now it has built a center of contemporary art - the Cultural Center “Pushkinskaya 10”(Museum of NonConformist Art, 6 art-galleries, Archive and Library of Independent Art, The John Lennon Temple of Love, Peace and Music; two art publishing houses, forty individual art studios, the music club/cafe “FishFabrique” and the Center of dance, alternative and experimental music “BAZA”).
Former use : abandoned building
Surface of the site : 4.100 sq.m (1/4 part of a huge building 16.000 sq.m)
Location :city, center – “downtown”
Foundation year : 1989
Type of occupation :free-lending contract with the city for 49 years
Owner of the building : city
1 Rehearsal studio
35 Production studios (ateliers)
1 Multi-use space
6 Art gallery/exhibition places
1 Museum of NonConformist Art
Artist residencies spaces (1 atelier)
Library/documentation centre (Archive and Library of Independent Art)
Shop (alternative and experimental music “BAZA”).
1 Multimedia space
Social and artistic disciplines
Contemporary theatre : Residencies / Creation /Production /Diffusion / Training / Workshop
Music : Residencies / Creation /Production /Diffusion / Training / Workshop
Visual art : Residencies / Creation /Production /Diffusion / Training / Workshop
Multimedia : Residencies / Creation /Production /Diffusion / Training / Workshop
Literature / poetry :Residencies / Creation /Production /Diffusion / Training / Workshop
Press : Residencies / Creation /Production /Diffusion / Training / Workshop
Structures / Residents settled on the site
The Museum of Non-conformist Art;
"Gallery 103/Pushkinskaya observatory";
"The Techno-Art-Centre" and its departments: "The Gallery 21”, "The Cyber-Femin-Club”, "The Gallery of Experimental Sound (GEZ-21), "The Factory of Found Clothing/The Shop of Travelling Things", "The New Media’s Studio";
The Museum of "The New Academy of Fine Art";
The gallery "Navicula Artis";
"ART-POLIGON" - the experimental exhibition space;
The author’s gallery of Vadim Voinov "Bridge across the Sticks";
The St.Petersburg Archive and Library of Independent Art;
The Committee of the "Temple of Love, Peace and Music" named after John Lennon;
The Russian engineering theatre (performance group "ACHE");
The Music club-cafe "FISHFABRIQUE";
"BAZA" - the shop for dance, alternative and experimental music;
The art publishing houses: "Petropol" and "ADIA-M";
The design studio "ArtPRESS";
The educational art workshop;
and around 30 studios for the artists, who are members of "Free Culture".
All of them are members and departments of one organization - "Free Culture"/Cultural Center "Pushkinskaya-10"/.
Financial partners :
San-Francisco charitable Fund “TIDES”
“Friends of “Free Culture” (USA) international organization
"CEC International Partners"
"Trust for Mutual Understanding"(USA),
“Kultur Kontakt” (Austria)
“Open Society” Institute (Soros Fund).
In 1998 the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg included in its budget for the city an article concerning the partial financial support of the cultural center “Pushkinskaya-10”.
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