Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus (WUK) - Vienna


Contact

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Name of the responsible structure : Verein zur Schaffung offener Kultur- und Werkstttenhuser
Type of structure : Not for profit association under Austrian law
Profile of the initiators of the project : Mixed group of artists, teachers, musicians, social workers, students, old age pensioners etc. who wanted to preserve the building, very soon they founded the umbrella association
Continent : Europe
Country : Austria
Address/tel/fax :
Wringer Strasse 59,
A-1090 Wien
Tel +43-1-40121/35
Fax +43-1-40121/66
e-mail: info@wuk.at
www.wuk.at
Contact : Vincent Abbrederis



Description

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The WUK is an open cultural space, a space for the living interaction of art, politics and social issues. It enables the manifestation of an extended notion of culture that transcends the meaning of culture in every-day usage. The WUK links the overlapping synergetic models of a socio-cultural centre and an international centre of art and culture:
As a socio-cultural centre it focuses on furthering processes of liberation, independence and help to self-help, district-based cultural work and self-government, self-organization and autonomy.
As a centre of art and culture it concentrates on promoting the production and presentation of innovative, experimental, interdisciplinary, critical art and culture at local, regional and international level.

 Former use:
Locomotive factory
 Architect(s) of the former building
Group of architects: Tietz, Fellner&Helmer, Krones, Berehinak
 Architect(s) of the renovated building
Lore Kleindienst
 Total surface:
13.500 m2
 Indoor surface:
12.000 m2
  Place property : City of Vienna
  Occupation type : free lending negotiation for the association
  Location : city
  Foundation year: Association 1979, Centre 1981


Infrastructures

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  Venues:
1) Main Hall (380 m2)& Foyer ( 175 m2), capacity 200 seating, 550 standing
2) Museum Spaces (2 halls of 60m2), capacity 30 seating, 50 standing each

  Bar
  Restaurant
  Cinema: capacity 30 seats
  Offices for associations
  Training places
  2 private schools (elementary & secondary level)
  4 Art Galleries: Kunsthalle Exnergasse (400 m2), Fotogalerie Wien (100 m2 & 40 m2), Projektraum Wien (250 m2), Galerie IntAkt (25 m2, for women only)
  Rehearsal studios
  Production studios (video and audio)
  Artist residencies spaces: 2 guest studios for visual artists, 20 m2 each
  2 Meeting spaces for social & intercultural initiatives (100 m2 & 40 m2)
  Open ”ateliers” (pottery, textile, bicycle & motorcycle repair shop, carpentry)
  Private artists’ studios
  In town: 4 offices & training spaces of counselling & job training projects


Social and artistic disciplines

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  Visual arts: production & exhibitions
  Music: studios, concerts
  Dance: production, performances, festivals
  Theatre: production, performances
  Radio: co-operation with free radio station in Vienna, 30 minutes once a week
  Multimedia: production
  Video: production
  Cinema: irregular avant-garde programme

  Open Workshops
  Resident associations (social & intercultural initiatives)
  Magazines
  Children’s cultural programme
  Artists residencies
  Recording audio and videos studios
  Books editing
  Artist education/training programmes
  Centres for Senior Citizens
  Women’s Centre
  Kinder gardens and schools
  Counselling and job training projects for unemployed young people


Other structures/organisations resident on the site

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About 130 resident groups, initiatives and individuals work in seven autonomous units: music, theatre/dance/movement, painting, workshops, children&young adults, social issues&initiatives, intercultural initiatives.


Financial support

Local support: Vienna Cultural Department,
Vienna Employment Promotion Fund,
Vienna Integration Fund

Regional support: Vienna Labour Market Services

National: Arts Section of the Austrian Federal Chancellery,
Austrian Ministry for Social Affairs

EU: European Social Fund

Own income in the budget: ca 20%


Networks
Trans Europe Halles

Modified on Thursday 28 October 2004