The artists, and the projects to be carried out are selected by the board of artists, whose task is to ensure transparency combined with high quality. The board's members are: the sculptor David Černý, the art theoretician Tomáš Pospiszyl, the art critic Jan Vitvar, MeetFactory's curator Karina Kottová and the curator of Residency programme Zuzana Jakalová. Some artists are also recommended by our partner organizations both locally and abroad. Some of our partner organizations are: Jack Hanley Gallery in New York, Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Goethe-Institut in Prague and K.A.I.R. in Košice. We have been negotiating residency programmes with other art centres, for example the Ludwig Museum in Budapest or the Elisabeth Foundation in New York.
Our residency programme is run in a close-knit relationship with MeetFactory galleries. New works of art which have been created on our grounds are exhibited at Kostka Gallery. At MeetFactory Gallery, we try to weave these new art works into the fabric of group exhibitions in a conceptual way. This is how the residents get directly confronted with the work of local and other foreign artists. Thanks to MeetFactory's central position within the art scene of Prague and the Czech Republic, our residency programme also works as a starting point for the initiation of new collaborative projects across national borders, and thus transcend the venue's agenda.
Curator of Artists - in - Residence is Zuzana Jakalová | firstname.lastname@example.org
Three separate galleries, each with its unique mission, can be found on the grounds of MeetFactory: MeetFactory Gallery, Kostka Gallery a Wall Gallery. The galleries co-exist and co-operate with the residency programme as well as theatre and music events, all of which are hosted by the venue. The visitor can therefore not only enjoy quality art exhibitions, but can also encounter contemporary art forms across different genres in interdisciplinary projects.
MeetFactory's exhibition programme reflects contemporary trends in art. It stresses the connection between the local art scene and renowned international artists, and promotes confrontation across generations. In our exhibitions, we try to go beyond the framework of individual art forms and media in an attempt to tap into the current issues which touch upon various philosophical and socio-political questions. Hand in hand with our philosophy of high-quality presentation runs the ongoing effort to create an open user-friendly space where the public may encounter living art.
Because of the industrial location of MeetFactory, we welcome new provocative art forms. With the removal of commercial demands, we are able to offer both the youngest and established generations of artists a space where they can take risks and experiment.
In March 2010, MeetFactory expanded from running the residency program, exhibiting art and staging theatre to a fourth authentic line of production, music. Every year, between 50 and 70 music events are staged in the factory hall converted to a top quality music venue, which can hold an audience of up to one thousand people. The shows are either part of a regular line of music events, or unique ad hoc performances. This steady series of music shows mostly targeted at younger audiences, enriches what is already on offer on the Prague music scene. MeetFactory not only runs its own range of musical events but also co-hosts about forty events a year in collaboration with leading Czech promotion companies. The multifunctional venue is also regularly used for a variety of guest events; film shoots (advertisements, student films), product presentations (e.g. Puma, Citroen, Ducati) or social events (fashion shows, post-premiere parties, company parties, weddings etc.).
MeetFactory's music strategy is based on a range of genres and particularly accommodating. Anything goes- from major gigs by indie groups both local and foreign, as well as regular community and subculture events (electronic music, hard & heavy etc.), to more intimate and specialized affairs reaching out towards contemporary classical music, alternative scene or electronic experiments. Apart from single events, MeetFactory also regularly co-hosts festivals such as Lunchmeat, Sperm, Komiksfest or Stimul and collaborates with charities such as Amnesty International, Coolich for Africa and the Czech Paraplegic Association.
Among most memorable recent events were the concert of Animal Collective from the US, the birthday party of the industrial legend Einstürzende Neubauten, the gigs of the British bard Fink, the electronic Ratatat, Caribou or Hercules & Love Affair. Some very popular events originated from the local music scene, e.g. the double-billing of Monkey Business and PSH, the launching of MIDILIDI's third studio album, the sold-out gig of WWW or the concert of the Havířov singer-song writer Xavier Baumaxa.
The theatre based at MeetFactory was founded in 2008. Since then, its several scores of original productions have won it a considerable reputation amongst the theatres of Prague for being an inspiring space for the plays of uncompromising freethinkers. Some of the actors and directors have matured during their engagement with the theatre and have become publicly recognized.
MeetFactory theatre prefers to collaborate with artists who are used to project work. The ensemble promotes original projects rather than the interpretation of classical pieces; they "do theatre" with multiple meanings and socio-political significance. Over the years, a number of foreign collaborators have made their first appearance in the Czech Republic via MeetFactory theatre, primarily directors and scenographers. We support young emerging dramatists. Dramatists from abroad are also eligible for residency stays.
The overall area of the theatre is 150 square meters. The venue can seat an audience of 150 or 100 with a sloping audience area.