The initiative KunstVereineRuhr is dedicated to the presentation of and introduction to contemporary art. By means of talks and guided tours the KunstVereineRuhr inform on current developments in art and stimulate discussions between artists and visitors. They are open to exchanges with schools and universities, new media and new forms of presentation. The associations are involved in exhibitions, the publication of catalogues, artists’ talks, studio visits and excursions to cultural events outside the region. The range of their own exhibitions reaches from the conventional picture show to experimental performance projects, from the promotion of regional artists to presentations of international standard. In the context of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, the network KunstVereineRuhr initiated the exhibition GrenzGebietRuhr.