Urbane Künste Ruhr was set up as an organisation unit in the Ruhr Cultural Metropolis with a view to continuing content-related strategies for a sustainable European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. Together with regional networks and cultural institutions, Urbane Künste Ruhr co-produces and produces projects in urban space. It also initiated the communication platform Kulturmetropole Ruhr, with the objective of positioning the Cultural Metropolis Ruhr as a fixed component of Europe’s cultural landscape.
How is Urbane Künste Ruhr organised
Urbane Künste Ruhr was created in 2012 as a new organisation unit of the Kultur Ruhr GmbH in Gelsenkirchen. Along with the Ruhrtriennale, the Tanzlandschaft Ruhr and the Chorwerk Ruhr it is the fourth programme pillar of the Kultur Ruhr GmbH. Kultur Ruhr GmbH is designed to produce and promote contemporary art and culture, with the state of NRW and the Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR) as its primarily responsible shareholders.
What are the objectives of Urbane Künste Ruhr
The objective of Urbane Künste Ruhr is the development of perspectives for the future of the Ruhr Cultural Metropolis involving different art disciplines. To this end the team researches into urban issues and possibilities together with artists, networks, cultural institutions and the citizens of the Ruhr Cultural Metropolis. Thus, apart from art projects, mainly co-produced, such as EMSCHERKUNST.2013, there is also research into the chances of art in sustainable urban and regional planning.
How is the programme of Urbane Künste Ruhr developed
Contents and programmes are planned, developed and implemented together with the networks and the cultural institutions of the Ruhr Cultural Metropolis. This results in excellent projects of an international format and of exemplary effect. Urbane Künste Ruhr does not offer project funding, projects are exclusively co-produced or produced.
Who finances Urbane Künste Ruhr
The state of NRW and the Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR) provide the basic funding for Urban Arts Ruhr in order to guarantee the sustainability of the Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. Every year, 3.1 million EUR are available to this end, of which 0.4 million EUR are used for communication and outreach programmes. EMSCHERKUNST.2013 receives a total of 1.5 million EUR. To be able to implement the projects, Urbane Künste Ruhr look for financing partners and sponsors.
Whom does Urbane Künste Ruhr finance
Urbane Künste Ruhr does not create its own productions in a classical sense, but co-produces and produces projects in cooperation with regional networks and/or cultural institutions. Urbane Künste Ruhr is not a funding agency and does not offer project funding.
What is Kulturmetropole Ruhr (Cultural Metropolis Ruhr)
Kulturmetropole Ruhr aims at increasing awareness of the Ruhr Cultural Metropolis so as to consolidate its significance for the European cultural landscape beyond the Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. It is a communication initiative by Urbane Künste Ruhr in cooperation with cultural organisations and networks of the cultural metropolis.
Who are the audiences of Kulturmetropole Ruhr (Cultural Metropolis Ruhr)
People with a willingness to design their own and other environments, with an interest in urban challenges and concerns as well as in sustainable development and future prospects. People interested in art and culture and with a curiosity for new things who would like to accompany the Ruhr Cultural Metropolis into the future by active involvement or as commentators.
Who is the artistic director of Urbane Künste Ruhr
Katja Aßmann, born in 1971, worked as programme director for the sectors visual arts and architecture of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 and as managing director of the state initiative StadtBauKultur NRW. In February 2012, Katja Aßmann became artistic director of Urbane Künste Ruhr. Following her academic studies in architecture and art history she played a major role in the international building exhibition Emscher Park, and in the final stages took over the direction of the sectors art and culture. Apart from curatorial functions she worked at interdisciplinary art productions and exhibitions on the topics of light art, architecture, design and landscape design.