Pavol Balik, Marcel Bencik, Erik Binder, Cyril Blazo, Pavol Cejka, Emil Drliciak, Patrik Illo Branislav Matis, Svatopluk Mikyta, Michal Moravcik, Jan Sicko
Globe City Gallery in Newcastle presented the work of eleven internationally acclaimed artists and graphic designers from Slovakia in an exciting artists exchange. Visitors to Globe City had the opportunity to view some of Slovakia’s foremost artists who have exhibited in art biennales around the world and won prestigious awards, equivalent to the Turner Prize here in the UK. The work, selected by curator Mira Keratova, presented a mix of ’socialist-reality’ and progressive contemporary graphic design expressing fundamental transformations undergone by this post-socialist state and new member of the EU (2004).
This ambitious project unveiled the exciting world of Slovakian contemporary visual art and suggested that there are even more reasons to visit Slovakia. The second part of this exchange, in November 2005 in collaboration with Hit Gallery and Billboart Gallery Europe in Bratislava, profiled UK artists Claire Davies, Richard Phipps, Andrew Hardy, Lynne Marsh and Francis Gomila who have, between them, achieved regional national and international status.