ART STAYS offers an artist in residence programme and organizes the International Festival of Contemporary Art, which has been the central visual art event in the region of Ptuj, Slovenia, since 2003. Each year a wide and representative international panorama of artists and contemporary visual art exhibitions and events paves the way for new projects and international collaborations.
More than 120 artists from 28 countries have participated in the Art Stays International Festival of Contemporary Art until today. The festival, which consists of an artist-in-residence programme for international artists, numerous events and lectures, as well as a group of month-long exhibitions, was visited by over 10.000 contemporary artists, curators, collectors, experts and art lovers in 2010.
The festival’s diversity guarantees a bright future for ART STAYS and the open-minded city itself, especially in a time when Ptuj is a partner town in the European Capital of Culture 2012 project.
ART STAYS is one of the most active contemporary art institutions in Slovenia today. Since 2003, ART STAYS and its International Festival of Contemporary Art has played a leading role in bringing an international vibrancy to the city’s art scene, showing for the first time in Slovenia the works of artists such as Leo Ferdinand Demetz, Elisa Rossi, Kensuke Koike, Angelo Volpe, Igor Molin, Raphael Di Luzio, Florian Langemaack, Tim Roeloffs, Marek Schovanek, Sissa Micheli, Peter Wehinger and many others.