Was founded in 2009 as an integral part of Grad European centre for culture and debate. Established with an aim of promoting local contemporary art scene Gallery Grad has never undergone any specialization, maintaining openness for presentation of all dominate artistic genres, from visual to applied arts, and from design to contemporary theatre. However, opening its space for young emerging artists has always been Gallery Grad’s specialty. During the past decade, almost one half of over one hundred produced exhibitions were young artists debuts, some of them launched into the art scene from the gallery walls and recognized by the audience today. The open professional approach is embodied in the traditional Open call to artists, through which the International Jury selects exhibition proposals from the very beginnings of the gallery. Eleventh such call is currently opened to all artists to apply, while the tenth exhibition season is ongoing until the end of 2019. Besides this important dedication to young emerging artists Gallery Grad also hosts established creators of all generations, selected by the curator and art director as important participants of Yugoslav and Serbian art scene, whose contribution is sometimes unjustly overlooked or forgotten. A particular segment of the program consists of thematic exhibitions of contemporary art, organized sporadically and around a topic that was recognized as important at the moment, additional programs are also related to the gallery, such as Artist in Residence program, giving a comparative overview of creation of artists and curators from abroad, although the gallery always receives applications from artist living outside of Serbia. Contemporary multimedia approach, atypical media of expression, interactive qualities, important topics and critical engagement of authors are the backbone of the formation of Gallery Grad exhibition program, while the goal remains unchanged: creating a cross section of the contemporary art scene that has less and less space for free activity elsewhere.
Ljudmila Stratimirović is the founder and art director of Gallery Grad, Aleksandar Stojanović Luci is the curator and organizer. International Jury of Gallery Grad: Melissa E. Logan, visual artist and musician (Chicks on Speed), Imelda Ramović, graphic designer (Mireldy studio), Davor Bruketa (Bruketa & Žinić agency), Zvezdana Stojmirović, visual artist and professor at MICA University in Baltimore, Monika Lang, graphic designer and creator of Grad’s visual identity , Ljudmila Stratimirović, art director and Aleksandar Stojanović, curator.