Beyond the wonders of the physical space, the stone staircase, or Skalinada, is a portal that cuts across time and space linking diverse paths, stories and spaces travelled. A portal of inspiration that stands on a solid rock upon the silent sea – where imagination can access new heights and discover new depths. This piece of land is special, reflecting the classic simplicity of the seaside town, while adding to it a contemporary vibe which promises to stir the creative spirit.
A classical Mediterranean and minimalist space, designed to embrace established visual artists, far and near, to practice art – without distraction from the roving world. We hope to provide the artist a period of rest, recreation and reflection – inspired by varied aspects of life – from the waves to the stone, from past to present. Mostly, we are looking ahead with our combined paths. The vision for this new artistic initiative is simple – to nurture individual creativity and infuse it with our collective artistic production, with the gusto to explore and express. To give back to the quiet seaside community of Omišalj so it thrives on the ebb and flow of our shared lives.
SKALINADA was founded in july 2017 and is a self-funded artist-in-residence programme that offers a free space to the artist, to live and work. In a sweet exchange for their stay, we request for the artists to leave behind a trace of their time at the house. Typically this may come in the form of a site-specific piece that will find a permanent home inside the house. The future for Skalinada – to house a unique art collection that reflects the various artists-in-residence who have spent time with us, a house curated with contemporary visual art illustrating potent minds, embalmed with the glitter of imagination. After an artist completes the residency programme, we will open the house as an gallery so the artist can exhibit and share his or her works for that specified period of time.
Piera Ravnikar has been actively working in the area of contemporary and urban culture for the past 15 years. Ever-passionate about art and culture, she has collaborated with many artists and collectives working in the areas of multimedia, visual and performing arts, building an impressive catalogue of contemporary art. Championing for global change and culture through the arts, she has worked extensively with various international organisations, as well as with arts and media companies at the forefront of contemporary taste. She is now working for the Centre for Urban Culture Kino Siska as a Artistic Programme Manager and DobraVaga Gallery Manager, and is also active with projects such as MENT Ljubljana, LIMITED EDIT111ONS and Independent Platform New York City. Piera holds an MA in Modern History from the University of London, specializing in Ottoman Empire in the Balkans, and EU Diploma in Cultural Management Marcel Hicter, Brussels.
Mina Fina graduated in 2002 from the Department of Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) in Ljubljana. During her studies, she received two awards for typographic excellence from TDC New York. She received the ALUO Award for Excellence for final degree piece, as well as the Brumen Award. Lately, she has been exploring drawing, animation and video. She has released several original artistic publications, zines and artist’s books, and has published two print series in co-operation with the International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC). The first was presented in 2012, and the second was featured in a solo exhibition entitled Včasih nič, včasih kaplja čez rob / This mess we’re in. Her work was displayed within the Zine Vitrine exhibition programme at the DobraVaga Gallery, and she participated in the Off the Hook exhibition (UGM Maribor and Neurotitan Gallery Berlin), Neki piše (Vodnik Homestead) and Zines! Contemporary Zine Production (MGLC) group exhibitions. She is a member of the Ee design group, as well as the YGT (Your Gay Thoughts) audio-visual collective.
Skalinada house was designed by architects Aleš Žnidaršič and Katja Žlajpah from the Multiplan Studiobased in Ljubljana, Slovenia. While performing the architectural fulfillment of an empty space they always take into consideration the values of the past, homage to environment as well as modern architectural views. Clear idea, simple and comprehensible forms, indubitable structures are their leading principles. The focus of their practice is to work interdisciplinary involving different profiles of collaborators, trying to stay in constant relation between present reality and its local identity. The bureau’s work is present in their homeland Slovenia as well as abroad. They draw attention especially through many national and international prizes they have achieved with their projects answering to different calls of tenders.
Rok Mar completed visual communication studies at Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana (ALUO). As multidisciplinary designer and art director he works with various slovene cultural and art institutions, collaborates with many artsits and organizations. As a collaborator in a duo olgafacesrok he exibited in places like Milk gallery in Istanbul, Palais de Tokyo in Paris and M CONTEMPORARY IN SYDNEY. As a graphic designer he enriched the works of many Slovenian artists. He designed visual identity for several State celebrations. He is a cofunder of olgafacesrokproject in which he explores modern jewelry and objects, new technologies, particulary 3D printing. OfR got the attention of the industry when their Winter Garden and Lucid Dream collections were picked by Masha Ma to be shown at the Paris Fashion Week. Since then, their work has been featured in numerous editorials, they were chosen among 10 jewellery finalists in the 13th international competition ITS in Trieste, Italy, and received Elle Style Award for best accessory designer in 2014.
Skalinada house is based inOmišalj, one of the oldest living towns in the Croatian island of Krk. The town itself is built on a cliff about 80 metres above the sea beholding glorious vistas over Kvarner bay. The old city centre has a rich cultural heritage with monuments and architecture that speak of a medieval past. There are no vehicles in the old part which makes it a delight for city-walkers to wander carefree. On the main square, one will find a large parish church of the Assumption with a bell tower, the city’s Lodge and the Chapel of St. Helen. Residential homes, with arched entrances, balconies and external staircases, characteristic of Krk island, lend faithfully to its old-fashioned charm.
The Island of Krk is located in the northern part of Croatia, in the Kvarner Bay. A number of distinct characteristics make this island unique. With its intact relief, it offers a number of possibilities for an active vacation, as well as relaxation next to the crystal clear sea. It has rich Mediterranean vegetation and climate with long and warm summers and mild winters. It is also worth mentioning that the Island of Krk is one of the sunniest parts of Europe, with no less than 2500 sunny hours in the year!
The Island of Krk is a part of the Central Europe, only 20 km removed from Rijeka, a traffic hub with daily train departures towards many European capitals. It is connected with the mainland by the Krk Bridge (Croatian: Krčki most) built in 1980, and an airport located in Omišalj. All things considered, the Island of Krk represents a unique tourist destination, one easily accessible from any direction.