ARTISTERIUM is a Tbilisi annual International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Event organized by the Georgia-based non-governmental art organization Artisterium Association. The event is composed of international exhibitions, individual art projects, educational and cultural programs. ARTISTERIUM hosts the artists, artist groups, curators and art critics from around the world.
The previous projects of contemporary artists from Europe ignited a special interest from Georgian audiences. Due to the importance of introducing the Georgian contemporary art scene to internationally-crafted approaches to multimedia art-practice, the Artisterium aims at the creation of a platform for exchange, new insights and new approaches on the ever-shifting, ever-challenging state of contemporary art and culture.
ARTISTERIUM is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. International culture organizations functioning in Tbilisi, such as British Council, French Institute, and Goethe Institute have partnered with the event since its establishment in 2008.
Other partners and sponsors of the ARTISTERIUM since 2008 include: Embassies of Poland (2009-2017), The Netherlands (2009-2010), Estonia (2010), the USA (2008-2017), Israel (2013-2014); Japanese Foundation (2011), European Cultural Foundation (2010, 2012, 2013), Open Society Institute (2010, 2013), Culture Ireland (2009-2014), Kultur Schmiede (2010), SEAS black/north (2010), Intecult (2010), Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art (2009-2010), Wales Arts International (2011, 2014), Nine Dragon Heads, Korea (2009-2017), Pro Helvetia (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), Parsons the New School for Design, (2012, 2017), Berkshire Taconic (2014), PhotoEssey (2014), 0FRAME, visual art Finland (2015), Central National al Dansului (2016), Kunst und Kultur (2016), FRAUEN Kultur Buro New (2017); Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2017, )Meidan Group (2009-2013), Okami Wine (2009,2010), Goodwill Catering (2010), Teliani Valley Wine (2010), Silknet (2011), Beeline (2011), Outdoor Typography (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013), Mtatsinda Park (2013) and International Tobacco Foundation (2013); Tbilisi State Museum of Georgian Literature, Dedicace Gallery, Container Gallery, Gallery Nectar, Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi History Museum, State Museum of Georgian Literature, Europe House, Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, Art-Villa Garikula, New Art Union.