• Hangar 18
    The art space

The art space in the territory of former BelAZ repair shop is the large-scale project of Magnezit Group and the Sobranie Fund for city residents. Its main objective is global social education where new cultural experience becomes a driver of personal and urban development.

The conceptually new phenomenon for the Southern Urals was created by team of curators, designers and volunteers as a part of «My Satka» festival. The «Angar 18» project was presented on September 21 in the Magnezit museum.

A Part of Cultural Code

“Any exhibition, art project, art event gathers a community of people who care and are ready to devote their time and efforts to change the situation in place. Art, especially its modern forms, is a proactive force, an impulse for development of own creative processes. It gives a sense of presence of life, energy of place. We realized that culture can transform environment,” says the Sobranie Fund director Natalya Nikiforova.

A need has emerged to create a multifunctional platform for free creation and communication which will help to concentrate city’s cultural initiatives. The main idea of the project is to attract creative young people and to expand cultural horizons of local community which lacked artistic impressions for many years. 

Former shop of Magnezit plant is a part of Satka’s history and cultural code. Located within city, it has a large territory and is a best place for the revitalization.

Experts developed the strategy of urban transformations in 2016. The Hangar was a part of the analytical project “The Catalysts of Urban Transformations” supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA International), and the Swiss Center for Entrepreneurship involving consultants and architects from Germany. The project concept revealed the prospects of using and developing territory as a part of the main socio-cultural strategy of the district.  

New Formats

In the past few years, the Hangar has become a notable event location of Satka. Since 2013, its walls host annual celebrations of the Metallurgist Day – from club format to modern performances and symphonic shows. 

Energetic transformations started in autumn 2018. The first stage was transformation of the area surrounding the Hangar. 

“We wanted to explore the potential of the site and to summarize all ideas for its development, and thus, in early August, we organized the project seminar “Hangar 18: Territory of Opportunities” attended by architects Dmitry Barudin, Mikhail Labazov,” says architectural curator of the festival, designer Egor Larichev. “In addition to the development concept, we drawn up next year’s plan of “shock” territory humanization measures as a part of 2018 festival”.

Very flexible space interpretation allowed to expand the potential of each site near the Hangar and to take into account all conditions necessary for full-value pastime: a parking lot, recreational areas, a platform for open-air events.

The huge painting on the facade by Alexey Luchko (Luka), a Russian artist who participated in the second international street art festival “Satka Street Art Fest” was the first step to visual transformation of the territory. The side facade of the Hangar was chosen for graffiti by another participant of the street art festival, Dutch artist ZEDZ. ZEDZ also offered several color solutions to mark the territory around the Hanger. Lighting tower at the building entrance, industrial reels which demarcate the open-air events site, former Oxygen Booth which now became mobile street art gallery – all this is already turned into art objects according to ZEDZ’s project. 

Composition «Two Spirits» by Swiss sculptor Florian Graf, a participant of 4th Industrial Biennale in Yekaterinburg, also took place among the art objects of the territory. The matreshka-shaped sculptures of refractory concrete were made in the Innovative Products Department of Magnezit Group. The recreation area is supplement with the Rock Garden, materials for which were picked by experts in Satka surroundings.

Another event, «Pere-Satka», was held during the architectural marathon. Led by Vera Viktorovna Merker, director of the ChelSU botanic garden, a group of dendrologists and volunteers planted cherry-trees, apple-trees and rowan-trees that will become a part of “green navigation” within the Hangar territory.

Ideas of the first stage of the “space of new meanings” development were implemented in 18 days due to efforts of curators, designers and volunteers. In spring, the cultural centre «Hangar 18» will start hosting educational and artistic projects created by city residents. 

“We conceived the Hangar as a new culture territory to unite city activists and to form space for discussion and project activities, new formats and ideas. Such experience contributes to city dwellers’ motivation, increase of interest in participation in city life,” told the providers during the presentation. “By creating the Hangar, we want to form a common space for the nearby residents, for active city dwellers who come from other districts of the city, and for participants, experts, tourists from other cities.” 

Photos by Sergey Poteryayev, Denis Shakirov, Alexey Luchko, Alexander Andrievich.