The Asylum Studio (Atelje Azil) is at once an artist-in-residence programme and the actual space where this programme is held. Located at the autonomous cultural centre Metelkova mesto and run by KUD Mreža Arts and Culture Association, the studio has been functioning since 2006. It is located in the attic of the building called Hlev, and is divided into a living and working space, with the latter sometimes also becoming a performing and exhibiting site.
It hosts artists of various aesthetic orientations, and is quite flexible in how long they can stay, with residencies usually lasting from a few weeks to up to three months. The artists who apply for a residency are encouraged and also assisted to cooperate with local artists, to run workshops and other public events, and naturally, to also present their work at various local venues.
The studio, founded together with the Art Center Prosenjakovci, has hosted artists from all over the world, including countries such as Great Britain, Sweden, Japan, Nicaragua and South Africa. Past residents include David Tshepo Maponyane and Domingo Pino Alcón, both of whom – in their own way – dealt with street art; the ethnomusicologist and musician Sunniva Skjøstad Hovde; and the dancer and choreographer Naoko Maeshiba.
As Metelkova comprises an array of clubs, organiszations, groups, artists, activists and visitors, a stimulating environment is guaranteed and the residents often collaborate with local artists and venues.