Faculty of mediation
Mediation is a form of interaction between a cultural institution and its visitors. It creates a space of contact space where the audience can enhance its sense of belonging, interest and need for artistic reflection.

Mediation is a respectful dialogue between all participants, regardless of their experience, views or age; it allows them to feel involved in contemporary culture and to be able to see everyday events in a new light. Mediation encourages visitors to experience an exhibition by themselves and then discuss it with a mediator in a chosen way.

Mediation is a profession. Our team has been trained at the V–A–C Department of Mediation. In addition to the mediators, we invite artists and experts in various fields to guest curate GES-2 exhibition tours.

Mediation at GES–2 is available in Russian and English, and also in Russian sign language (upon prior request). All mediation formats are free of charge.
Pre-registered tours
Pre-arranged group tours on particular topics. Prior registration allows mediators to take into account all the participants’ preferences and experience. The preferred number of tour participants is 8, including the mediator. Family tours are available for adults and children over 5 years old. Adult tours are recommended for those over 14 years old, but it is possible to discuss specific details with a mediator. Average tour duration is 1-2 hours.
Free mediation
Impromptu talks at GES–2. The format allows participants to choose the topic, length and format of the talk. Mediators can be recognized by their identification.
Mediators’ projects
There is a wide variety of interactions between mediators and visitors, including collaborative art practices, games and recreational facilities, joint publications, and much more. Mediators’ projects propose new ways of communicating with visitors and ways to involve them in the cultural process. The projects may run both inside and outside the GES–2 House of Culture, as well as online.
You will recognize mediators by their distinctive accessories
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