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History

Jam Factory Art Center is located in the industrial site of neo-Gothic style with a rich history, from Joseph Kronik’s alcohol producing factory (since the second half of the 19th century) to the workshop for processing vegetables and fruits in Soviet times, where the “Jam Factory” name has come from, that builds connotations with experiments and creativity.

At the initiative of cultural philanthropist Harald Binder, in 2015, Harald Binder Cultural Enterprises (HBCE) purchased the complex to create a multidisciplinary art space. This occurred when the Jam Factory Art Center was established, whose institutional activity began at the end of 2017.

Since 2018, the team has been working on the art center strategy, in particular its organizational development – creation of a contemporary art institution, and on the architectural project for the renovation of the former factory premises.

1872

Kronik and Son

The history of the building, which we now call the Jam Factory, can be traced back to 1872, when an enterprise for the spirits production was opened on the premises. Since then, further transformations of the building begin, which are directly associated with the entire dynasty of the Jewish family of Kroniks, owners of the distillery.

1939

End of the Dynasty

During World War II, Kroniks’ trace gets lost; however, it is known that in 1941, when a Jewish ghetto was formed on the territory of Pidzamche, the Factory remained outside, since the building is located next to important transport links. What happened to the factory during the Nazi occupation is still the least explored part of its history.

1970s

Soviet Transformation

During the Soviet period of its existence, the neo-Gothic factory gets its well-known name. In the 1970s, the premises were converted to a vegetable base, and then to a vegetable processing workshop of the Gifts of Nature cannery, but among the locals it persisted as the Jam Factory. Besides jam, they also made tomato paste, preserved mushrooms and packed honey.

2000s

Art & Jam

For a little over than a decade after the Soviet Union collapsed, production stopped and the factory closed. Soon after that, it has found its new owner. Since then, the Jam Factory has repeatedly opened its doors for cultural and artistic initiatives. In 2015, a new page was turned with its full-fledged transformation into an art center.

2021

Implementing Visions of the Future

In 2019, revitalization works begin on the historical buildings of the Factory. The completion of large-scale transformations and opening of the Jam Factory Art Center space is expected in the fall of 2021.