The cultural center Farmstudio is located in the Kokořínsko nature reserve on a unique former farm built in the beginning of the 19th century in the village of Vysoká. It provides space for creative residencies, symposia, courses, workshops, festivals, open air art school events, as well as musical, theater and dance training camps, and other events from the sphere of contemporary culture (such as photography, painting, spatial works, performance, site-specific works, ergotherapy, alternative lifestyles, etc.) Apart from organizing their own exhibition program and events, Farmstudio offers space to other cultural subjects.
Farmstudio’s main spheres of activity are found in contemporary, non-mainstream art, the preservation of historical legacy (renovation and reconstruction), physical labor (considered a worthwhile activity in and of itself), cultivation of fruit (community growing and fruit drying), autonomy, openness, cooperation, and confrontation. The association collaborates with the initiative Alternativa pro Vysokou and the Vysoká Sokol and also publishes the Farmstudio Journal. The association supports the fostering of relationships and the residents’ shared responsibility to the place where they live, and also brings new stimuli from the super-regional and international cultural spheres. Farmstudio was founded in 2014 by Pavel Matela and continues with the support of the association Farmstudio – Center for Art and Culture, which was founded at the beginning of 2018.