Kladenské dvorky (The Little Yards of Kladno) were established in early 1980‘s. There was an enthusiastic group of artists with appetite to show their work to public. Kladenské dvorky was inspired by Prague exhibition Dvorky 81, later known as Malostranské dvorky (The Little Yards of Malá Strana). The very next year, the forerunner of Kladenské dvorky took place in Viktor Stříbrný’s garden as a Meeting in the garden. Viktor Stříbrný was an artistic blacksmith and an important person in Kladno’s cultural society.
It was mainly the performers of Atelier 74 art group who stood by the cradle and gave a foundation to the tradition of Kladenské dvorky - Viktor Stříbrný, Anna Tichá, Václav Frolík, Václav Černý, Jiří Hanke, Josef Vejvoda, Jana Gratzová and František Tomík, Václav Kestřánek, Alois Garamszegi, Miroslav Kubový and other artists mostly from Kladno and surrounding area.
The first year of Kladenské dvorky poper, took place in the inspiring area of the oldest part of Kladno – Podprůhon – in June 1983. The core was made of 25 artists exhibiting on 3 yards. Thanks to the production of Milan Petriščák and Klubko 55 the exhibiton was extended by musical and theatre performances. Over the years the open-air exhibition became a cultural phenomenon, going well beyond the region. There are dozens of yards and hundreds of artists. Among others, famous artists like Vála sisters, Vladimír Kokolia, Olbram Zoubek, Aleš Veselý etc.
The sculptor Kurt Gebauer, who was the founding member of original Little Yards of Malá Strana, also exhibited his work in Kladno.
Kladenské dvorky are still primarily built on the enthusiasm of artists regardless of the big names or professionalism. Every year owners open their yards to allow artists to show their work and for the public to see it.
Kladenské dvorky are organized by Spolek Podprůhon with help of City of Kladno.