Gallerist Master Course 2018

Gallerist Master Course 2018

Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC)

Gallerist Master Course 2016. Photo: Kadri Laas.

September 13, 2018
Gallerist Master Course 2018
October 1–11, 2018
Application deadline: September 24
Estonian Academy of Arts
Põhja puiestee 7
10412 Tallinn

This fall the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) is presenting the fourth edition of its Gallerist Master Course in Tallinn, Estonia, offering training for both practicing and emerging gallerists. Under the guidance of John Riepenhoff (The Green Gallery, Milwaukee), Hanna Laura Kaljo (independent curator, London), and Mathieu Borysevicz (BANK/MABSOCIETY, Shanghai), course participants will learn about various artist representation and gallery models, how to commission and develop projects with emerging and established artists, and get an in-depth insight into the contemporary Chinese art scene.  

This six-day intensive course will accept MA students with a demonstrated interest and/or experience in contemporary art, as well as practicing gallerists, arts and culture managers, and artists. 

The entire course will be conducted in English.

John Riepenhoff
How to Make a Green Gallery

October 1–2 
Established in 2003, The Green Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a special focus on representing conceptual art. The seminar will take the form of a case study on how to develop a sustainable gallery model and look at art world canons as potential tools for cultural expression and criticism. 

Hanna Laura Kaljo
Introduction to Contemporary Curatorial Practices

October 8–9
The seminar will consider concepts of collaboration, intimacy, care, and sustainability in relation to contemporary curatorial practice, and discuss the value of small-scale art organisations in supporting the very first, fragile stages of artistic ideas. We will unpack what constitutes research-led curatorial work and explore what might be the tools and responsibilities of the practice in the context of today’s global art economy. 

Mathieu Borysevicz
China, Glocalization and the Challenge to be Non-Conventional

October 10–11
This seminar will address the momentous changes in China’s contemporary art industry over the past two decades with a particular focus on the last five years, which have seen the explicit foregrounding of an international market. The course will also examine global shifts in the industry through a narration of BANK’s idiosyncratic journey from “curatorial studio” to conventional gallery model. 

Tuition: Full program 350 EUR / Single module 125 EUR

Participants will be responsible for their round-trip transport to and from Tallinn, accommodation, and living expenses during their stay.

The application form for the Gallerist Master Course 2018 can be downloaded here. 


John Riepenhoff is an artist, curator, and co-owner of The Green Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Milwaukee, USA. Riepenhoff is also a co-organizer of Milwaukee International and Dark Fairs, an inventor of artistic platforms for the expression of others, and regular food ideator. His recent exhibitions and curatorial projects have been presented in New York, London, and all around the States. 

Hanna Laura Kaljo is an Estonian curator based in London. She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College. With an interdisciplinary approach to methodology, she investigates how mind, body, and environment intersect. Between 2014-18, she was Co-Director of the curatorial studio Jupiter Woods, where she produced numerous exhibitions, discursive events, residencies, and off-site projects. Currently, she is collaborating with Northern Sustainable Futures, a centre for art and culture in Swedish Lapland. 

Mathieu Borysevicz is an artist, author, curator, and founder of BANK/MABSOCIETY based in Shanghai. Formerly international editor of Artforum in Shanghai, his writings have also appeared in many publications including his award winning books, Learning from Hangzhou and The Book about Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground. Prior to founding BANK (2013) he served as director of the Shanghai Gallery of Art, where he brought international superstars such as Paul McCarthy, Mika Rottenberg, Ryan Trecartin, and many others to China for the first time. 

The Gallerist Master Course has been made possible with generous help from Enterprise Estonia through grants endowed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Academy of Arts and the Ministry of Culture, Estonia.

Contact: Kadri Laas, Project Manager, kadri [​at​]

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