Course Dates: Module I October 5 – 6 and Module II October 12 – 13, 2020. Modules III and IV will take place in spring 2021.
Deadline for applications: October 1, 2020.


Organized by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC), the fifth master course for gallerists will take place this autumn in Tallinn, offering professional training in art management, curating, and gallery management for both practicing and novice art professionals. The aim of the course is to provide participants with knowledge about the dynamics of the processes inside of the art world.


In the Master Course, taking place at Kai Art Center from October 5th to 13th, art and management specialists will provide participants with diverse knowledge of the international art world and its dynamics. Under the guidance of experienced experts Anna Goetz, Piia Kallas, and Maarin Ektermann, the participants will gain knowledge about various curatorial practices, learn time and self-management, and analyze recent exhibitions that challenge prevailing social narratives.


The 4-day intensive course is open to MA students who are interested in contemporary art or who have previously worked in the field of contemporary art, as well as to practicing gallerists, curators, art dealers, culture organizers, and artists. The working languages of the Gallerist Master Course are English and Estonian. Three graduates will have the opportunity to participate in ECADC’s International Internship Program in 2021.


Module I: Anna Goetz. Curatorial Practice and Decolonial Discourse

October 5 – 6, from 2.30 to 6pm


Contemporary art is global as much as local. It echoes local issues symptomatic of global dynamics. Its organization, however, is defined by institutionalized structures of power and constructs of thinking shaped by modernity and colonization. In the seminar, we will critically analyze different exhibitions or initiatives that try to deconstruct these institutionalized, hierarchical readings and include alternative narratives – this means handing over authority and giving the floor to other voices in order to involve their perspectives and individual experiences. Furthermore, we will openly discuss projects and approaches of our own, and thus, critically reflect on our positions within the art world infrastructure.
This seminar is in English.


Module II: Piia Kallas and Maarin Ektermann. How to Manage Yourself
October 12 – 13, from 2.30 to 6pm


Working life and professional self-fulfillment require constant mental fitness, flexibility, and the ability to cope with several projects in parallel while working with different people. In order to cope with all this, a person should get along well with themself, be able to consciously analyze themself, and understand the impact of their behavior on others. However, this kind of understanding does not only come from a rational standpoint, but also includes a holistic approach to the person, where both inner well-being and knowledge & skills that help to achieve better results are important. A better level of self-management – self-motivation, quick decision-making, coping with stress, not neglecting self-care – ensures better performance and greater satisfaction. This seminar pays special attention to time management, as well as to burnout and its prevention.
This seminar is in Estonian.


For the full course introduction please visit ECADC’s website.


Location: Kai Art Center, Peetri 12, Tallinn
Fee: Module I and II €100 / only one Module €60
The application form to register for the Gallerist Master Course can be found here.
Registration is open until October 1, 2020.

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The Gallerist Master Course is supported by the Estonian Academy of Arts, the European Regional Development Fund, and the Estonian Ministry of Culture.