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2015.06.12 Fri, by

Deadline: 11 July 2015
Start programme: November 2015

de Appel arts centre is now accepting applications for the fourth edition of the Gallerist Programme running from November 2015 to July 2016.

Gallerist Programme
The Gallerist Programme is a professional development programme for young art professionals aspiring to work in the gallery field. The programme was initiated in 2012, and combines de Appel arts centre’s expertise in organising its Curatorial Programme since 1994, with the Fair Gallery’s initiative to examine and create new forms of collaboration between galleries in an increasingly expanded field of operation. The Gallerist Programme is founded on the principle that the relationship between gallerist and artist is the gallery’s principal capital and the driving force of its operations.

The Gallerist Programme consists of several intense sessions filled with workshops, lectures, seminars, studio visits and encounters with international gallerists and other art professionals. It expands on trajectories, methodologies and ideas specific to ‘trade’, which are not covered and perhaps even neglected within academic and experimental curatorial programmes that focus on the ’public’ side of art. The sessions take place in nine months at different locations around the globe, occasionally linked to events such as art fairs and gallery weekends. Previous sessions have taken place in Amsterdam, Basel, Hong Kong, London, Paris, São Paulo and Warsaw.

Each session focuses on different issues, such as ‘the gallery as a living archive,’ ‘dealing with performance,’ ‘collecting from public to private and vice versa,’ or ‘the current position of midscale galleries.’ Throughout the programme, de Appel arts centre provide the guidance and framework through which the participants can investigate specific research topics over the course of five meetings. The curriculum takes into account the critical balance between the artistic and business objectives that the gallerist will be confronted with. It will offer case-studies of exceptional gallery exhibitions from past to present; it will reflect on the nature of relationships with artists, collectors, institutions and notions of success and failure both from an artistic and business point of view; furthermore it includes courses dealing with the administrative practicalities which are the backbone of a gallery’s operations.

Final project
Each year, the programme culminates in a final project at LISTE Art Fair Basel, where the participants team up to create a booth for a temporary gallery. LISTE, an important partner of the Gallerist Programme, is the leading international art fair for young gallery owners, and takes place annually alongside Art Basel.

Who can apply? 
The Gallerist Programme starts in November 2015 and admits a maximum of 10 participants. The selection of the candidates will take place in September 2015 with deadline for application 11 July 2015. de Appel arts centre and the Fair Gallery are interested in candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences. A successful candidate has some preliminary experience working and engaging in the art field. The programme is also intended for individuals who have not yet anchored themselves in the commercial field, but are curious in investigating its ramifications.

How to apply? 
The deadline for application is 11 July 2015. We encourage applicants to apply with a specific research topic or issue in mind. For more information concerning the application process, please refer to de Appel arts centre.


de Appel arts centre is an internationally orientated arts centre located in Amsterdam. Since 1975 it has functioned as a site for the research and presentation of contemporary visual art through exhibitions, publications and discursive events. Since 1994 de Appel has hosted a nine month long Curatorial Programme.

The Fair Gallery is a collaboration between four international galleries (gb agency, Paris; Hollybush Gardens, London; Jan Mot, Brussels, Raster, Warsaw). With its artistic choices and its specific programme, the Fair Gallery experiments with the potential and the limits for a new format of galleries, while investigating opportunities for collaboration.

Advisory committee: 
Peter Blaüer (director, LISTE)
Jennifer Flay (director, FIAC)
Annet Gelink (director Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam)
Teresa Gleadowe (curator, writer and editor)
Amadeo Kraupa-Tuskany (director Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin)
Zhang Wei (director Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing)