Gallerist Master Course Spring Seminar: One-Medium and Single-Artwork Galleries: Getting Started, Challenges and Reception

Gallerist Master Course Spring Seminar ‘One-Medium and Single-Artwork Galleries: Getting Started, Challenges and Reception’ will take place on Thursday, March 31st. With the main focus on running one-medium and single-artwork galleries, the course will be led by experienced Lithuanian contemporary art experts Kristina Mizgirytė-Kryžauskė, gallerist of the (AV17) Gallery, and Aušra Trakšelytė & Milena Černiakaitė, gallerists of apiece gallery.


This half-day intensive seminar 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.


Organized by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) biannually since 2012, the Gallerist Master Course aims to provide participants with knowledge of the dynamics inside the art world. The course offers professional training in art management, curating, and gallery management for both practicing and novice art professionals.


The Gallerist Master Course Spring Seminar will be held at Kai Art Center (Peetri 12, Tallinn, Estonia), and the working language of the course is English.

Price per participant is 40€. You can register here.


Schedule of the Spring Seminar:


1pm–2pm: One-Medium Gallery – Challenges and Achievements

Lecturer: Kristina Mizgirytė-Kryžauskė

Established in 2011 by Kristina Mizgirytė-Kryžauskė, the (AV17) Gallery is the only Lithuanian gallery that exclusively exhibits contemporary sculpture, objects, and installation art. Her talk will address the challenges of establishing a private gallery focused on one medium in the emerging art market. Running the gallery includes the presentation of contemporary art to different audiences, encouragement of the perception and interest in it, and contributions to cultural policy and the economy.


2.30pm–4pm: Running a Single-Artwork Gallery: apiece Gallery Experience

Lecturers: Dr. Aušra Trakšelytė & Milena Černiakaitė
Dr. Aušra Trakšelytė and Milena Cerniakaite, founders and curators of the Lithuania-based gallery apiece, share their experiences initiating and running a single-artwork window gallery: the concept and implementation, curatorial issues, artist selection, funding, reviews, and critical feedback. During the presentation the lecturers will give a brief overview of their professional backgrounds, providing an insight into the context behind their journey towards becoming gallery founders. The lecture will also discuss the independent (non-profit) art scene in Lithuania and its dynamics, with a special focus on challenging issues such as social, economic, and art-political layers within the Lithuanian contemporary art infrastructure.


Lecturer Bios:


Kristina Mizgirytė-Kryžauskė (lives and works in Vilnius) is a director and founder of Vilnius-based (AV17) Gallery, focusing on contemporary sculpture, objects, and installation art. She studied art history at the University of Bologna and art administration and cultural policy at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to establishing (AV17) in 2011, Mizgirytė-Kryžauskė worked at Christie’s Auction House and White Cube Gallery in London.


Dr. Aušra Trakšelytė (lives and works in Vilnius) is an art researcher, independent curator, organizer of cultural events, and co-founder of the Vilnius-based apiece gallery, established in 2018. She holds a PhD from the Vilnius Art Academy, where she has been a lecturer for MA students since 2014. Trakšelytė has been active in the contemporary art field for nearly 20 years by writing articles, essays, and exhibition reviews, curating exhibitions, giving papers in conferences, and lecturing in Lithuania and internationally. She has participated in organizing the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 53th Venice Biennale, Manifesta 7 European Biennial of Contemporary Art, and has organized the culture platform KultFlux as well as the Vilnius Street Art festival.


Milena Černiakaitė (lives and works in Vilnius) is a designer, independent curator, and co-founder of the Vilnius-based apiece gallery, established in 2018. She has been active in the contemporary art field since 2015. She has worked as a producer for artist Visvaldas Morkevicius, in collaboration with whom Milena organized the international exhibition project and photo art publication ‘Public Secrets’. She was also one of the initiators of the internet-based as well as the offline digital project in Berlin. Additionally, Černiakaitė has launched the contemporary jewelry line ‘MISSHAPEN’.


The Gallerist Master Course Spring Seminar is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the Estonian Ministry of Culture.


From left: Milena Černiakaitė, Kristina Mizgirytė-Kryžauskė, Dr. Aušra Trakšelytė. Graphic design: Henri Kutsar