OPEN CALL | 12th edition of the Alternative Education Programme

Rupert is pleased to announce the open call for the 12th edition of the Alternative Education Programme, which will take place between 12 June and 22 November 2024.

The deadline for applications is 24 MARCH, 23:59 (EEST).

Rupert’s Alternative Education Programme (AEP) is a para-academic study programme embracing decentralised knowledge exchange, intersectionality and process-driven R&D. It seeks to expand the academic field by promoting self-study practices, peer learning and close relationships between participants and tutors. 

Each year, up to 9 participants are selected to take part in the programme, which provides them with the opportunity to develop their projects through a series of workshops, lectures, seminars, research trips, crit sessions and studio visits.  The programme maintains a close relationship between theory and artistic practice while recognising the importance of the ineffable, intuitive and numinous.

Rupert’s Alternative Education Programme is free and open for all, regardless of their background or current practice. While the programme should be the participants’ priority, it is conceived to be compatible (part-time) with other engagements, such as studies or work. The participants have a chance to engage with Rupert’s vibrant creative community—our residents, speakers, and guests—and have access to the network of the institution.


The 12th edition of the Alternative Education Programme is developed in partnership with Triangle-Astérides (FR), Performing Arts Forum (FR), Aikas Žado Laboratory at Žeimiai Manor (LT), Akee (LT), Contemporary City Festival Audra (LT) and Radio Vilnius (LT), Ola Radio (FR). 

In 2024 AEP will continue to explore the theme of Transgressions and Traversability. The juxtaposition of critical inquiry and peripheral knowledge will function as a malleable framework that will provide participants with the tools to develop their practice and think along the complexities and uncertainties of the contemporary world. 

The programme will be developed over six months from June to November in Vilnius (Rupert), Saint-Erme (Performing Arts Forum) and Marseille (Triangle-Astérides). The programme will be concluded with a final event in Marseille and Vilnius. 

During the time in Vilnius, the participants should expect to have a session each week in Vilnius and two sessions a week in Marseille. The session is usually split into two days and takes somewhere between 8 and 12 hours in total. The detailed schedule might vary and will be provided after the selection process. 

Selected participants are expected to be based in Vilnius and Marseille for the duration of the programme in Lithuania and attend at least 80% of the activities.


The 12th edition of the Alternative Education Programme will unfold in three stages:

  1. Programme in Vilnius from 12 June – to 27 September. During the time in Vilnius AEP will offer weekly and bi-weekly sessions, trips, crit sessions, studio visits and other activities led by different tutors and Rupert’s team. Selected participants will have an opportunity to present their works at the Art Program of Audra festival on 6-9 June in Kaunas and participate in Akee residency at the end of July in rural Lithuania. Rupert does not offer accommodation or international travel support at this stage
  2. Programme in France on 14 October – 4 November. Starting on 14-19 October at Performing Arts Forum and continuing at Triangle-Astérides 21 Oct – 4 Nov, culminating with the final event on 2 November at Triangle-Astérides. The participants will be provided with curatorial and limited financial production support. Rupert will provide accommodation at the Performing Arts Forum and Triangle-Astérides as well as reimburse travel within France
  3. Optional final event in Vilnius on 21-22 November, as part of Rupert’s main autumn event. The outcome of the final event at Triangle-Astérides will travel back to Vilnius and will be exhibited as part of the Public Programme. Rupert will cover the shipment of the artworks to Lithuania but will not be able to offer accommodation or travel support from France


Aikas Žado Laboratory at Žeimiai Manor, Ama Josephine Budge Johnstone, Billy Bultheel, Ceci Moss, Domas Noreika, Eglė Ambrasaitė, Hannah Rose Stewart, Laura Marija Balčiūnaitė, Lithic Alliance, Nabila Tavolieri, PRICE, Ren Loren Britton & Goda Klumbytė, Sara Sassanelli, Sarah Friend, Tom Clark, Vaida Stepanovaitė.


The 12th edition is curated by Tautvydas Urbelis.

Rupert’s activities are supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture

Sponsors: Vilnius City Municipality (Lithuania), Lithuanian Culture Institute (LT), Institut français (FR), Tech Zity (LT)


Each applicant is required to propose a project that they will develop during the programme.


The deadline for applications is 24 MARCH, 23:59 (EEST).

Design by Marijn Degenaar.

Rupert acknowledges the limitations of existing application formats and wishes to offer a more inclusive approach. If you are unable to complete some of the required fields or need any assistance, please email us at