Public presentation of the 7th Rupert Alternative Education Programme

Rupert kindly invites you to attend a public presentation of the 7th Rupert Alternative Education Programme which will take place on 4 February, from 6 pm at Vilnius Academy of Arts doctorate auditorium 102 (Malūnų str. 3, C1). During the event, the Programme curators will present this year’s programme and two alumni Augustas Serapinas and Justina Zubaitė will share their experiences from previous years. The event will be followed by a Q&A session. Entrance is free of charge, no registration required.

In the 7th Rupert Alternative Education Programme, we want to re-think issues in the international contemporary art field, while considering closely the local cultural sector. In the Programme, we will be asking, how can we use and share our creative and imaginative work? How can we not only actively participate, but also change the cultural environment, using our skills and the opportunities around us? Together with local and international guests speakers and mentors, we will discuss the importance of non-institutional art platforms and the practical issues in establishing and maintaining them. Drawing on a range of perspectives and experiences, the Programme will explore and develop the participant’s own ideas and projects.

The Programme is informed by the range of practices and backgrounds of the participants and guest speakers and the vitality of the programme is sustained by each participant being active in its development and direction. Participants will be part of Rupert’s vibrant creative community, which includes our residents, speakers and guests, as well as be able to attend our Public programmes of talks, events and exhibitions. This community and environment are invaluable resources in realising a project, especially when financial or other resources are tight. The Programme consists of public talks, workshops, seminars, events and studio visits of artists together with Lithuanian and international guests. Instead of one presentation at the end of the programme, the participants will develop and showcase their projects throughout the course of the programme, experimenting, experiencing and learning from what works or what doesn’t; ultimately, the aim is to recognise the importance of how projects may fail or take surprising directions

The para-academic nature of the Programme means that applicants are active participants of the programme, and so they can change its direction and momentum, while being instrumental to its development. The overarching theme of the Programme is a framework through which participants explore their particular interests and needs. While the Programme should be the participants’ priority, it is conceived so that participants can make it compatible with their other artistic activities, studies or work.

The 7th edition of the Alternative Education Programme is curated by the Rupert curatorial team (Kotryna Markevičiūtė, Adomas Narkevičius, Yates Norton) and coordinated by Adomas Narkevičius. This year lecturers and tutors will be Kate Cooper, Povilas Dikavičius, Victoria Ivanova, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Àngels Miralda Tena, Monika Kalinauskaitė and other local and international tutors which will soon be announced. Our guest speakers will offer the participants lectures, reading sessions, workshops, excursions, or involve them in informal conversations and discussions. The rest of the Programme will be created and curated by you – the participants.

Applications for the 7th Rupert Alternative Education Programme are due 15 February (midnight)

More about the Open call. 

Rupert Alternative Education Programme is FREE for participants. Rupert is partly funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Image: Anna Gritz’s lecture at Rupert, 2018, Evgenia Levin.