Artist-run: practice and theory, 7,5 credits (Summer course 2021)

Course leaders: Alice Máselníková and Andreas Ribbung Self-organised, artist-run art initiatives – initiatives run by artists – are characteristic of their non-institutional way of organisation, flat hierarchy and often experimental formats. They comprise a widespread and important part of the contemporary art scene, yet the general awareness of their function in the art sector remains low. How do you run an artist-run space? What do you need to know for it to succeed and grow? And how does the artist-run scene look around the world? In this hands-on course combining theory and practice you will learn how to start your own artist-run initiative and get the opportunity to present it to the public.

Artist-run: practice and theory provides an introduction to the practical skills and theoretical issues of the self-organised art scene. The course gives an overview of the key concepts and formation of the artist-run sector, and develops the capacity to navigate within the contemporary international artist-run scene and manage an artist-run initiative.
With presentations by invited art professionals on the international cooperation of self-organised activities, their work methods and shared visions.
As a part of the course the students develop their own artist-run initiative, following a workshop with introduction to all practical matters of running an artist-run project: programme development, curatorial approaches, organisational forms, fundraising, logo and branding, press, work with social media, newsletters, event listings and connecting locally and internationally. The results will be presented at Supermarket 2021 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair.

The course is led by Alice Máselníková and Andreas Ribbung, two practicing artists and curators/organisers with long experience in working in the artist-run sector (Artist-Run Network Europe, Candyland, Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Flat Octopus and Artists' Initiatives Meetings Network). Organised in cooperation with Candyland and Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair.

The course is a part of Artist-Run Network Europe (ARNE), a European project with focus on artist-run initiatives co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. ARNE strengthens the self-organised artist-run sector in Europe with focus on local and international cooperation hosting a range of activities, including exhibitions, conferences, workshops and lectures. Among others, the project will involve students from HDK Berlin, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Berlin School of Popular Arts and the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague.

Intended learning outcomes

- Work in project planning, organisation- and production processes within the artist-run sector.
- Apply practical knowledge in curating an exhibition or exhibition programme.
- Describe concepts and the background of the artist-run sector.
- Navigate within the different types of artist-run initiatives around Europe and internationally.
- Account for different forms of grant applications and ways to start and run an association.
- Reflect upon common motivation, issues, goals and questions of the artist-run sector.
- Analyse the different approaches and methods of working within the artist-run sector.
- Reflect on their own and others' strategies and how one's own artistic practice can be expanded through self-organisation.

Entry requirements
At least 60 credits in Art, Crafts, Design, Curation, or other subject relevant for the course. And, proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English 6 / English B.

The selection between eligible applicants is based on applicants' letter of motivation and relevant experience.

Course period: 14 June - 22 August 2021
Study pace:
50% of full time studies
Course syllabus in English
Course syllabus in Swedish
The course is taught in English
Maximum amount of participants: 15
Teaching form: Mixed (On-Campus and Distance/Digital)


How to apply!

Apply at ( for Swedish speaking applicants):

When applying to Konstfack you submit an online application to the Swedish central application website, and upload supporting documents.
( for Swedish speaking applicants)

- upload qualifications to support the entry requirements
At least 60 credits in Art, Crafts, Design Curation, or other subject relevant for the course. And, proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English 6 / English B.

- upload letter of motivation and CV for the selection
Letter of motivation, max 1 A4 page, and CV with listed relevant experience -
(upload as 1 PDF file, name your PDF-file "Motivation_CV.pdf")