Economic partnership promoting capacity building for contemporary arts from the Philippines

Gallery Zimmermann-Kratochwill in Graz/Austria
Key objectives of the measure:
  • development and strengthening of the art market for contemporary arts from the Philippines through the promotion of international networking between art galleries, curators and collectors
  • strengthen the professional and international capacities of the Philippine art market
  • contribute to the professional and artistic development of artists who critically address social, political and economic issues
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This three-year project promotes an economic partnership between art galleries and cultural institutions based in Austria and the Philippines, in particular activities offering visual artists from the Philippines to enter new markets, present their works to new audiences and establish international contacts through the cooperation.

Concrete measures, implemented in the Philippines, include:

  • qualification measures for 15 artists who critically address social, political and economic issues, aiming to increase their income and international contacts through cooperation with the participating galleries, and therewith strengthen their working conditions and career development opportunities;
  • qualification measures for cultural workers/employees of art institutions, active in the field of contemporary visual arts;
  • capacity building on institutional level via dialogue and networking measures addressing national and international galleries, curators and collectors, in cooperation with local galleries, art museums and the responsible ministry;

The project is developed and implemented by Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, a gallery for contemporary art located in Graz/Austria, who established a local branch together with local partners in Manila. In addition to exhibition space, the gallery also offers ateliers and lodging to artists. The project will also strengthen its capacities as an art centre, information and communication platform for contemporary Philippine art (in particular installations and videos) and a partner for international galleries, museums and collectors.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:
  • involvement of 40 local cultural institutions and companies, including museums, art auction houses, fair organizers, carpenters and frame makers, printing houses, restaurants, and hauliers;
  • 30 individuals benefit directly from the project, including artists, art authors, and employees of art institutions;
  • creation of 6 additional jobs;
Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Funding: EUR 180.000