Basic Training of Visual Arts Exhibition Management

Apik © Goethe-Institut Indonesien

Basic training in visual arts exhibition management with experts in Indonesia for aspiring and emerging exhibition makers, managers, and producers

Goethe-Institut Indonesien is offering a training program on exhibition making for up to 30 aspiring and emerging exhibition makers, managers, and producers in Indonesia. Developed specifically for the Indonesian contemporary visual arts context, several learning modules will be delivered through online lectures, tasks, discussions and face-to-face meetings with mentors, topped off by a final workshop in Jakarta.

Spurred by the rapid development of the Indonesian art scene in the last ten years, organizational work has become increasingly important. Although incorporated into the work practices of curators, artist collectives and independent institutions, visual arts exhibition organization has not been widely discussed as an independent profession with its own distinct challenges. In the realm of cultural education and discourse, and as a cultural organization with global reach, Goethe-Institut has been prolific for many years in bringing forward programs in the field of cultural management with various initiatives and formats adopting international and local contexts.
Co-developed with curator and exhibition maker Leonhard Bartolomeus, the program seeks to nourish a deeper knowledge of the profession with different practical modules covering management, production, and communication. Over the course of the program, you will explore a multitude of issues concerning structure and organization, funding and cooperation, public communication, audience development, production, logistics and maintaining a balanced work environment. The program itself is divided into two stages:

1) September until November 2019

Mandatory online classes consisting of video lectures, task assignments, as well as live discussion and mentorship with Indonesian experts from Museum MACAN, Jakarta Biennale, Serrum, Ace House Collective, and Komunitas Salihara. Participants are obliged to successfully complete this stage before joining the final workshop.

2) December 2019

Intensive workshop in Jakarta with comprehensive insights from Indonesian and German experts on exhibition related issues as well as arts programs in general. In this direct encounter, participants are expected to reflect on and discuss their own situations, approaches, and challenges when making exhibitions in their hometowns.
Selected participants will receive the opportunity to complete an internship with different institutions and communities within Goethe-Institut Indonesien’s network in 2020.

Highlights of APIK:

  • Specific and handy knowledge and experiences: practical insights of exhibition-making that can be applied easily in professional development
  • Exclusive mentorship sessions and intimate training with established and experienced practitioners and academics from Indonesia and Germany
  • Meeting other participants from all over Indonesia and learning from each other
  • Further possibility of internship in Indonesia and Germany.


  • At least 20 years of age
  • Living and working in Indonesia; priority is given to applicants living and working outside the main cultural hubs (Jakarta, Bandung, and Yogyakarta)
  • Working in arts (mainly in visual arts but also open to other fields) with minimum 2 years of experience or prior involvement in 3 projects
  • Final year students, independent cultural workers, as well as those affiliated with an organization, community or institution are welcome 



Please send the following documents to Maya, Cultural Program Coordinator at Goethe-Institut Indonesia: maya.maya@goethe.de at the latest by Sunday 21 July 2019, 23:00 Jakarta time.
Filled-in application form in Indonesian. Downloadable in here.
The selection for this program will be made by a committee consisting of Goethe-Institut Indonesien, Leonhard Bartolomeus, and Agung Hujatnikajennong. We will inform you about the selection results by email at the latest on 13 August.