Julie is a London-based emerging Arts manager/Curator whose interests lie in the notion of culture and identity formation. She has received her Arts Management training in Budapest at IBS/Oxford Brookes and later worked for various organizations in Eastern Europe and Asia. She has written extensively on contemporary art and the issues surrounding the sector. Julie is a proud multilingual and an avid traveler.
The nature of Julie’s residency was two-fold. The first part focused on developing her art administrative skills, improving organizational efficiency, and delivering a series of workshops geared towards artists; the second on working alongside artists and cultural managers. She also made studio visits, conducted interviews and acquainted herself with the contemporary Serbian art scene. Julie’s curatorial approach is rooted in the formation of a dialogue, fostering the creation of long-lasting bonds. During her residency, Julie has had the opportunity to interview different organizations associated with contemporary art in Belgrade.
Julie was also in charge of redesigning the organizations’ online identities – Center424 and Belgrade A.I.R. She provided the organization with valuable advice on funding, nonprofit management, and other issues affecting arts organizations. She revamped the residency programs and managed social media as part of Belgrade A.I.R’s new marketing strategy. In addition, she oversaw artist-in-residence Kiefer Marien’s project, providing him with guidance during the development of his ideas.
During the second half of her residency, Julie gave presentations and workshops at Centre 424. During these events, artists were asked to share their views and preconceptions on particular issues facing local artists. The topics covered included:
- Funding for Artists
- Website and Social Media
- How to Approach Art Galleries
- Artist-in-Residence Programs
In her spare time, Julie visited other parts of Serbia, took Chinese lessons and indulged in tasty traditional Serbian food.
“I am absolutely delighted to have been given the fantastic opportunity of undertaking a residency with Belgrade A.I.R. Not only did I work alongside talented local and international artists, but I also gained valuable insight into the sociocultural situation of Serbia, which was a completely new cultural context to me.
I would describe my experience as transformative and enlightening. The residency has contributed to my professional development on many levels. I am grateful for all the wonderful artists I met who kindly opened their studios to me.
The residency offered an immersive look into the local art scene. Although the market is still in its infancy, Serbian artists have true talent and dedication to their work. I’ve come to realize that all art scenes in Eastern and Southeastern Europe are intrinsically different and Serbia is no exception. While spaces to exhibit contemporary art are lacking and institutions are few, artists have taken the initiative to create opportunities themselves. New artist-run organizations have opened in recent years, challenging curatorial concepts and experimenting with new ways of engaging with contemporary art. Ostavinska galerija is an example of this recent phenomenon.”
Should you need any advice about funding, managing your career and/or online identity, Julie gives art consultancy for non-profit organizations and artists online or in-person. Email above.