What the participants say about their experience at ECA...
The opportunity to learn about the "behind the scenes" of the Venice Biennale was invaluable.The Academy nurtured in me the will to pursue a professional experience within the Biennale one day. We studied in an environment full of warmth and joy. It could not have been better!
Maria Teresa Tavares
Arts and Cultural Management student,
University of Melbourne
Professionals shared the secrets of the trade in a personal setting and we were challenged to try ourselves in a group exercise. The programme also includes a visit to the Biennale, to local workshops, which makes the week intense, but also fun and very rewarding.

Hisham Tawfeeqi
Architect, Lebanon
The dynamic relationships and exchange of ideas with fellow students is very valuable. The course gave me a sense of validation and calm regarding the direction of my career and personal path through the world of art and culture.

Jocelyn Burke
Art lover
The networks I was able to create during last summer's course at the European Cultural Academy have enabled me to put together my first exhibition in Amsterdam, just as much as the exhibitions I viewed and all the knowledge I gained in Venice have.
Andreas Mittermayr
ECA is an awesome experience for beginners and professionals alike. Beginners can get first-hand insights into the industry of visual arts premium events, and professionals get access to a wide network and can position their work in a global context.
Lana Pavlovic Aleksic
At the European Cultural Academy I completed all three weeks of the Contemporary Art and Venice Biennale courses in Venice, Italy in August 2017. As a graduate student currently working towards getting my masters in Arts Management, I jumped at the opportunity to study in Venice. After I learned about the course through The Jealous Curator. The experience was amazing and I loved every second of it. Maria and Alex are extremely dedicated to the programme and have created an in-depth curriculum for individuals seeking to improve their knowledge in the fields of contemporary arts and museum management.
Courtney Cardini
Master student at The American University of Rome
Of course, in Venice everything is amazing, but the week of this programme made it even better. We were in for an interesting series of lectures that gave an insight into the art world and the structure of the Venice Biennale.
The lectures were mixed with activities, and hands on assignments that got the group even more involved and made an intense week very enjoyable aswell.
The group consisted of an unlikely collection of a wide variety of participants, people I would not have met otherwise, but from whom I have learnt a lot.

Highly recommended for anyone working or wanting to work in the field of art!
Karina Palosi
Artist, the Netherlands
What the team says...
Academics, researchers and other experts from the art world present different perspectives and critical contemporary issues that confront professionals today. In addition, we visit relevant exhibitions and cultural institutions in Venice, the Biennale included.

Rene Rietmeyer, program curator
Rietmeyer is president of the European Cultural Centre. And is an artist best known for his own art form of the "Boxes", stimulated by American minimal art and the so-called new abstraction. He has organised events with artists such as Yoko Ono, Lawrence Weiner, Hermann Nitsch, Marina Abramovic and Mike Parr.
Venice is THE destination of 2019. You will be among the first to discover new talents and review projects from the most important contemporary artists in the world. Visit the Venice Art Biennale, study in a historic Venetian palazzo, and meet an international creative crowd!

Maria Nekrasova
Academy Director
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