ABOUT APT INSTITUTE
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF APT INSTITUTE?
APT Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 by Artist Pension Trust® in response to the needs among contemporary artists for global exposure and recognition of their artworks. With a multifaceted approach, APT Institute weaves together art world professionals and their organizations into its network of leading curators and contemporary artists for targeted collaborations and interactions that mutually benefit the APT art community in particular and the art world at large.
WHAT IS APT INSTITUTE'S RELATIONSHIP WITH APT, THE ARTIST PENSION TRUST?
APT Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 by Artist Pension Trust® (APT). Both entities work together hand in hand. APT Institute's initiatives are designed to mutually benefit the APT art community in particular and the art world at large. APT provides APT Institute access to the largest global contemporary art collection, comprising 10,000 artworks of 2,000 artists; and APT artists and curators form the basis of APT Institute's network of contemporary artists and curators.
HOW CAN MY ORGANIZATION PARTNER OR COLLABORATE WITH APT INSTITUTE?
We are always looking to further our mission with organizations that share our vision and we are open for suggestions for initiatives at any time. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN WHICH COUNTRIES DOES APT INSTITUTE OPERATE?
With artists from over 75 countries all over the globe, APT Institute connects and operates worldwide.
DOES APT INSTITUTE ACCEPT ARTWORKS?
APT Institute is not involved in the selection process of artworks that APT artists deposit into the trusts. It is dedicated, however, to the global exposure and the promotion of the artworks in the trusts. If you would like to join APT, you may apply directly on-line through the APT website. Please ensure that you complete all the information, as this will determine the final decision of acceptance.
WHAT IS APT'S RELATIONSHIP WITH GALLERY OWNERS?
Over 90 percent of APT artists are represented by leading galleries around the world; galleries often recommend APT to their artists as a means of planning future security. Galleries support us in our cause since they understand the importance of the future security value that we provide for artists.
In addition to supporting the artist, APT promotes each artist’s representing gallery to our international audience of collector/institutions through promotional events, public relations, and direct routes from our website to the gallery’s homepage. Thus, the artist can benefit from both the gallery and APT.
The gallery is a source of present income and APT is concerned with future income: this provides the artist with the best strategy to diversify the risk.
DO I NEED TO SIGN UP/REGISTER IN ORDER TO USE APT INSTITUTE SERVICES?
Yes. It is complimentary but you need to register online in order to access My Gallery. You can register directly on-line through the APT Institute website.
HOW CAN I DONATE TO OR SUPPORT APT INSTITUTE?
For support and donor information, please contact us at email@example.com.
IS APT INSTITUTE A REGISTERED NONPROFIT? IF SO, IN WHAT COUNTRIES?
Legally named APT Nonprofit Institute Inc., APT Institute is a not for profit corporation, incorporated under the jurisdiction of the State of Delaware, USA.
HOW IS APT INSTITUTE FUNDED?
APT Institute is funded through contributions and grants made to support the objectives of APT Institute which are to meet the needs among contemporary artists for global exposure and recognition of their artworks.
CAN I INTERN/VOLUNTEER AT THE APT INSTITUTE?
APT Institute is always looking for long-term interns/volunteers who are ardent art enthusiasts. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, telling us a little about yourself and your interests, and we will reply as soon as possible.
WHAT IS ARTIST PENSION TRUST?
Artist Pension Trust® (APT) offers both long-term financial security and international exposure to select artists around the world based on a unique tailor-made financial model.
APT has the largest global collection of contemporary art, comprising 10,000 artworks from 2,000 select artists in 75 different countries. With additional commitments totaling 40,000 artworks, the collection is growing by more than 2,000 each year, as artworks are deposited by artists chosen by APT’s distinguished international Curatorial Team.
APT started with eight regional trusts almost a decade ago and, following their success, has recently launched its first global trust, APT Global One, with a capacity of 628 artists. APT Global One was designed for optimal diversification to benefit artists all over the world.
APT has representative offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Leipzig, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mexico City and Amman, in addition to Artist Relation Managers all around the world.
I AM AN ARTIST. HOW CAN I JOIN APT?
APT looks for promising emerging artists or renowned established artists worldwide. An invitation to join APT is a recognition award; artists selected by the APT Curatorial Team are considered to be among the leading names in the art world.
APT artists have exhibited at esteemed museums and venues around the world, including the Tate, Guggenheim Museum, SFMOMA, Whitney Museum, New Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art, Palais de Tokyo, Venice Biennale and ArtBasel; and others have won some of the art world’s most prestigious prizes such as the Turner Prize, the Le Meurice Contemporary Art Prize, the William H. Johnson Prize, the Bucksbaum Award and the Abraaj Prize.
If you would like to join APT, you may apply directly on-line through the APT website. Please ensure that you complete all the requested information, as this will determine the final decision of acceptance.
I AM A CURATOR. HOW CAN I JOIN APT?
APT Curators represent a broad cross-section of experienced professionals from the art world. Curators have worked with leading museums, galleries and independent art venues, while also working as art critics, consultants and researchers.
We are always looking to add influential art world leaders to our Curatorial Team. If you would like to join APT, you may apply directly on-line through the APT website. Please ensure that you complete all the information, as this will determine the final decision of acceptance.
LOANS & EXHIBITIONS
HOW ARE ARTWORKS SELECTED BY APT?
Working together with APT curators, each participating artist selects works to invest according to APT’s investment schedule. APT expects that an artwork of median current market value, representative of that year's output, which could not be characterized as unmanageable in terms of size or style, will be the most appropriate investment into an APT trust. Given that we encounter a wide range of media and approaches to art-making, the chosen work will always be a matter of conversation and thoughtful deliberation.
APT's selection process is conducted by a team of leading curators, who are highly regarded in the field of contemporary art. APT's Associate Curators review and select artists for participation in the program.
WHAT TYPES OF ARTWORKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR LOAN?
All artworks from the APT Collection are available for loans, including painting, photography, works on paper, sculptures, video art, installations, new media works, and more.
WHAT MAKES APT INSTITUTE'S DATABASE UNIQUE?
APT Institute facilitates loan requests from the APT Collection which is the largest global collection of contemporary art comprising 10,000 artworks, from 2,000 artists in 75 countries, and increasing by more than 2,000 each year. In addition, artworks are indexed by over 8,000 themes, with extensive filtering by residence, nationality, medium and style.
HOW DOES BORROWING AN ARTWORK BENEFIT THE ARTIST?
By lending artworks from the APT Collection, APT Institute helps increase the international exposure of that APT artist. Borrowing artworks not only promotes the specific artist but awareness of other participating artists and their craft.
CAN I BORROW ARTWORKS FROM ANY COUNTRY?
We operate a network of artwork storage in over 45 global locations.
WHAT MAKES ME ELIGIBLE TO BORROW FROM APT INSTITUTE?
All requests are reviewed for exhibition details including focus, venue, insurance, scope of exhibition and related events, display specifications, curatorial input, etc.
HOW MANY ARTWORKS ARE IN THE APT COLLECTION?
10,000 artworks from 2,000 contemporary artists with 2,000 added annually.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS A LOAN REQUEST?
Our simplified loan process allows for a quick response - generally, in as little as 48 hours. However, we do advise leaving additional time for completion of the entire loans process, including coordinating shipment.
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO PROCESS A LOAN REQUEST?
Approving your loan request, requires our understanding of your exhibition plans: meaning, details of your venue, insurance, and display or delivery specifications. Click here for infographic.
DOES THE FEE INCREASE BASED ON THE DURATION OF THE LOAN?
No, the subsidized fee is a one-time charge per loan regardless of duration.
WHAT ARE THE INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS?
All artworks requested for loan must be insured by the borrower nail to nail, covering the value of the artwork(s) starting from the Loan Agreement Effective Date to Expiration Date.
WHAT IS THE FEE TO BORROW AN ARTWORK?
There is a reduced, subsidized fee for loan processing/handling that is charged per loan. Click here for infographic.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW MANY ARTWORKS I CAN BORROW?
All loan requests are evaluated equally.
HOW CAN APT'S EXTENSIVE PRESS NETWORK ASSIST IN PROMOTING LOANED ARTWORK EXHIBITIONS?
Our mission is to provide APT artists international exposure and recognition of their artworks. Thus, our Public Relations efforts also include the promotion of APT artists and loaned artwork exhibitions. The exhibitions will be promoted through all relevant press channels we have established. Click here to browse through our exhibitions.
HOW CAN APT INSTITUTE PROVIDE EXPOSURE TO MY INSTITUTION AND EVENT?
APT Institute promotes each collaborating institution and events to its international audience through public relations efforts and direct links from our website to your institution's homepage. We will maximize the exposure of your institution and events by targeting our international media and press network.
ARE LOANS MADE AVAILABLE FOR TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS?
Yes, all requests are reviewed for exhibition specifications including venue, dates, scope of exhibition and related events, etc.
ARE ARTWORKS THAT ARE LOANED AVAILABLE FOR SALE?
Artworks are generally on loan for a fixed loan period. APT Institute will advise potential buyers of artworks that are eligible for sale and will specifically notify interested parties about artworks they have expressed an interest in or have placed on their My Gallery wishlist.
I WOULD LIKE TO COLLABORATE ON PRODUCING AN EXHIBITION OF APT ARTWORK?
We would be pleased to consider collaborating on future projects using the APT Collection. Please send an email to email@example.com and we will reply as soon as possible.
DOES APT INSTITUTE ACCEPT EXHIBITION PROPOSALS?
Yes, APT Institute welcomes exhibition proposals that provide APT artists international exposure and recognition.
I HAVE A SPECIFIC THEME OR SEARCH SUBJECT I CANNOT FIND?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply as soon as possible.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO RECEIVE PERSONALIZED GUIDANCE ON SCHEDULING A MEETING?
One of our Program Directors would be pleased to guide you with your upcoming project.
I AM TRAVELING TO A COUNTRY/CITY NOT ON YOUR LIST, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
It may be that we have a participating artist but that the country does not appear on the list. Therefore, we suggest that if you are looking for a country not on the list, please send us an email to email@example.com and we will reply as soon as possible.
WHO SELECTS ARTISTS FOR APT?
The APT Curatorial Team identifies and nurtures the best emerging artists from around the world. The team is made up of leading art professionals with experience in identifying artists with high potential of success and in supporting these artists through the early and mid-stages of their careers.
APT’s over 100 world-renowned curators have curated exhibitions for numerous leading museums, including the MoMA, Tate Modern, Hirshhorn Museum and Gagosian Gallery, as well as for major art venues such as the Venice Biennale, ArtBasel, Documenta and Manifesta.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CONNECTED TO AN ARTIST?
It’s a meeting point that’s also the starting point for research projects, exhibition planning, and artistic insight. So often overlooked in today’s virtual world, our exclusive Concierge service restores the importance of face-to-face meetings between people and teams up the critics with the creators, and the planners with the makers.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO USE THE ART CONCIERGE SERVICE?
The service is available to curators and other qualified art professionals approved by APT Institute. All requests are reviewed for eligibility and can be made online.
HOW DO I FIND ARTISTS IN A SPECIFIC COUNTRY?
First, we suggest you search for artists by country. If you cannot find any artists in the countries you are interested in, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply as soon as possible.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW MANY ARTISTS I CAN CONNECT WITH?
No, we will process requests based on artists' availability during the period requested.
WHAT TYPES OF INTERACTIONS DOES ART CONCIERGE OFFER?
Studio tours; artist talks; exhibition tours; creative or artistic collaborations; Art research for articles, dissertations, or exhibition planning; interviews for articles or art projects.
WHAT MAKES THIS SERVICE SO IMPORTANT FOR ME?
Art Concierge grants art world professionals and researchers invaluable facetime with the heart of today's art world: its artists. Offering a unique opportunity to enhance a range of art projects - from exhibitions to articles - Art Concierge opens doors to the creative minds shaping today's contemporary art world.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF CONNECTING WITH AN ARTIST?
All requests will first be processed by availability, notifying you of acceptance or changes through your customized My Gallery profile. Once your request is approved, introductions will be made by APT Institute.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR MY GALLERY?
It is complimentary but you need to register online in order to access My Gallery. Please click here.
IN WHAT CONTEXT ARE MEETINGS HELD?
This is between you and the artists but usually they entail a studio tour, interview, gallery tour, or visit to a nearby art venue or gallery.
HOW MANY ARTISTS AND COUNTRIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ME TO SELECT FROM?
There are 2,000 artists in over 75 countries.
I HAVE ARTISTS FROM MULTIPLE COUNTRIES THAT I WANT TO CONNECT WITH?
The website allows you to select multiple artists to connect to in multiple locations through your My Gallery.
CAN I CONTACT THE ARTIST DIRECTLY TO SET UP THE MEETING?
Once approved you will be connected directly to the artist. However, initial approval and coordination are managed by APT Institute staff.
DO YOU COVER ANY ADDITIONAL COST RELATED TO THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM - ART MATERIALS, RELOCATION FEE, TRAVEL EXPENSES, ETC.?
No, APT Institute helps artists obtain free or subsidized residencies but does not currently cover any costs related to the residency program.
I AM AN APT ARTIST INTERESTED IN A RESIDENCY IN A PARTICULAR COUNTRY BUT DON'T SEE A RESIDENCE I AM INTERESTED IN.
We work with selected partners. If you do not see a residency you are interested in, please try to look for alternative options. Your Artist Relations Manager of the Artist Services team will be happy to assist you.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO USE APT INSTITUTE'S GLOBAL CONNECT SERVICES?
This service is offered exclusively to APT participating artists. If you are not an APT artist but would like to apply to join, you may apply directly on-line through the APT website. Please ensure that you complete all the information, as this will determine the final decision of acceptance.
IN WHICH COUNTRIES CAN APT INSTITUTE HELP FIND A RESIDENCY?
APT is present in tens of countries worldwide. Please do not hesitate to ask and we will do our best to help you find a suitable residency.
I STARTED MY RESIDENCY APPLICATION PROCESS ALREADY, CAN APT INSTITUTE STILL HELP?
Please let us know the details of your application and we will do our best to help. Please note, we cannot guarantee placement at the residency of your choice.
DOES APT PROVIDE FUNDING FOR TRAVEL OR ARTIST GRANTS?
No, APT Institute currently does not fund travel costs and does not provide grants to artists.
AS AN APT ARTIST, IS IT POSSIBLE TO FUND MY STAY IN THE APT NEW YORK STUDIOS BY DONATING ARTWORKS?
Yes. Artwork should be approximately double the value of rental stay. Artwork needs to be deposited inside the US. Artwork will need to be approved by the Curatorial Committee.
I AM INTERESTED IN PARTNERING WITH APT INSTITUTE AND OFFERING APT ARTISTS RESIDENCIES. IS THIS POSSIBLE?
We welcome you to become an APT Institute partner. There are no participation fees involved, but we ask you to provide a discounted or free stay to one or more artists participating in APT. In return we will promote your residency through our website, newsletter, social media and personal contact with artists.
I UNDERSTAND THAT APT OFFERS ITS OWN STUDIO SERVICES IN NEW YORK. HOW DO I APPLY TO USE THE APT NEW YORK STUDIOS?
The APT New York Studios are listed as are all other residency programs. If you are an APT artist, you should therefore complete an application online as for any other residency.
AS AN APT INSTITUTE PARTNER, WHAT BENEFITS DO I GET?
A permanent feature on APT Institute web; Occasional feature in the APT Institute newsletter; Promotion within APT through person to person contact; Publicity through social media.