Miriam Bestebreurtje first trained as photographer and then studied art history, specializing in lens-based media. Her Master’s thesis was on the propositions of Anti-photojournalism. She worked extensively as a gallerist, freelance curator and critic before getting involved in art education, first as a tutor and now as head of the Master’s programmes at AKV|St.Joost. Bestebreurtje also currently serves as an advisor on the arts committee of the Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds and on the young talent committee of the Mondriaan Stichting. In addition, she heads the advisory committee of FW:Publishers and acts as a consultant in the Dutch art policy context.
Every year we welcome students from a great diversity of backgrounds and disciplines to our Master Institute. We aim to create an environment where people feel invited and safe to deconstruct their practice and knowledge, thereby opening up space for new ideas and experiences. Knowing what a large investment a Master’s study is for all of our students, I continuously ask myself: how can we make it completely worthwhile? Going on this journey of discovery together with the students has always been my greatest privilege, being their biggest supporter, their stumbling block, the tinder to their flame and ultimately, their stepping stone.