Let’s join forces

Green Art Lab Alliance Support (galas) is the legal entity behind gala. We are a non-profit organization that supports the Alliance’s operation from financial, legal and strategic perspective. This includes fundraising and making connections with other disciplines. Join forces with us by making a financial donation or contribute with knowledge and skills in your field.

The Green Art Lab Alliance (gala) is an informal knowledge alliance of art organizations seeking to connect with each other over issues of climate justice  and environmental sustainability through their creative practice.  It started as an EU-funded project in 2012 and today networks institutions in Europe, Asia and Latin-America.

gala has not been formalized in order to retain flexibility in our ways of working and approach in our collaborations. Yet there was a need for a supportive legal entity. And so we decided to establish Green Art Lab Alliance Support (galas) in 2021. Our policy plan can be downloaded here.

galas functions as the legal entity that supports the Alliance’s operation from financial, legal and strategic perspective. It is a foundation (formally a ‘Stichting’) registered in the Netherlands, under KvK number 81248520. Our RSIN number is: 862015923. With its legal status, it can help gala to fundraise and manage the fund and offer strategic advices to its activities and economy. You can contact galas by sending an email to its formal director Yasmine Ostendorf, on yasmine@greenartlaballiance.com. Our postal address is: Barcelonaplein 7, 1019 LX Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The types of projects galas engages with are those in partnership with art organizations, science institutions, educational initiatives, activist movements, communities and other socially and environmentally engaged groups, movements and institutions and that are in pursuit of social and environmental justice. They include research, presentations, mappings, lectures, publications, workshops, seminars and exhibitions, residencies and staff-exchanges – amongst others.

The Foundation does not aim to make a profit and aims at the public interest. Therefore there is no financial renumeration for the Board nor the Director for the running of galas. This work is all done on a voluntary base.

galas consists of three board members and a director, following the required legal structure for a ‘Stichting’ in the Netherlands. They collectively and collaboratively decide on how and which projects to support or initiate and work closely and in agreement with the partners in the Green Art Lab Alliance.

Anne Kervers researches the link between money creation and financing climate policy. She is a PhD candidate at the political theory department of the University of Amsterdam and separately runs the project Unmuting Money. Previously she worked at Triodos Bank and completed studies in sustainability, economics, ethics and cultural analysis. Anne practices civil disobedience with Extinction Rebellion to demand climate justice from the Dutch government. Anne is the treasurer of the Foundation.
Binna Choi is the director at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons in Utrecht, where she engages with both its artistic program and the organizational and (de)instituting practice as her curatorial and collective art practice. Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills with the Outsiders, Site for Unlearning (Art Organization) with Annette Krauss and the Casco team, Unmapping Eurasia with You Mi are some of her recent or ongoing curatorial projects, next to the process of restructuring and rearticulating the institution itself with the Casco team, the annual Assembly for commoning art institutions (since 2018) and other infrastructural projects under development. Besides, Choi is the member of Akademie der Künste der Welt / Köln where in 2020 she in close collaboration with Christian Nyampeta curated Gwangju Lessons over the 18 May Democratic Uprising and took it to Asia Culture Center as part of the MaytoDay project by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation. In 2016, she was a curator for the 11th Gwangju Biennale. She also has been serving as an advisor to the Afield network, MARCH journal and Sinan archipelago county’s island cultural diversity network program. Binna is the secretary of the Foundation.
Maria Tuerlings is the founder of TransArtists, a platform stimulating and strengthening artists’ mobility internationally. She started TransArtists in 1997 aiming to support artists accessing residency opportunities worldwide. Maria participated in many artists residency networks, was Secretary of the Board of Res Artis (2000-2007) and President of the Board in 2007-2008. From 1998- 2012 she coordinated the Dutch participation in the Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes programs, was advisory board member of TransCultural Exchange (USA); board member and President of On-the-Move; and former board member of the Thami Mnyele Foundation, which runs a guest studio program for artists from African countries in Amsterdam. From 2008 to 2014, she was a member of several EU Open Method of Coordination (OMC) expert groups on improving the conditions for the mobility of artists and other professionals in the cultural field. Maria is the Chair of the Board of the Foundation.
Researcher/curator Yasmine 
Ostendorf is the founder and convener the Green Art Lab Alliance. She has extensively worked on international cultural mobility programmes and on the topic of art and ecology, having worked at expert organizations including Julie’s Bicycle (United Kingdom), Bamboo Curtain Studio (Taiwan), Cape Farewell (United Kingdom), Labverde (Brazil) and Trans Artists (Netherlands). She is the founder of the Nature Research Department at the Jan van Eyck Academy (Netherlands, 2017), the Van Eyck Food Lab (2018) and the Future Materials Bank (2020). She has been organising Food Art Film Festivals showcasing innovative and sustainable food/art practices whilst building local networks between artists, scientists and farmers across the globe. Furthermore she has been curator-in-residence in various art institutions, including Kunst Haus Wien (Austria), colectivo amasijo (Mexico) and Capacete (Brazil). She is currently writing her book ‘Mycelium as Methodology’ for which she using a mycological lens to define rhizomatic models of collaboration. Yasmine is the director of the Foundation.