Karen te Brake-Baldock (1974) obtained a BA in Arts & Media Management followed by an MA in European Arts Management in 2002 from the Utrecht School of the Arts. The INCCA founding project was one of four case studies researched for her MA thesis titled; Internet driven: project management revisited via international internet driven visual art projects. ‘Internet driven’ projects are those that without internet would not have existed and her thesis looked at the discrepancy between current project management theory and the organisational realities faced by project managers in the visual arts.
Karen grew up in Perth, Western Australia where, before moving to The Netherlands in 1996, she studied Architecture at the University of Western Australia. Before her studies in Utrecht, she also completed a year of graphic design at the art academy in Rotterdam (Willem de Kooning Academy).
In 2004 she started working at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) as assistant project manager of the EU project Inside Installations (2004-2007). From 2005 Karen took on the task of INCCA Central Coordinator. Karen was project manager of the INCCA affiliated project PRACTICs (2009-2011) an EU project which included the international symposium Contemporary Art: Who Cares? and the publication Inside Installations. Theory and Practice in the Care of Complex Artworks (2011). In addition to her work as INCCA Coordinator, Karen is also involved in a research programme at the RCE on Hertitage of the Modern Age (2015-2018) and other European projects such as IPERION CH and the RCE Picture Meetings. She is recently worked on organising of the SBMK Day and International Symposium Actng in Contemporary Art that took place in the Netherlands in November 2018 which included the launch of the INCCA Mentoring Programme.