Education in Arts and Culture Professorship

The Professorship Arts and Cultural Education focuses on creating a contemporary and innovative basis for the theory and practice of arts and cultural education. Our research contributes to relevant and contemporary forms of art education rooted in the Arts & Humanities. We do this both nationally and internationally for ‘Contemporary Arts Education’.

Jan van der Veer 'Groot verzameld resultaat van verplaatsing', photo: Tom van der Noordt
Jan van der Veer 'Groot verzameld resultaat van verplaatsing', photo: Tom van der Noordt

Contemporary Arts Education

The theoretical principles of arts and cultural education are researched in Contemporary Arts Education. Contributions vary from doctoral research to public-oriented lectures and publications in the area of contemporary art and culture education. One of the important initiatives is the ArtEZ International Research school (AIR) which, following a number of successful editions run by the professorship arts and cultural education, is organised by the joint professorships with effect from the 2017/2018 academic year.

Artist Educator

The artist/teacher in arts and cultural education is the research focus of the Artist Educator branch. One of the important initiatives is the international Master Artist Educator (IMAE) – an innovative Master's programme that is based upon build-up discussions with the professor and the development of theories. In the coming years, this branch of research will map out the potential meaning of the Artist Educator in primary, secondary, senior secondary vocational, higher professional and university education. In addition, the focus is on the Artist Educator in extracurricular arts and cultural education.

Art-Based Learning

In the branch of Art-Based Learning, research is carried out into art-independent methodology within arts and cultural education. Publications are released, lectures are given and research is carried out in the areas of Art-Based Research and Art-Based Learning. One of the important initiatives is the Art-Based Learning Centre, where training programmes are developed and implemented for Art-Based Learning with regard to the revised subject of Culture and the Arts.

Educational Design

In the branch of Educational Design, research is carried out into the design of innovative education and research environments. The professorship is one of the (co-)designers of leading initiatives such as the Teacher College Academy, Makers Academy and the Next Move Academy.

Professor Jeroen Lutters

Dr Jeroen Lutters is a professor of Arts and Cultural Education at ArtEZ. He is also an honorary professor of didactics and content of the art courses at Windesheim University of Applied Arts. Jeroen Lutters gained a PhD in Art-Based Learning (ABL) as a method under art and culture analyst Mieke Bal. He took part in the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA) and managed successful long-term research projects relating to culture education as D21: school designs in the 21st century (2016) [schoolontwerpen in de 21e eeuw].

Jeroen Lutters is the author of: In de schaduw van het kunstwerk [In the shadow of the artwork]: Art Based Learning in praktijk [Art-Based Learning in practice] (2012) en Sprekende objecten [Speaking objects]: studies in Art-Based Learning (2015), Ema: Nude on a Staircase: Studies in Art-Based Learning (2017) and The Trade of the Teacher. Visual Thinking with Mieke Bal (2018). 

Jeroen Lutters is the (co-)designer of: the ArtEZ International Research school (AIR), the Master Artist Educator (MAE), the minor Liberal Arts (MLA) and the Art-Based Learning Centre (ABLC). He is a member of various advisory boards, including the Bildung Academie (university education), Hogeschool Archimedes (higher professional education), the Cibap (senior secondary vocational education) and the culture profile schools (primary and secondary education). He is a highly sought after speaker in the area of Art-Based Research and Learning both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Please see the Dutch version for the lecture calendar

The professorship team comprises permanent members of staff, including:

• Olga Potters, researcher specialised in primary education and creativity
• Elsbeth Veldpape, researcher / teacher educator / education manager specialized in (visual) art education and training in higher arts education
• John Johnston, specialised in the area of Artist Educator and teaching in higher professional and university education.
• Véronique Steenmetser, who manages the Professorship of Arts and Cultural Education office.

The professorship also comprises a large network of freelance researchers and designers active in various segments and works closely with the Fine Art and Design, Dance, Theatre and Music in Education programmes at ArtEZ University of the Arts. The professorship also works with external local, regional, national partners, as well as international partners specialised in the area of arts and cultural education.