AeCT – Professorship for Art education as Critical Tactics

The Professorship for Art education as Critical Tactics (AeCT) at ArtEZ University of the Arts, is invested in creating new futures of learning by producing research-driven critical tactics to shape the responsibility, infrastructure, and practice of art and art education in the time of uncertain futures.

The series Studies in Art Based Learning by Jeroen Lutters published by ArtEZ Press
The series Studies in Art Based Learning by Jeroen Lutters published by ArtEZ Press


This vision is informed by 3 critical provocations to the future of art education in the context of changing forms, formats and functions of learning.

  • It proposes a radical re-thinking of the matrices of learning and education, moving from competences and assessments, to impact and relevance, for a next generation of (leading) learners. Taking creativity as a point of departure and questioning of the empiricism driven dehumanized structures of education measurement, it produces a critical manifest of the ethical and critical responsibility towards imagining resilient futures
  • It questions the institutional locations of learning, often founded in traditional formal settings, in order to extend the relevance and remit of art education. It is committed to creating new (non)institutional structures that make strategic/tactical interventions possible to construct infrastructure, processes, and practices that support the idea of art practitioners and educators as agents of change for equitable societies.
  • It formulates future (art) educational narratives/scenario’s, by extending the vocabulary of artistic and design practices in interaction with multiple stakeholders in different disciplines, sectors, geographies and contexts to create a living lexicon of what art can mean, do, and think in our everyday life. Identifying the contemporary moment as precarious, transitional, and contingent, it opens up a series of collaborative hubs, studio’s and lab’s, with collaborative stakeholders to develop direct intervention tactics informed by critical diversity.

Professor Jeroen Lutters and the AeCT research group

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, visiting professor at No School (Cibap + St Lucas) and guest curator at Museum Jan Cunen. 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), The Trade of the Teacher. Visual Thinking with Mieke Bal (2018) and his latest book Cy Twombly's Quattro Stagioni - Studies in Art-Based Learning (ArtEZ Press, 2018) and In the Shadow of the Art Work: Art-Based Learning in Practice (Valiz, 2019). 

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 AeCT research group works closely together with an extensive knowledge circle. Véronique Steenmetser manages the AeCT office.

  • Olga Potters, researcher specialised in primary education and creativity
  • Elsbeth Veldpape, researcher / teacher educator / education manager specialised 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.
  • Fabiola Camuti, researcher / project manager Enschede Educational Biennale 2020
  • Leontine Broekhuizen, researcher / teacher educator DBKV / project manager Cracking the Code. (external member)
  • Famke Sinninghe Damsté, Head Art Based Learning Centre (external member)
  • Cassandra Onck (ArtEZ) + Thieme Stap (RU), project managers Create Space (external member)
  • Karin Schipper, Head Education Department Museum Jan Cunen (external member)
  • Silvia Russel, project manager ABL for Amsterdam UMC, Oncology Department (external member)
  • Ronald Kox, Head of Cultural Education LKCA (external member)
  • Gaby Allard, Director ArtEZ Academy of Theatre & Dance (external member)
  • Joanne Dijkman, lecturer art history & art theory, Fine Art BA en Crossmedia Design BA (external member)
  • Ton Zondervan, Senior lecturer & researcher School of Education Windesheim University of Applied Sciences (external member)
  • Danny Jeroense, Master teacher Creativity at Cibap vocational school for imagination (external member)

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.