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

The AeCT research group works closely together with an extensive knowledge circle.

Read all about Jeroen Lutters and his team here

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. A great new step of the research group is that Jeroen Lutters, John Johnston and researcher Fabiola Camuti have initiated an AeCT network group within the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis - ASCA (UvA) within which two of our researchers are working on their PhD: Olga Potters with supervisor Prof. dr. Joke Voogt and Joanne Dijkman with supervisor Prof. dr. Dr. René Boomkens.

Please see the Dutch version for the lecture calendar