The lectorate Art Theory & Practice (KTP), headed by prof. dr. Janneke Wesseling, started in 2007 at the University of the Arts in The Hague.
Coordinator: Emily Huurdeman

The University of the Arts consists of the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire. The lectorate KTP is situated at the Royal Academy of Art. Its task is to stimulate and further research in visual art and design. The lectorate KTP aims to advance the integration of theoretical and practical education, and to stimulate students and teachers to engage in research. The lectorate closely collaborates with the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts at Leiden University, where it is involved with PhDArts in content and organization. Janneke Wesseling is also director of PhDArts.

The lectorate KTP engages with the integration of theory and practice in art education. It has, among other things, initiated the Art Research Programme, which consists of interdisciplinary courses and stimulates research and critical reflection. Under the chairmanship of Janneke Wesseling, theory teachers have developed a specific outlook on theory education at the art academy. This outlook also informs the education curricula in general. The lectorate runs a research group consisting of tutors of the Royal Academy of Art who engage themselves with research in their practice. The lectorate organizes symposia, workshops and lectures with various partners.

Janneke Wesseling is Professor in the Practice and Theory of Research in the Visual Arts, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University (NL). She is director of PhDArts, international doctorate programme in visual art and design, at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) of Leiden University, and head of the Lectorship in Art Theory & Practice at the University of the Arts, The Hague.

In 2013 Wesseling obtained a doctoral degree at Leiden University with a dissertation on contemporary art and reception aesthetics, entitled De volmaakte beschouwer: De ervaring van het kunstwerk en de actualiteit van de receptie-esthetica (The Perfect Spectator: The Experience of the Artwork and the Topicality of Reception Aesthetics).

Wesseling writes as art critic for the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad. In addition, she publishes regularly on contemporary art in magazines and catalogues in The Netherlands and abroad. She has also published a number of independent studies and books, including:

  • De volmaakte beschouwer. De ervaring van het kunstwerk en de receptie-esthetica. Amsterdam: Valiz, 2015.
  • See it Again, Say it Again. The Artist as Researcher. Ed. Janneke Wesseling. Amsterdam: Valiz, 2011.
  • Het museum dat niet bestond. Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 2004.
  • Schoonhoven, beeldend kunstenaar. The Hague/Amsterdam: SDU Publishers/Openbaar Kunstbezit, 1990.

Emily Huurdeman is the coordinator of the lectorate Art Theory & Practice. In addition, she works as an artist and as tutor at the Fonys Tilburg Master Art Education. She also works as a freelance manager for art/research events and projects. Emily studied Fine Art at the University of the Arts Utrecht, Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam and Education in Arts at Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam. She published the article Essaying art, an unmethodological method for Artistic Research in 2018 with an accompanying lecture performance Essaying Art at the 2018 SAR international conference Will Artistic Research Eat Itself?.