The KABK has two lectorates: the lectorate Art Theory & Practice headed by Prof. Dr. Janneke Wesseling and the lectorate Design headed by Dr. Alice Twemlow. They play an important role in encouraging and coordinating research by tutors, integrating research components in the curricula, and disseminating research results within and beyond the KABK by means of study days, expert meetings, publications and conferences.

Lectorate Art Theory & Practice

The lectorate Art Theory & Practice (KTP), headed by Prof. Dr. Janneke Wesseling, started in 2007. 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. In 2015, the lectorate initiated a Research Group consisting of tutors of the KABK who engage themselves with research in their practice. The lectorate organises symposia, workshops and lectures with various partners. For more information and an overview of courses and activities, please visit lectoraatktp.nl or contact Emily Huurdeman (coordinator lectorate Art Theory & Practice).

Janneke Wesselling
Janneke Wesseling, Lector Art Theory & Practice

Janneke Wesseling is Professor in the Practice and Theory of Research in the Visual Arts, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University. 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 lectorate 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.

Lectorate Design

Dr. Alice Twemlow was appointed lector Design at the KABK in September 2017. The lectorate Design aims to serve as a dynamic catalyst or provocation for design-focused research activity within the KABK learning environment and beyond. Inherent in this mission is the imperative to surface, nurture and promote a robust design-focused research culture within the KABK and via the channels that connect KABK and Leiden University.

The working title for the lectorate is ‘’Design and the Deep Future’’, to allow for investigation of such topics as: geological time and design; waste and trash; dematerialization of design; circular economy; repair; non-humans and design; digital detritus; design criticism; speculative and critical design and so on. Engagement with these and other issues will be further augmented through research projects, exhibitions, symposia as well as print and online publications. For more information contact Emily Huurdeman (coordinator lectorate Design).

Alice Twemlow
Alice Twemlow, Lector Design

Alice Twemlow has a PhD from the History of Design programme run by the Victoria & Albert Museum and Royal College of Art in London, and recently published Sifting the Trash: A History of Design Criticism (MIT Press, 2017).

She is a frequent speaker and juror for conferences and competitions in the field of design and writes regularly for numerous international publications. She was the founding director of the Master Design Research, Writing & Criticism at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and is currently head of the Design Curating & Writing Master at Design Academy Eindhoven.

Read an interview with Alice Twemlow, discussing design criticism in an interview for Chain Letters, an ongoing Design Observer series, in which leading design minds converse about the state of the design industry > Design Observer: Chain Letters - Alice Twemlow (2 May 2018)

Former research trajectories