Vacature: Artist / tutor as Curator for the new Professional International Practice Programme (0.2 fte)

Opportunity to join the team of tutors at the BA Fine Art department at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, starting September 2019.

The BA Fine Arts department at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) plans to bring new perspectives to its team of tutors starting from the coming winter semester (September 2019), mirroring the artistic ambitions of this Bachelor’s programme, the international mix of the student group and the rich cultural scene in the Netherlands.

The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) has been a leader in educating artists and designers since 1682. It offers 7 Bachelor programmes, 7 Master programmes and various preparatory courses in Fine Arts & Design and a PhD and Double Degree trajectory in collaboration with Leiden University. Highly skilled professional staff with international professional practices, guide and accompany students through their studies. In our culturally diverse academy, the commitment, passion, and curiosity of our students and staff come together in a respectful and tolerant learning environment.

Our intensive, structured and small-scale curriculum revolves around experimentation and personal guidance. We provide students with a significant degree of freedom to shape their interests and personal ambitions. We value skill and disciplinary expertise as well as interdisciplinary practice. We encourage innovation through collaboration and facilitate critical reflection on the ever- changing roles of artists and designers in our societies.

About 40 artists support students in their learning. With respect to their own practice and interests, these artists divide into three groups: Sculpture, Painting & Printmaking and Autonoom. Autonoom indicates artistic interests which can differ from those in the other groups, more oriented towards concepts, performance, time based work and other strategies. The learning environment of the sections builds upon the interaction between the students as well as between the students and the group of artist-tutors. Students choose one of the groups as a home base for their learning from year two onwards.

Although sections do not limit to specific artistic realisations, there are differences in culture, discourse and programme. This specific climate builds over a period of time and changes with the change of generations of students. The interaction and learning within a section is balanced with a wide range of learning activities across the sections with in the BA programme and across the whole of KABK.

The BA Fine Art department at the KABK is an international experience. We attract students from all over the world. Within this climate of a meeting of cultures we investigate what impact the multinational character of a world of art has on our understanding of an open and welcoming society. Our teaching language is English. Head of the department is Klaus Jung.

Artist / tutor as Curator for the new Professional International Practice Programme (0.2 fte)

Professional Practice is one of the five core curriculum elements of the BA Fine Art Programme. It is organised across the three sections and helps students to define, which role they could have as an artist in the future and what professional skills they will need to succeed in it. We are now looking for a colleague to help us to re-design and deliver the programme, which sees professional artistic practice closely connected to diversity, intercultural competencies, sustainability, the effects of a computational world and beyond national boundaries.

We are looking for an artist or a curator with

  • an understanding of professional artistic practice
  • the necessary experience in the art field to guide students in their choice of strategies for their artistic career
  • knowledge of the contemporary discourses around diversity, digitalisation, intercultural competencies and sustainability
  • a strong curiosity to re-imagine - together with our students- what role art and artist can have in our societies in future
  • experience in developing, organising and developing an educational programme in Higher Art Education

Your tasks will include:

  • developing the curriculum element professional international practice as a set of lectures, seminars, exercises and guest lectures in close contact to the Head of Department. The curriculum element is currently placed at year level 3.
  • actively deliver parts of the programme
  • curate the input from contributions from inside and outside KABK
  • undertake studio visits and individual guidance
  • actively contribute to our efforts of keeping our teaching methods updated to the highest international standards
  • support and foster the diversity of our programme and the international cohort of students
  • continue to develop the own professional practice, including research

What do we offer?

We offer a contract for one year with the possibility of renewal for 4 years at a salary scale of 11 of the hbo-cao, depending on background and experience.

We strongly encourage women and artists who will strengthen the diverse composition of our team to apply.

How to apply?

Your application should include:

  • a letter of motivation (in English)
  • your CV, including information about your experience in Higher Art Education
  • information about your work as artist (or curator for option 3) as a link to your website

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Practical information


For further information please contact:

Martijn Verhoeven, (coordinator of BA Fine Arts) or Klaus Jung, (head of BA Fine Arts)

Application deadline

Please send your application to before Monday May 31, 2019.

We plan to invite shortlisted applicants to come to the KABK for a presentation and an interview in week 25 (between June 17 and June 21).