Jan Cools

Coordinator LUCA Art Office
LUCA School of Arts


After studying Art History and Archeology at Ghent University, I worked as a curator for several years in Belgium and abroad. In the meantime, I studied Management for non-profit at the VUB (Brussels). In 2006 I became Chair of the Department of the Arts at former University College of Art & Design Sint-Lukas Brussel. I introduced a research culture and built a research organisation. I was an active member of European Art Research Network. I was co-organiser of the conference triptych “A Certain Ma-Ness” (Amsterdam, 2008), “Becoming Bologna” (Venice, 2009) and “The Academy strikes back” (Brussel, 2010).

Meanwhile, I also committed myself within ELIA. I worked on the SHARE project and organised the closing conference in Brussels (2013). The merger that led to LUCA School of Arts brought a new challenge for me. Today I support and coordinate the artistic activities organised by LUCA training and research groups. Within LUCA School of Arts, we developed an expertise centre for the artistic practice. In doing so, I focus on artistic practice as a process, co-creation, artistic entrepreneurship and intellectual rights. To position LUCA stronger as an actor in the art world, I also work on the development of a partner network with organisations from the arts and culture world.

In 2017 I organised “Resonating Spaces. The value of residences & workspaces in Belgium & the Netherlands” in Brussels. As director-coordinator of the non-profit association Sint Lukasgalerie Brussels, I also work on the merger of various non-profit organisations connected with LUCA School of Arts.



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