Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam
From 2011 onwards I have been dean of the Willem de Kooning Academy, noted for having developed new programmes to match new demands in the professions of artists and designers.
For years I was chair of the national assembly of art schools focused on fine art and design. As such, I was closely connected to setting up new national standards for higher education in the arts, based among others on the ELIA tuning documents. Until recently I acted on the advisory board on art education to the council of higher education (Vereniging Hogescholen) in the Netherlands.
I am co-founder of Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab (RASL). A collaboration between Codarts, Willem de Kooning Academy and Erasmus University, where we jointly offer a five-year Double Degree in Arts and Sciences, where we work on joint research projects using both academic and artistic methodology and where we explore a new form of the third-cycle, based on transdisciplinary approaches to societal challenges.
As part of my personal development and training, I swapped position for one month, last October, with the director of the Rotterdam Kunsthal, a museum with over 350.000 visitors in 2018.
Together with Codarts, we host the 2018 ELIA Biennial Conference in November, and we contributed to the conference programme “Resilience And The City”.
I am old and should be wise; nevertheless, I love the motto “Ready, Fire, Aim” that Mick Wilson once taught me. Making plans while trusting your intuition and ideals is important to me.