About us

As the main point in the Netherlands, LAPS, research institute for art and public space, contributes to the development, disclosure and presentation of knowledge on art and public space. The research institute developed a partnership between the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA), the Sandberg Instituut (SI), the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), Foundation for Art in Public Domain (SKOR) and the Virtueel Museum Zuidas (VMZ).

The research institute carries out research, on the one hand on fundamental problems and basic principles in regard to art, design and the public domain, and on the other hand to practical problems in relation to specific situations. LAPS, research institute for art and public space, works for commissioners that vary from public authorities to organizations and freelancers. Besides this, the research institute also initiates its own research and distributes the results through symposia, lectures, debates, publications and exhibitions. Furthermore LAPS manages the website Digital Helpdesk Art & Public Space, and makes this accessible for public.

Within the GRA and SI, LAPS, research institute for art and public space builds a ‘knowledge network’ that initiates, coordinates and discusses research by teachers and external experts on art and public space. In relation to this research education projects are set up in which theoretical notions and reflections are used to engage groups of students. LAPS also facilitates the research programme ‘Making Things Public’ in which a select group of researchers under the guidance of dr. Paula Albuquerque do their PhD research. Besides this LAPS focuses on the expansion and reinforcement of the theory education in the academy in general.

Jeroen Boomgaard is lector at the Lectoraat Art & Public Space at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He obtained his PhD with honours in 1995 with a thesis entitled The Prodigal Son; Rembrandt and Dutch Art Historiography. Boomgaard regularly publishes in national and international art journals on: avant-garde issues, art and public space and artistic research.

Recent publications include:
Compassion: A paradox in Art and Society (Valiz, 2017)
Being Public – How Art Creates the Public
(Valiz, 2017)
Wild Park – Commissioning the Unexpected  (Amsterdam 2011)
Highrise – Common Ground. Art and the Amsterdam Zuidas Area  (Amsterdam, 2008)

Joyce Drosterij is research coordinator at the Lectoraat Art & Public Space. She graduated as MA in Film- en Television Science at the University of Amsterdam in 2000. In the past she has worked as audiovisual producer at public broadcasters as well as at several other film companies.

Liza Prins is project coordinator at the Lectoraat Art & Public Space. She graduated as BA in Fine Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2014 and as Research MA in Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam in 2017 (cum laude). She is an artist, researcher and writer with a focus on feminized and collective labor.

Christie Bakker is communications officer at the Lectoraat Art & Public Space. She graduated as BA in Communication- and Information Sciences at the University of Utrecht in 2015 and works at the intersection between communication, production, education and research in the arts.

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