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 SKOR Archive and 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. Sher Doruff 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 and head of Master’s programme Artistic Research at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. 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:
Being Public – How Art Creates the Public (Amsterdam 2017).
Wild Park – Commissioning the Unexpected  (Amsterdam 2011).
Highrise – Common Ground. Art and the Amsterdam Zuidas Area  (Amsterdam, 2008).

Merel Driessen is policy advisor at the Lectoraat Art & Public Space. She has graduated as BA in Art History from the University of Amsterdam in 2008 and as MA in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Utrecht University in 2010. In the past she has worked at SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain in Amsterdam.

Sietske Roorda is project assistant at the Lectoraat Art & Public Space. She has graduated as BA in Art History in 2010 and as MA in Modern and Contemporary Art in 2012 at the University of Amsterdam. She also does communication for Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem. Besides this she has written articles for Metropolis M, Tubelight and het Financieele Dagblad.