PhDArts Conference

Celebrating 10 years PhDArts

How do we establish, sustain and nourish a vital research culture in the arts?

To mark the ten-year anniversary of PhDArts, the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) and the University of the Arts The Hague organize a two-day conference.

Over the past 20 years, artistic research has steadily gained ground as a new research discipline in The Netherlands. PhD programs in artistic research have been established or are being developed, in a collaborative effort between universities and art schools. With this conference, PhDArts aims to address ways to consolidate, sustain and nourish a research culture in the arts on a national level. The conference will comprise artistic presentations by researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines enrolled at 3rd level educational institutions across the country, as well as two keynote lectures on the topic of the conference, break-out groups and artistic presentations by ACPA PhD candidates and alumni.

The aim is to gather experiences and insights from all parties involved in the field, to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between universities and art institutions nation-wide and to build a community that stimulates collaborations between colleague institutions and their different initiatives.


18 October 10:00 – 22:00
19 October 09:30 – 17:00


18 & 19 October
PJ Veth Building, Nonnensteeg 1-3, Leiden
(entrance via Rapenburg 73, Hortus Botanicus)

18 October 20:00 – 22:00
Het Leidse Volkshuis, Apothekersdijk 33A, Leiden

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Thursday October 18, 10:00 – 18:00
PJ Veth Building

Keynote lecture by dr. Henk Oosterling

Presentations by
Aymeric Mansoux (Willem de Kooning Academy)
David Weber-Krebs (ARIAS/THIRD)
Yael Davids (ARIAS/Creator Doctus)
Andrea Stultiens (Minerva Art Academy/PhDArts)

Sound installation ‘Distance / Fiction’ by Gabriel Paiuk

Thursday October 18, 20:00 – 22:00
Het Leidse Volkshuis

Artistic presentations by
João Rival/Le Concert D’Apollon
Sophie Ernst and Elisabeth Waagmeester
Ned McGowan and Laurens de Boer
Richard Barrett
Suzan Tunca and Giuliano Bracci
Eleni Kamma and Margo van de Linde

Friday October 19, 09:30 – 17:00
PJ Veth Building

Keynote lecture by Prof. dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek

Presentations by
Marlies Vermeulen and Veerle Spronck (Zuyd)
Riccardo Giacconi (PhDArts)
Shailoh Phillips (PhDArts/Critical Making consortium)
Anja Groten (PhDArts/Critical Making consortium)

Break-out sessions on
Artistic Research and the Art World
Artistic Research and Interdisciplinarity
Artistic Research and Academia
Artistic Research and Method


In line with the main purpose of the conference, four break-out sessions will take place on the afternoon of the second day. These sessions are meant to prompt a dialogue among the conference participants on some of the challenging areas inherent to the topic of establishing a research culture in the arts. Each of these simultaneous sessions will focus on one area and will be moderated by a staff member of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.

The session on Artistic Research and the Art World will focus on the diverse ways in which notions of research play a role in artistic practices outside of educational institutions and its relevance to the art community at large.

The session on Artistic Research and Interdisciplinarity will deal with the transgression of borders between inherited fields as a significant aspect of research in the arts and the emergence of hybrid fields between the arts, humanities and sciences.

The session on Artistic Research and Academia will focus on the deep exchange taking place at the root of the relationship between art and traditional research institutions - how do both domains affect the conditions for the other to exist and flourish.

The session on Artistic Research and Method addresses the challenge of developing a research method, habitually conceived as a requirement for the production of knowledge in traditional domains of research, suited to the context of artistic practice.