How can lecturers and teachers reinforce their professional development with artistic qualities like ‘narrating’, ‘creating’ and ‘acting’? And how can artistic professionalisation contribute to the quality of education and training, and to organisations and society? These questions are researched by the professorship in Art and Professionalisation in collaboration with training organisation De Baak.

Goal of the professorship

The professorship in Art and Professionalisation aims to reinforce the artistic dimension in education and training by fostering ‘artistry’ in lecturers and teachers. Since 2014, we have been collaborating on this with training organisation De Baak. Our aim is thus to support HKU in developing into a professional teaching community. Through the collaboration, De Baak aims to further explore and research themes like ‘self-management in organisations’ and ‘self-organisation in professional practice’. By conducting this research along with professionals and interested parties from outside HKU, our development into an arts education organisation that is positioned in the midst of society will become more visible.

Co-creation of teaching methods

Our method is characterised by co-creation: each participating lecturer or teacher can introduce a specific subject that they wish to further explore and research. They gather a wide circle of colleagues and other people around them in order to do so. Examples of questions that such a circle can put forward are:

  • How can I create a learning network?
  • How can we find new forms of development-oriented feedback?
  • How can we use forms of expression in education or training?
  • How can you increase your own professional scope within the set educational framework?
  • What criteria does a new teaching environment have to meet in order to be able to create, narrate and perform?

These questions are explored in sessions in a public workplace or playground that is open to everyone. Here, we share inspiring sources from literature, art or philosophy, work with theatrical forms of working and conversing, or experiment with various forms of reflection. This enables us to discover new insights and exciting innovative forms of teaching. The outputs of the sessions are recorded and shared on, so that reflection can take place.

Public lecture

On September 29, Bart van Rosmalen held his public lecture that marked the official opening of his professorship. To view the results of the lecture and learn more about the topics discussed, check out the lecture page (Dutch). Or watch the complete, English subtitled lecture below (in four parts):


HKU and De Baak cooperate closely in the professorship in Artistic Professionalisation. Through synergy of reciprocal knowledge and networks, the professorship aims to provide reinforcement and innovation in the education and training offered by HKU and De Baak in a national and international context. Today’s society requires professionals who can give direction themselves and who are socially involved. New innovative ways of teaching and lecturing are needed for this, and a key role is played by art and creativity.

Within HKU, the professorship in Artistic Professionalisation cooperates closely with the Education Expertise Centre and with three schools: HKU Theatre, HKU Utrechts Conservatorium and HKU Fine Art.

Professor: Bart van Rosmalen

Bart van Rosmalen, improvising cellist and director, who works with De Baak as a programme innovator, has fulfilled various roles since the late nineties, including advisor, trainer, professor and moderator, in which he has been intensively involved in reinforcing international arts education through practice-oriented research. In his approach, Van Rosmalen focuses on the concept of Connecting Conversations, working on new, long-term connections between art, the business world, science and social organisations. His focus is always on the person or professional whose job this is.

On 6 January 2016 van Rosmalen graduated at the University of Humanistic Studies. His dissertation has been published at Uitgeverij IJzer.