About

[Full CV]

Ann Laenen, PhD
Arts – Education – Communication- New Media – Design – Co-creation – Research

Education:

  • Muziekopleiding/Music: Vocal training
  • 1992:Licentiaat Kunstwetenschappen/Master in Art Sciences (KU Leuven)
  • 1992: Bijzonder diploma Teaterwetenschappen/ Higher Diploma Theatre Science  (K U Leuven)
  • 2007: PhD in the field of Arts Education – School of Education, University of Leeds

Internship:

  • 1993: Departement Dramaturgie Koninklijke Muntschouwburg/Department of Dramaturgy at The Royal Opera House – La Monnaie – Brussels

Experience:

  • 1994-1999: coördinator Nederlandstalige Educatieve Dienst/ coordinator Education Department (Flemish part) of The Royal Opera House – La Monnaie – Brussels .
  • 1999: Persverantwoordelijke/Head of Press for the international exhibition project Van Dyck 1999
  • 1999-2000: coordinator exhibition “Opéra. Un Chant d’Etoile”
  • 1999-2002: coordinator RESEO (European Network of Education Departments)
  • 2003 – 2010; Zelfstandig consultant, onderzoeker, projectmanager cultuur en nieuwe media/ independent consultant, researcher, projectmanager on culture and new media. Eerst binnen/ First within K&L bvba, vanaf/from 2008 solo: samenwerkingen met/worked together with e.g. HETPALEIS, AMUZ, Timefestival, Vlaamse Kunstcollectie, SMart vzw, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, deBuren, M M Mechelen, Moussem, Stichting Dirk Frimout, CultuurNet Vlaanderen, Cultuurbeleidscel Antwerpen, Cultuurcommunicatie Mechelen, Beleidscel e-Cultuur Departement Cultuur Jeugd Sport Media, Festival van Vlaanderen Brussel, Compagny & Leyder, Festival van Vlaanderen Brussel/Klarafestival, EUNIC, UA/Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, Monty, M Leuven, Moussem Nomadisch Kunstencentrum, FelixArt, deFilharmonie, …
  • 2004-5: algemeen coördinator ad interim Antwerpen Open vzw
  • 2008: general coordination of  Alter ego – a European project for  EUNIC within the ‘European year of intercultural dialogue’
  • 2009: Coördinator opleiding/Programme coordinator  Communicatie & Multimedia Design  at the  Media & Design Academy in Genk and lecturer change/projectmanagement
  • 2010: adjunct/(vice)-head of department Media & Design Academy (KHLim) , Genk
  • October 2010 – December 2012: Afdelingshoofd/Head of Department  Media, Arts & Design Faculty, Campus C-mine, Genk
  • January 2013 – September 2015 Decaan, onderzoeker en adviseur/Dean, Researcher and Advisor  LUCA Faculteit Kunsten van LUCA School of Arts / Bijzondere Faculteit Kunsten K U Leuven
  • October 2015 – present: visiting professor University of Malta – Department of Digital Arts – Faculty of Media and Knowledge Science: Active Design Processes – Collaborative Practices, Introduction to Design Thinking as well as visiting lecturer and supervisor Department of Marketing – Faculty of Accountancy, Management and Economics: Marketing Design & Advertising, Social Media Strategy, Digital Marketing, Marketing & Webservices, Online Survey Design, Customer Experience Design for Marketing and Management. And visiting lecturer Ethics in community art projects as well as ethnographic research for community arts projects for the Faculty of Education – Master of Arts Social Practice Arts and Critical Education.
  • October 2015 – present:  freelance consultant, researcher, projectmanager within  design, arts, culture & new technology; working with: Arts Council Malta: facilitation development 5-year strategy : Create2020 , evaluator funding programmes. Festivals Malta: expert role on first phase development Festivals & Event strategy for Malta. University College – Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels: facilitation development new curriculum  Digital Design & Development. Valletta Design Cluster: Facilitator development Design Action Plan (within the Interreg Design4Innovation project) as/als Experienced Design.
  • January 2016 – December 2018: Meeting Point Strand coordinator for Valletta2018 foundation  (including the artist residency programme).
  • Autumn 2016 – present: Member of the quality assurance committee van het NCFHE (de nationale regulator voor hoger en voortgezet onderwijs in Malta).
  • November 2018 – present: coördinator Pr en Marketing/ independent contractor for Pr and Marketing of the Valletta Baroque Festival en Opera  voor Teatru Manoel (Nationaal Theater) in collaboration with Stefan Kolgen.
  • Mei – December 2018: co-curator met Stefan Kolgen van de tentoonstelling (exhibition + exchange project with St Lucas Antwerpen):  The Island Indoors – 9 tot 30 November – 252CC -Ekeren/Antwerpen. Participating artists: Ryan Falzon, Aaron Bezzina, Caesar Attard, Matthew Attard and Marc Thiron.
  • Zomer – December 2019: with Stefan Kolgen of the solo exhibition of Aaron Bezzina at Valletta Contemporary – 1 November – 4 December 2019

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