[Full CV]

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


  • Music: Vocal training
  • Master in Art Sciences (KU Leuven)
  • Higher Diploma Theatre Science  (K U Leuven)
  • PhD in the field of Arts Education – School of Education, University of Leeds


  • Department of Dramaturgy at The Royal Opera House – La Monnaie – Brussels


  • 1994-1999: coordinator Education Department (Flemish part) of The Royal Opera House – La Monnaie – Brussels .
  • 1999: 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 independent consultant, researcher, projectmanager on culture and new media. First within K&L bvba, from 2008 solo: 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: coordinator ad interim Antwerpen Open
  • 2008: coordination of  Alter ego – a European project for  EUNIC within the ‘European year of intercultural dialogue’
  • 2009: Programme coordinator  Communicatie & Multimedia Design  at the  Media & Design Academy in Genk and lecturer change/projectmanagement
  • 2010: (vice)-head of department Media & Design Academy (KHLim) , Genk
  • October 2010 – December 2012: Head of Department  Media, Arts & Design Faculty, Campus C-mine, Genk
  • January 2013 – September 2015 Dean, Researcher and Advisor  LUCA Faculteit Kunsten van LUCA School of Arts / Bijzondere Faculteit Kunsten K U Leuven
  • Since October 2015 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.
  • Since October 2015 independent 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)
  • January 2016 – December 2018 Meeting Point Strand coordinator for Valletta2018 foundation  (including the artist residency programme).
  • Member of the quality assurance committee van het NCFHE, de nationale commissie voor hoger en voortgezet onderwijs.
  • co-curator with Stefan Kolgen of the exhibition and the exchange project The Island Indoors – 9 tot 30 November – 252CC -Ekeren/Antwerpen. Participating artists: Ryan Falzon, Aaron Bezzina, Caesar Attard, Matthew Attard and Marc Thiron.
  • Since January 2019 working as a freelancer under Experience Design: Pr and Marketing Valletta Baroque Festival and the Opera for Teatru Manoel.

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