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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools Winter Schools

Curating Europe

Sustainable Cultural Leadership
Map of Europe with stitches

What are the challenges Cultural Leaders across Europe face today ? What does it mean to study or work in the arts and cultural management field in contemporary Europe? By listening to both academics and practitioners in the field and by following workshops we will dive deeper into this subject during this winter school.

Also, we are really interested in your opinion on this subject. Therefore, we want to invite you to engage in an academic conversation. How do we create sustainable curating and cultural leadership practices? What challenges does the cultural sector face in the current globalized Europe? What does the future for arts and cultural field professionals and academics hold? If you have asked these questions yourself before and you are still struggling to find the answers this is the winter school for you to join. Opportunities will be provided to present your own research regarding arts and cultural management.

The winter school consists of five days. During the first half the students of the Research Master Cultural Leadership will present their research that they conducted in cultural institutions across Northern Europe. Together with these institutions, we will discuss the strategic questions they have concerning the distribution and/ or mediation of arts and heritage and their policies for enhancing the role of the arts and heritage in society. Participants are welcome to share their experiences. In this way we provide a basis for understanding the differences of working and studying the arts across Europe.

The second part of the Winter School will be dedicated to t he third annual arts cultural management conference (ACMC). On the occasion of the conference, 100-150 students and young professionals from various disciplines of arts and cultural management from all over Europe will come together in Groningen. At this unique platform participants will be offered the opportunity to present their research, to exchange knowledge and to expand their professional network. A variety of different formats (paper presentations, lectures, workshops) will allow for new theory and practice-based insights, as well as sharing and exploring within this diverse and international group. In this way the winter school will provide a broad overview of what is going on in different universities that address the question of what it means to work in the arts and cultural management field.

This winter school is a great opportunity to network, meet new peers and discus amongst the students and professionals in the European arts and cultural management field. Together with keynote speakers such as Maria Hlavajova, Kris Callensand and others that are actively working in the cultural sector in the Netherlands and abroad we hope to offer a wide range of opinions on the direction towards curating Europe and its culture. Inputs from our international keynote speakers will initiate further discussions on the topics and engage in a conversation with the audience. Consequentially this will facilitate deeper understanding of the current cultural European trends and the most arduous challenges Cultural Leaders face today.

Practical information

Dates & location 21 - 25 January 2020, Groningen, the Netherlands
Level BA/MA/PhD/Young professionals
Fee (excl. accommodation) Students: € 35
Alumni & Young Professionals: € 50
Academic staff:
Academic coordinator Dr. J.A.C. Kolsteeg , Faculty of Arts
dr. M.L. Wilders
, University College Groningen
Contact Sjoerd Hekman & Nienke Both: mail

The fee includes participation and coffee breaks. Participants are also invited to join the conference dinner on Saturday, to conclude the winter school.

This winter school does not provide housing accommodation. Kindly contact the coordinators at mail for recommendations of where to stay.


This winter school is designed for students and young professionals with a background or profound interest in the arts and cultural management field. Participants are expected to have experience in doing small scale research in the arts and cultural management field.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify and characterize different approaches to the study of arts and cultural management in Europe.
  2. Develop and build an argument for a vision on arts and cultural management in Europe.
  3. Present the results of their own research to an informed audience.
  4. Reflect upon the different ideologies across Europe that may influence the way arts and cultural management is studied.

The workload is estimated at:

Preparation: 5 hours
Lectures: 20 hours
Presentation: 5 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Winter School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 30 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.
Application procedure

To apply for this winter school, kindly fill out the online application form.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that applications will close once we reached our maximum number of participants.

This winter school is connected to the Cultural Leadership Research Master Programme. The mission of the Research Master's track Cultural Leadership is to train its students to conduct academic research into processes of cultural leadership. We equip them with essential scholarly expertise as well as analytical and strategic skills, so that they may carry culture forward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner, and ultimately become cultural leaders themselves.

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