Please note: the Lectoraat of Art & Public Space (LAPS) has been discontinued since November 2022. LAPS has since changed to LASP: Art & Spatial Praxis.

As the main point in the Netherlands, LAPS, Research Institute for Art and Public Space led by Jeroen Boomgaard from 2003 to 2022, contributed to the development, disclosure and presentation of knowledge on art and public space. The research institute carried out research, on the one hand on fundamental questions and basic principles in regard to art, design and the public domain, and on the other hand on practical problems in relation to specific situations. LAPS, Research Institute for Art and Public Space worked for commissioners that vary from public authorities to organizations and freelancers. The research institute also initiated its own research and disperses the results through symposia, lectures, debates, publications and exhibitions..

Jeroen Boomgaard (1953) was Professor of Art and Public Space for 19 years (2003-2022) at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and has established a strong foundation for artistic research at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut. He studied Art History at the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD in Art History from that same university.

Until 2019 Boomgaard held a position as assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, functioning as coordinator of the Research Master track Artistic Research since 2007. In that capacity he has been co-supervising 6 PhD’s. At the moment he is still co-supervising 4 PhD candidates in artistic research.

From 2017 to 2021 he was Program manager of the Amsterdam Research Institute of the Arts and Sciences (ARIAS) a platform for research collaboration supported by University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

From 2018 to 2021 Boomgaard was leading an Erasmus+ grant collaboration on the doctorate in the arts. See:

Between 2019 and 2022 Boomgaard received an NOW Smart Cultures Grant for the project Contemporary Commoning, a collaboration between Gerrit Rietveld Academie/Sandberg Institute, University of Amsterdam, Waag FutureLab, Casco: Working for the Commons and Studio René Boer, financially supported by BPD/Bouwfonds Gebiedsontwikkeling. See: