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Schools of Visual Arts, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Professorship for Artistic Research (three years) at the

International Centre of Knowledge in the Arts / Center for Kunstnerisk Viden og Udvikling, Copenhagen

Acting on behalf of the Ministry of Culture’s seven institutions of higher artistic education within the fields of visual arts, film, music and performing arts, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is looking for a professor who will spearhead the planning, directing and development of a newly established International Centre of Knowledge in the Arts (in Danish: Center for Kunstnerisk Viden og Udvikling).

About the International Centre of Knowledge in the Arts

The new centre of knowledge will facilitate artistic research (KUV in Danish), which may also extend to basic research into other knowledge found within the realm of art.

The International Centre of Knowledge in the Arts is tasked with defining, developing and qualifying research methods that take their starting point in artistic knowledge. The centre will facilitate the establishment of a research environment with an international outlook and critical profile, one capable of further developing the knowledge base underpinning art education today.

The centre’s work will cut across the various disciplines covered by the institutions of education found under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture in Denmark. It will strengthen cooperation between the institutions’ research and development areas and integrate these into an international context.

About the position

The new Professor of Artistic Research (Kunstnerisk udviklingsvirksomhed) at the International Centre of Knowledge in the Arts will hold the overall responsibility for planning and directing the establishment of the new centre. The professor will refer to the rector of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts and will maintain an ongoing dialogue with the centre’s steering committee.  

The professor will hold overall responsibility for the academic/professional work conducted at the centre and for directing the academic/research profile of the Knowledge Centre internally and externally.

The position includes work with artistic research (KUV) and interdisciplinary knowledge work.

Duties and responsibilities

The professor’s main tasks are:

  • to plan and direct the development of the Centre of Knowledge in collaboration with the rector of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts and the centre’s steering committee
  • to carry out overall organisational and strategic planning of the academic/artistic research conducted at the Centre of Knowledge
  • to direct the academic/artistic research in keeping with the centre’s strategy
  • to lead and coordinate the work done on developing methods and quality criteria
  • to support the publication of academic/artistic research and development activities across the seven institutions of artistic education involved in the Centre.
  • to create a vibrant environment for artistic research, conducted among active artists and researchers and cutting across the various institutions of artistic education involved. Among other things, this may involve developing and conducting symposia, conferences, seminars and workshops
  • to help develop international networks and collaborative relationships within knowledge in the arts
  • to hold the overall managerial responsibility for administrative tasks related to the centre.



The successful applicant must have carried out substantial and documented original artistic research and/or academic research on art, ideally supplemented by other academic/scientific work at a high international level. This may include, but is not restricted to, further development of disciplines related to artistic research.

The future professor must also have practical experience with initiating research and development projects and with undertaking research management, including management of interdisciplinary research projects, international research and development projects as well as research and development projects that cut across the institutions of artistic education involved.

Prospective applicants will ideally have carried out documented special initiatives within the field of teaching, preferably leading to new developments.

Furthermore, it is assumed that the professor has excellent, proven communication and collaboration skills.

Please submit your written application to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts no later than 22.11 2019.

Please read the full job advertisement and details concerning application procedure at

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