The Hague – On Monday November 5th at 19:00, the fourth ARC (art_research_convergence) forum will take place at De Nieuwe Regentes in The Hague. ARC is a new platform for the artistic-academic discourse in the Netherlands and is an initiative of the Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA).

The arts have always played the role of criticizing and questioning our everyday reality. By doing that, they allow us to discover what we have in common, what makes us human. A society cannot come to its full potential without the arts. Today however, the arts are often institutionalized and locked up in the ivory tower of sophistication. At the same time, they suffer from declining funding and governmental support. Classical music, dance and visual arts tend to become museum pieces that are just accessible or understandable for the elite. How can the arts have a meaningful voice in todays society? How can music, dance and visual arts embody connection? How should we educate the next generation of artist to find their voice? Which role can research play? In this ARC session, we will investigate various ways of social engagement through the arts and see how music, dance and visual arts can bridge the gap between performers and audiences, different cultures, old, young, animals and humans. In four presentations, we will hear how a group of musicians enriches a ‘forgotten’ neighborhood of The Hague with new cultural traditions, how two dancers allow immigrants find moments of meeting through dance and movement, how elderly people feel less lonely by sharing their lives with a dog, and how a collective of musicians and visual artist challenge existing conventions of performance. Free entrance.


Natalie Heller and Marianthi MichailidouMoments of Meeting

Ilona Sie Dhian HoThe city musician

Angela BartramDog and the Elderly

Heloisa AmaralRestored behavior, fluid roles

More information on ARC:

The Venue:

De Nieuwe Regentes: 

Address: Weimarstraat 63 2562 GR Den Haag

Upcoming sessions

Korzo Theater - 3 December 
Online session – date and time TBA


ARC SESSION November 2018:

Social Engagement

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What is ARC?

ARC (art_research_convergence) is an outreach initiative of Leiden University for the active communication of artistic research. ARC hosts exhibitions, installations, lectures and performances every first Monday of the month in the cultural hotspots in The Hague. The idea is to enable a space of communication and action where artist-researchers can show work in progress (or finished work in need of feedback) and discuss it with the audience.

ARC plays a connective role in the network of artistic and investigative practices. It strengthens the knowledge infrastructure in the dynamic field of practice-based research as well as brings it into the public eye. In doing so, it contributes to the knowledge economy in the region.

This project acts as a forum or laboratory, in which artist-researchers work together with other cultural players on new works, designs and performance practices.



  • What? Performances, exhibitions, installations, lectures and other formats suitable for the communication of artistic research.


  • Who? Artist-researchers, including graduate students, doctoral candidates and lecturers at artistic research institutions as well as independent artists who regard and represent their work as research. No institutional affiliation is required.


  • For whom? General audience interested in the relationship between art and research, artists, researchers and students whose field has to do with artistic and/or research practices.


  • When? Every first Monday of the month (except August), starting at 19:00.


  • Where? Anna van Beurenplain, The Grey Space in the Middle, Studio LOOS, De Neuwe Regentes, Korzo Theater.


The 101 questionnaire


Lately, 'research' and 'researcher' have become buzzwords in academic institutions and artistic communities. The conversation about practice-based research in the arts is lively, to be sure, so much so that it also can be baffling at times. 

'I'm an artist'—you might say—but how do I know if I'm an artist-researcher?' 'Is ARC something for me?' To find out, take this 101 questionaire:


The production of art is a fundamental part of my research process


Art is partly the result of my research 


I do see myself as a researcher.

I do represent my own practice as research


If you tick all boxes, then yes, ARC is definitely something for you. 'But do I need some kind of diploma? How about an institutional affiliation, like, being a student or an instructor somewhere?' 

No and no. ARC is open to you regardless of your previous studies, your ties to the academia and the stage of your career. 

Want to know more about artistic research? Here is a good introduction to the concept (see Ch. 2)

Should you have any questions

Don't hesitate to contact us!

ARC is an initiative of the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) 

          a collaboration between Leiden University and the University of the Arts The Hague


Points of convergence

The Grey Space in the Middle is a space for fundamental creativity. It is an open laboratory and presentation space where art and digital culture unite with science and philosophy in an anti-disciplinary state, connecting [zeitgeist] + [network] + [technology].

De Nieuwe Regentes is a theatre with a single vision: to further cultural and social connections. Its motto 'for and by the neighborhood' gives expression to the 'grassroot' motivation of the professional team and the diverse group of volunteers, artists and partners that make it come to life.

Studio LOOS is a workspace, laboratory and public presentation place for research, experimentation, development, innovation and production of interdisciplinary electro acoustic music, sound art & audio art, improvisation and composition, monomedia, bimedia, polymedia and hypermedia

Korzo has a reputation for being an adventurous venue in the old city center of The Hague, but also for being one of the largest production houses for the dance in the Netherlands. After a major renovation of the building in the Prinsestraat Korzo finally comes home!