Art & Money

"Kunst in tijden van bezuiniging: uitdagingen & kansen." (Cees Hamelink)

Year: 2015
Kunst en Geld
Class of the Arts

Stuurgroep van het Denkersprogramma Kunst en Geld

Michel Buylen
Siegfried De Buck
Inez Dua
Freddy Dumortier
Willem Elias
Mark Eyskens
Cees Hamelink
Francis Maes
Max Martens
Lucien Posman
Marc Ruyters
Annick Schramme
Bart Verschaffel



In 2015, the Class of Arts organised a Thinkers’ Programme on the topic of ‘Art & Money’, tackling the debate on art and culture in Flranders. The purpose was to thoroughly analyse the societal relevance of the entire Flemish arts and cultural sector. This analysis, of course, exceeds the visual arts, with music, architecture, performing arts and literature also being tackled. 

The programme was based on two clusters: arts & policy and art & urban economy, brought together by Thinker-in-residence Cees Hamelink.


Cees Hamelink

Cees Jan Hamelink (°1940) is emeritus professor of International Communications at the University of Amsterdam, professor of media, religion and culture at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and professor in management information and knowledge at the University of Aruba.

He was chair of the Dutch League for Human Rights, chair of the Jan van Eyck Academie, honorary president of the International Association for Media and Communication Research and chair of Amsterdam World Jazz City 2014.

Hamelink wrote over seventeen book on communication, culture and technology. Among which best sellers as "The Technology Gamble", "The Politics of World Communication" and "The Ethics of Cyberspace".

Next to all this he is a passionate jazz musician. As a bassist he played in the trio with Louis van Dijk. Since 2008 he plays with Tamara Hoekwater in the Bourgondisch Combo, performing in the Netherlands and abroad. On 3 October 2014 they launched their CD I said yes in the Faculty Club of the University of Amsterdam.