Fianne Konings finished her teacher education for primary schools in Roermond on a thesis about productive and receptive visual imagination, based on the work ‘How we understand art’ of Michael Parsons. To further deepen her knowledge of arts- and culture education, she attended Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). She graduated with a thesis about arts education in secondary schools in Rotterdam. Since 1999 she works as an independent researcher on culture and education (www.bureaukoningskunst.nl ). She also worked at the Centre of Visual Arts Rotterdam and taught at primary schools, ArtEZ (Zwolle) and Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam). In 2020 Fianne defended her PhD-research on the contribution of cultural institutions to integrated curricula for culture education, at the University of Groningen. At the same time, she started working as a lecturer in arts education (BA, IBACS and MA), MA-thesis- and internship-supervisor at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and communication (ESHCC).
Fianne is interested in the role of formal education in the building of identity through heritage. In the Netherlands, a lot of cultural educational policy focuses on heritage education. At the same time, this heritage education is delivered very randomly and differs from the place a pupil lives. We don’t (yet) know how all these heritage-, art- and culture lessons contribute to the cultural development of children and how and what they contribute to forming their identity.