Institutional roles and responsibilities


A centre for research - art - dialogue

Co-directors Lars Ebert, Michael Defuster and Frans Damman developed H401 from a hermetic exile publishing house (Castrum Peregrini) and former home of artist Gisèle into a vibrant centre for art, research and dialogue. Residencies, exhibitions, lectures, debates, workshops, performances, think tank meetings, international projects and publications embrace a variety of  disciplines to collaboratively explore a pressing social issue with a participatory approach and an expert audience.


The political voice of the cultural sector in Europe

Lars is a board member of Cultue Action Europe (CAE), the leading network of cultural organisations, artists, activists, academics & policy-makers.

CAE advocates for access to the arts and participation in culture as a fundamental right of every citizen. It lobbys for public investment in culture and the arts as the main force for the development of more sustainable and more cohesive societies.


Enhancing Quality in the Arts

Lars is co-founder and chair of the board of EQ-Arts, the first transnational sector specific quality assurance agency for the arts.

Through its activities EQ-Arts supports higher arts education institutions in the self-evaluation and enhancement of their internal quality systems to promote a strong quality culture across the higher arts education sector.


Serendipity in Action

A charitable foundation established by Chris Wainwright, Carla Delfos and Lars Ebert. It aims to widen participation and engagement in future developments in the Arts.

Art Futures organises round table conversations on current challenges in arts and culture and publishes the outcomes. It collaborates with H401, Boekman Stichting e.a. and supports initiatives like the Disorderly Women Allience.


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