About W139

W139 is a presentation and production space for contemporary art. W139 was established in 1979 and in 2019 celebrates forty years of providing artists time and space for free explorations in the heart of Amsterdam.

In dialogue with the collaborating artists and the local communities, the core will determine the artistic trajectory and program of the W139 for the years 2021-2023. The program marks a renewed positioning of W139 and continues its long history as a supporter of artistic and social resistance, as a platform for dialogue and encounter, as a facilitator, and a collaboration partner for radical imagination and inclusion.

Overall, the program addresses one of the most urgent needs within the cultural spheres and society as a whole: the need for sustained and supported solidarity. Together with artists, makers, designers, researchers, thinkers and activists, the program offers a critical outlook on the repercussions of the dominating neoliberal and capitalist structures. This topic is inspired by the reality of W139 in recent years, particularly after it lost a substantial part of its cultural subsidies. It also responds to and reflects the general atmosphere of the Dutch cultural field with the growing institutional competition over increasingly limited supporting resources.

The upcoming program will include various exhibitions and public events initiated and organized in collaboration with various makers, as well as additional projects selected via open calls and public discussions and roundtables on history of artist-run spaces.


For information on vacancies, internship applications and volunteering at W139 please click on the link above.


W139 has been designated by the belastingdienst (Dutch tax authorities) as a Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling Culturele Instelling (Public Benefit Institution Cultural Institution) (ANBI CI). Because of this designated status, private individuals can make a donation to W139 with extra tax benefits. For more information, see the website of the Belastingdienst. If you want to make a donation to W139, visit our supporting page.

Official name: Stichting W139
Public Name: W139
RSIN / ANBI nummer: 008265240
ANBI report 2018 (in Dutch)
ANBI report 2019 (in Dutch)
ANBI report 2020 (in Dutch)
ANBI report 2021 (in Dutch)

Objective according to regulations

The ambition of W139 is to be an exemplary, self-sufficient and primarily artist-run space that inspires society as a source of art. This is an inclusive space where optimal conditions are created for the fundamental need to discover and create.

The short-term ambition of W139 is to create conditions for artistic self-organization. The medium-term ambition is to realize artistic and financial self-organization in such a way that it inspires. W139 works outside the beaten tracks and asks artists to play a central and active role in creating an inclusive visual space and to let the audience be a part of this. W139 wants to make present and future generations of visual artists visible to the largest possible audience.

Remuneration policy

The members of the W139 board perform their duties without remuneration. The board members only receive a reimbursement for incurred expenses. W139 uses a market conform remuneration policy for employees and freelancers as a starting point.

History of exhibitions

2014 – 2021 | Initiators 

1980 – 2014 | Archive


Nadia Benchagra

Dana Claasen

Levi van Gelder

Dil Ghale

Sam Geer van der Klugt

Margarita Osipian

Fay Toxopeus

Annette Wolfsberger


Bart Stuart (artist)

Remco Mol (Head of Operations and Finance Amsterdam Museum)

George Korsmit (artist)

Iris Kensmil (artist)

Website Colophon

Laura Grimm (general development)
Ibo Ibelings (technical development)
Pendar Nabipour (design)
Jelle Reith (technical development)