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.

As an open development-oriented and connective source of art, W139 aims to activate and stimulate artistic and intellectual freedom. To this end W139 offers a continuously renewing group of artists time, space and responsibility to initiate group exhibitions with their artistic practices and ambitions as starting point. During the process from idea to realisation the members of the W139 team offer their knowledges and skills to assist initiators and their groups in making sensory, sensitive and inclusive exhibitions. New initiating artists are selected from the group shows and on the basis of irregular Open Calls. Since 2017 individual artists and artist duos are invited to present new or existing work in the exhibition space on the first floor, the Polarroom.

Read more about the history of W139 via archive.w139.nl.

Initiators 2014 – now

Kees Boevé (2014) ➪ Oscar Peters (2014 – 2017) ➪ Philip Vermeulen (2017 – now)

Caetano (2014 – 2015) ➪ André Avelãs (2015 – 2018) ➪ Jonathan Mikkelsen (2018 – now)

Aquil Copier (2014) ➪ Marcel van den Berg (2014 – 2016) ➪ Bert Jacobs (2016 – now)

Sue van Geijn (2014 – 2016)

Sandra Gnjatović (2014 – 2016)

Esther de Graaf (2014 – 2018) ➪

Judith Kisner (2014 – 2017)

Dorine van Meel (2014 – 2015) ➪ Ninna Bohn Pedersen (2015 – 2018) ➪

Lot Meijers / k.i. beyoncé (now Samet Yilmaz) (2014 – 2015) ➪ PEACH Ghislain Amar & Anna Maria Łuczak (2015 – 2016)

Sachi Miyachi (2014 – now)

Sara Pape Garcia (2014 – 2016)

Karl Philips (2014 – 2015) ➪ Taisiya Krugovykh & Vasily Bogatov (2015 – 2019)

Nans Quetel & Michael Petri (2014 – 2016)

Evelina Rajca (2014 – now)

Sam Samiee (2014)

Anami Schrijvers (2014 – 2015) ➪ Axel Linderholm (2015 – now)

Fraser Stewart (2014 – 2016) ➪ Sil Krol (2016 – now)

Martijn Tellinga (2014 – 2015)

Suzanne Posthumus (2015)

After Howl (2016 – 2018) ➪

Marius Land (2016 – 2017)

Pendar Nabipour (2016 – 2017)

Margarita Osipian & Helena Sanders (2016)

Dan Walwin (2016 – 2017) ➪ Franziska Schulz and Charlott Weise (2017 – now) + Jacob Dwyer (2017 – now)

Simon Wald- Lasowski (2018 – now)


Nadia Benchagra
Isabel da Costa
Jacob Dwyer
Dil Ghale
Sam Geer van der Klugt
Jowon van der Peet
Jeroen de Smalen


For information on vacancies, internship applications and volunteering at W139 please check out: vacancies


Bart Stuart (artist)

Annette Wolfsberger (producer and curator)

George Korsmit (artist)
Iris Kensmil (artist)
Remco Mol (Amsterdam Museu)

Website Colophon

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


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, please contact info@w139.nl.

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