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
Sue van Geijn (2014 – 2016)
Sandra Gnjatović (2014 – 2016)
Esther de Graaf (2014 – 2018) ➪
Judith Kisner (2014 – 2017)
Sachi Miyachi (2014 – now)
Sara Pape Garcia (2014 – 2016)
Evelina Rajca (2014 – now)
Sam Samiee (2014)
Martijn Tellinga (2014 – 2015)
Suzanne Posthumus (2015)
After Howl (2016 – 2018) ➪
Marius Land (2016 – 2017)
Pendar Nabipour (2016 – 2017)
Simon Wald- Lasowski (2018 – now)
Isabel da Costa
Sam Geer van der Klugt
Jowon van der Peet
For information on vacancies, internship applications and volunteering at W139 please check out: vacancies
Bart Stuart (artist)
Erika Happe (head of development Allard Pierson Museum and Special Collections)
Annette Wolfsberger (producer and curator)
Martijn van Boven (artist)
Iris Kensmil (artist)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.