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 the summer of 2020, Fadwa Naamna, Margarita Osipian and Sam Samiee, were appointed as W139’s core artistic team. In dialogue with the collaborating artists and the local communities, the core group 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.
Artistic core group | 2021 – 2023
Isabel da Costa
Sam Geer van der Klugt
Jowon van der Peet
Jeroen de Smalen
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Bart Stuart (artist)
Annette Wolfsberger (producer and curator)
George Korsmit (artist)
Iris Kensmil (artist)
Remco Mol (business director Amsterdam Museum)
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 email@example.com.
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.