About W139

W139 is a leading production and presentation space for contemporary art in the centre of Amsterdam that has been paving the way for experimentation and new modes of autonomy, self-organisation, and collectivity within the arts for 44 years.

Since its founding in 1979—when the monumental building was squatted by a collective of artists—W139 has remained embedded in an engaged and intergenerational community of makers. As an artist-driven organisation, W139 puts experimentation at the forefront—providing space for artists to take risks and realise experimental, urgent, and ambitious projects.

As a platform for dialogue and encounter, W139 supports artistic dissent and facilitates radical imagination and solidarity. Situated in an increasingly gentrified area, W139 offers a rare yet accessible stage for experimental contemporary art in the city centre of Amsterdam.

As an incubator for the arts, W139’s programme responds to contemporary issues while simultaneously being anchored in a rich cultural history. Our programming includes large-scale exhibitions and public events—initiated and organised in collaboration with a diverse group of makers—as well as projects selected via open calls.


For information on vacancies, internship applications and volunteering at W139 please go to our vacancy page.


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 2022 (in Dutch)
ANBI report 2021 (in Dutch)
ANBI report 2020 (in Dutch)
ANBI report 2019 (in Dutch)
ANBI report 2018 (in Dutch)

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.


W139 adheres to the Cultural Governance Code, Fair Practice Code and Code of Diversity & Inclusion.


Director: Annette Wolfsberger
Artistic team: Tomas Adolfs, Margarita Osipian, Claudio Ritfeld
Production: Dana Claasen, Ghiath Kween Qoutainy
Communication: Levi van Gelder, Ana Brichta
Finances: Sam Geer van der Klugt
Coordination: Nadia Benchagra
Caretaking: Dil Ghale


Bart Rutten – chairman (artistic director Centraal Museum Utrecht)
Remco Mol – treasurer (business director Amsterdam Museum)
George Korsmit – secretary (artist)
Iris Kensmil – bestuurslid (artist)
Susan Kooi – bestuurslid (artist)

Funders and Partners

W139 and its activities are supported by:

Gieskes-Strijbis Fund
Mondriaan Fund
Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
Hartwig Art Foundation
Netherland America Foundation
Iona Foundation
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Oedipus Brewing
Contributors of Supporting W139

Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds
Mondriaan Fonds
Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst
Gemeente Amsterdam
Het Cultuurfonds
Hartwig Art Foundation
Pictoright Fonds
Oedipus Brewing
Contributors of Supporting W139
Pro Elisarion Association
Goethe Institut

Mondriaan Fonds
Gemeente Amsterdam
Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
VriendenLoterij Fonds
HR voucher

Website Colophon

Concept & Design: Anja Groten
Web development: Heerko van der Kooij