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.