We are delighted to announce that the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK) has awarded us a subsidy for 2021 to 2024 as part of its Arts and Culture Memorandum (Kunstenplan). We are grateful to the AFK for their confidence in our organization, and for recognizing the importance of Amsterdam Art Weekend to the city.
After ten years, we are looking forward with renewed enthusiasm to build upon Amsterdam’s position as an international city of art. Together with our partners and stakeholders, we will continue our efforts to attract international professionals and a new generation of Amsterdam art lovers.
In these turbulent times, we cannot take for granted that the arts and culture will continue to exist in the same way they did before. Therefore, we are determined to make a meaningful contribution to the various links in the chain: artists, galleries, curators, museums, residencies, project spaces.
In awarding the subsidy, the AFK committee stated:
“In our opinion, during its almost ten years of existence, Amsterdam Art has amply proven itself as an intermediary between Amsterdam’s art institutions and a new domestic and international audience. This is apparent from the large number of institutions and galleries taking part in the event, and opening new exhibitions to coincide with the Art Weekend.”
We look forward to continuing to organize Amsterdam Art weekend over the coming years. The past eight editions have attracted an average of fifty-eight participating locations and 48,000 visitors. Living in the ‘new normal’ means we cannot hold such large-scale events at this moment, so we are creating a one-off Amsterdam Art Gallery Weekend from 25 to 29 November 2020. Because this event is based at the galleries, we will be able to keep visitor numbers under control and take safety measures.
Caroline van den Tempel, the director of Amsterdam Art, said: “Amsterdam Art Gallery Weekend is the perfect opportunity to highlight galleries and the artists they represent. We want to inspire new and existing Dutch art lovers to buy art.”
The ninth Art Weekend will take place from 15 to 18 April 2021, simultaneously with the Open Studios of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. It will include not only galleries, but also project spaces, residencies, and leading cultural institutions.