The Weight of Words, performance by Manuela Lucia Tessie.a.
OPEN CALL program 2018
20 May till 31 Jul 2017

Deadline submission: 31 July 2017

AtelierWG Foundation invites visual artists to organize a two-person exhibition accompanied by a series of events to be presented at the project space puntWG during 2018.

AtelierWG believes that artists have a unique sensibility when interacting with other artists and when reflecting on each other’s work. With this invitation atelierWG seeks to provide artists with the opportunity to profit from its exhibition space and its central location in Amsterdam.

Our focus for 2018 is on proposals that respond to and explore the format of a two-person exhibition. This could be in the form of an existing duo, first time collaboration or other forms of collaboration. The key word is ‘dialogue’.

We look for proposals that combine additional events such as performance, screening, lecture, artist talk, dinner etcetera. Each artist is offered three-four weeks to realize and present his or her project (including setting up and taking down). The artists will be selected on the basis of the experimental quality of their proposal and an innovative approach to the use of the exhibition space.

Funding and support

AtelierWG Foundation will provide the space: puntWG, as well as publicity and support where possible. The selected artists are responsible for production costs.

Application guidelines

Please include the following documents in your submission:

  • A PDF with the following information: full name, postal address, phone number, e-mail and website
  • CV, max 2 A4
  • Presentation proposal of max. 300 words: idea for an exhibition/ event plan, the motivation for showing at puntWG and the artists with whom you wish to collaborate.
  • A maximum of five images in jpg format, 2MB all together
  • Please indicate the preferred period of time for you to exhibit, and indicate also when you are not The more accurate you are, the better for the planning.

All applications, with enclosures, should be sent, by email only, to:

The submission deadline is 31 July 2017.

All applicants will be notified before 15 August 2017.

For general information and questions regarding puntWG, please contact team puntWG:


AtelierWG is an artists’ studio complex located in two buildings of the former Wilhelminagasthuis hospital. It is situated in the Hallendistrict in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. With its 120 studios, atelierWG is the largest artists’ studio complex in the Netherlands.

PuntWG is an artist-run experimental project- and presentation space and is part of atelierWG. It offers a lively program of exhibitions, performances, concerts, lectures and discussions, organized both by artists from within and outside atelierWG.

In addition, puntWG collaborates with airWG (the artist-in-residence program), which was launched more than a year ago. PuntWG is financially supported by the artists of atelierWG.

The programming is in the hands of team puntWG: Noa Giniger, Frank Mandersloot, Anna Volkova and Vincent Vulsma.

ECCOCI presentation
Billur Altinordu, Aniya Dunkley, Deema Murad, Yip Hiu Tung onder begeleiding van Lucy Sarneel
30 Jul 2017 — 12:00 till 20:00 hrs

ECCOCI is a pre-exhibition of the four MFA 2017 graduating students of Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy, tutored by Lucy Sarneel.

These four women come from four different corners of the world and bring with them a truly unique approach of design. ECCOCI is a preview of developed work up to now for their graduation solo exhibition. In essence, ECCOCI is the moment of pause and reflection before they dive into the next phase of their careers as jewellery artists.

Per Stability, Jake Singer
airWG end presentation
Jake Singer
21 till 23 Jul 2017

airWg is proud to present the end presentation of their current artist Jake Singer. Singer is a multidisciplinary artist from Johannesburg. He looks for "charged" objects, ie materials that can be fragmented and reformed into new entities.  

He says, "in Amsterdam I have noticed how ordered the landscape is. This is a strong contrast to where I come from. For me, Amsterdam represents the idyllic. This state of being is, to some extent, a result of its colonial history, and of transporting objects. The idyllic nature of this city is largely possible because other places are not.”

In this exhibition at the end of his residency at airWG, Singer will aim to “deconstruct the the ideal” through multimedia. 

The opening will start with a discussion about the work between Singer and Bert de Liefde.​ Bert is a pilot who travels on average to three different continents a month. Because of his long term interest in art, he uses flying as a tool to meet people in the global art world such as curators, artists etc. These activities have given him a better understanding of local contexts which inform artistic production. This is how Bert met Jake in his studio in Johannesburg, two years ago.

Opening hours

Fri 21 - 07 van 14:00 tot 18:00
Sa 22 - 07 van 14:00 tot 18:00
Sun 23 - 07 van 14:00 tot 18:00

Family Album. Anna Volkova.
The Roots / De Wortels
Anna Volkova
8 till 16 Jul 2017

For the exhibition at puntWG the artist explores her memories. The paper-cut portraits, hand-sculpted porcelain, sketches, short novels and black-and-white photos are results of a long research. Through the years she has continuously worked on a project: “Family Album”, which contains images, letters, drawings and stories of four generations of her family. Piece by piece gently picking up particles that can tell her who she is. The artist believes that this personal research also has social value – you can see a change of epochs, characters, cultures and ideas within one small family.

The exhibition is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-6 pm.

On the artist

Volkova’s work is mainly about Nostalgia. Nostalgia for the times which she experienced or dreamed of. Her roots lie in St-Petersburg where she was influenced once and for all by its great architecture, culture and history.

She grew up in Soviet times in a family where her parents created a field of spiritual magnetism full of cultural events, despising and protesting the existing Soviet system with many likeminded families.

Living in this epoch, witnessing and even talking to some great people had a big influence on her. Important events, memories and obsessions - from these revelations she selected the most visually bright moments and incorporated them into ideas for her installations.

Logo Mondriaan

Sedimentation of Memory, installation overview, 2017 © Kristina Benjocki
Sedimentation of Memory
Kristina Benjocki
10 Jun till 2 Jul 2017

The exhibition Sedimentation of Memory  of Kristina Benjocki collapses visual narratives based on historical and geological findings related to Cannerberg, a cavernous hill located between the Dutch and Belgian border. From Neolithic times, continuous mining of flint nodules and later limestone created a complex network of underground tunnels around the Caesert plateau. In Limburg province, these hand cut tunnels are commonly referred to as “the caves” while hills are often referred to as “the mountains.” Cannerberg bears traces from various histories: from Neolithic times to World War II, the Cold War and the Maastricht treaty - considered as the beginning of the European Union. Sedimentation of Memory is an introduction to Portrait of a Mountain, a long-term research project that will result in a video essay and a book (2015-2018).

Sedimentation of Memory is an installation with five Kodak carrousel projectors and lime stone blocks, duration 8 minutes looped, 2017. It combines technology, visual and material remnants of the time that has passed and of the location.

 The project draws from a variety of sources from private and public archives, tracing characters as they surface from different mediums: black-and-white or color photographs, VHS tapes, scanned documents, natural history books, military brochures, tourist guides or the most recent unclassified records from the NATO archive in Brussels.

The exhibition is open every saturday and sunday from 14 untill 18 o'clock.

This project is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and the Werner Mantz Lab.

On the artist

Kristina Benjocki was born in Zrenjanin, Yugoslavia. Her research based practice focuses on the investigation of historical and cultural revisionism seen as political mechanisms of forgetting and remembering in the context of the former east and west. She was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy, her most recent exhibitions include Please empty your wallets at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rjeka (HR), Social Contract at Izolyatsia in Kiev (UA), Dmitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award at Remont art gallery in Belgrade (RS), Resolution 827 at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam in Amsterdam (NL), Excude/Include at Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam (NL), This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time at AUB gallery in Beirut (LB) and Stedelijk Museum Bureau in Amsterdam (NL) amongst others.

bathroom of ICE train (private photo)
The Weathers They Live In

Nicola Arthen e.a.

13 till 28 May 2017

Thought: Isn’t it the simultaneous presence of warm and cold air on our body that can make us as sensitive to a present moment that any wish for a place elsewhere is suspended for some time?

The start for this exhibition consists of two experiences, which sometimes coincide ambivalently as they will for this occasion: a corporeal awareness of oneself when subjected to a mix of temperatures and the frustration while encountering products or architecture that have transformed from open source to sealed surface.

An exhibition with:
Nicola Arthen
Alondra Castellanos Arreola
Paul Bernhard
Dan Walwin
Baha Görkem Yalim


Part 1:  Saturday 13 May 2017 – 18:00 till 21:27 hrs

Part 2:  Saturday 20 May 2017 – 18:00 till 21:27 hrs

Round-Up:  Saturday 27 May 2017 – 18:00 till 21:27 hrs.

Also open on Sundays – 14:00 till 18:00 hrs and additionally by appointment. For more information on the additional program visit the Facebook page and the website

The exhibition and its program is generously supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and Mondriaan Fund.

Bus stop, Alkyd and oil paint on linen, 40 x 85 cm.
Rondzwervende nachtschilder / Wandering artist of the night
Maarten Welbergen
29 Apr till 8 May 2017

"7 am on a frosty autumn morning
Fog is still hanging low
I’m not the only one waiting for the bus!
Nights and early mornings are the most poetic moments of the day.
Especially when the fog is hanging low and everything gets blurred.
When streetlamp-lights become iridescent light-balls floating in the sky.
Everything is silent and everybody is still asleep.
These are the moments when I wander around to find my motives to draw and paint."

This exhibition shows Maarten Welbergen's most recent travel drawings, watercolours and drawings and paintings of the night. He calls that last series of work ‘Nocturnes’.

The subject is ‘Nocturne’, a musical definition that well describes Welbergen’s fascinating night scenes. The effects of artificial light in deep dark surroundings with mysterious shades triggers Welbergen’s inspiration.

The artist also organizes a lecture about ‘Artists of the Night’. Throughout the history of art, from the late Middle Ages onwards, artists have been inspired to depict night scenes. Sometimes they were inspired by Bible-texts and sometimes by a Romantic ‘Empfindung’. The magic of twilight, moonlight and of artificial light casting long shadows has always triggered the imagination of certain artists. This lecture is also about what is happening in the mind of Maarten Welbergen himself, during his nocturnal wanderings to search subjects for his paintings.

Maarten Welbergen (1956) is rooted in the (painting) tradition, while at the same time searching for the artistic boundaries of this tradition. He paints and draws portraits, landscapes, still lifes and allegorical subjects. One of his specialties is the ‘cut-out’ by which he cuts the shape out of a wooden panel and paints it so as to enhance the effect of ‘trompe l’oeil’.

The exhibition is open on Sunday April 30th, Wednesday May 3th, Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th from 14:00 to 18:00 hrs and also by appointment.

The lecture 'Artists of the night' is on Sunday the 7th of May from 20:00 to 21:30 hrs.

Maarten Welbergen also answered 'A Question.'

Cut out from a drawing and two objects. Drawing: Bernadette Beunk, Objects: Maria Schilder
Drawn Objects
Bernadette Beunk, Maria Schilder
15 till 23 Apr 2017

About one year ago Bernadette Beunk and Maria Schilder joined together to combine their respective art disciplines. The serenity of Beunk's abstract world and Schilder's objects are being matched in the synthesis of painted and drawn objects. This is the second time their collaborative work is being shown. Along with collaborative works individual pieces are part of the exhibition, so the viewer can place the results of this collaboration in the perspective of the artists' original artwork.

Bernadette Beunk's drawings can be viewed as condensed sensory impressions. For the artist the place of every individual work in the order of creation is essential. Every work is intimately related to the works created before and after it. The creative process is a forward thrust propelled by the inexhaustible curiosity about the possibilities embodied in the drawn line. After some time the creation dates of the drawings lose their importance. When the work is ready to be shown independent series are put together following purely formal criteria only.

Maria Schilder is fascinated by natural phenomena, especially the different forms of existence and the extreme contrasts. In the process of making her objects she often relies on those ideas. But on the other hand she plays associatively with form and material. The intention is to create a new dimension. Not to represent the everyday reality, but to give a new vision.

Open Sunday April 16th, Monday April 17th and Thursday April 20th until Sunday April 23th, on these days from 14:00 until 18:00 o'clock.