airWG is a think tank and laboratory for (creative) projects, new forms of cooperation and collaboration aimed at experimentation and artistic development.
The atelierWG Foundation was established in 1989, following the relocation of the hospital Wilhelmina Gasthuis now the AMC – Academic Medical Center – artists, small business owners and residents have shaped and preserved the unique character and special site of WG in Amsterdam. Today a large number of artists are living and working on the grounds, including those who are part of atelierWG (in Pavilions 18 and 19) the initiator of the airWG residency program.
atelierWG has developed numerous art activities, hosted exhibitions, including monthly open studio events, and has organised international exchanges with artists’ collectives.
Since 2006, atelierWG has its own gallery exhibition space, puntWG. It offers an interdisciplinary project space and stage for the arts, with a lively programme of exhibitions, performances, concerts, lectures and discussions.
As of September 2015, atelierWG has started an artist in residence program, airWG.
airWG is organised and coördinated by the airWG team, a volunteering group of artists, who are interested to host an (inter)national artist in residency program at their studio building in Amsterdam: Rob ter Haar, Hugo Palmar,, Els van der Graaf, Eva Gonggrijp, Hermelinde Hergenhahn and Tatjana Macic.
Many Thanks go out to our former team members Anthea Bush, Antoinette Nausikaä, Rody Luton,Holger Nikisch, Nicholas Burman, Stannie Vliegenthart, Jorien van Santen and BarBara Hanlo for making airWG a reality and to Meinke Horn, Ron Zijlstra, Pauline Wiertz and housing association Stadgenoot for the renovation of the studio.