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Welcome Stranger has organized several projects. The initial projects were intended as a comment on the official art circuit - not from recalcitrance or idealism, but to seek reflection. Instead of a preconceived subject, motto or motif, the focus was simply on the discoveries that naturally arose from the situation: a house in the city, and with that the interaction between private space and public space, publicness and privacy. As the relevance of these and their related issues only grows Welcome Stranger continues to explore them unabated. Just think of surveillance techniques and online privacy and notions of hospitality, being a stranger and belonging to a place have taken on new social and political significance. While exploring for Welcome Stranger creating space for dialogue between artists and opportunities to show art in inexpected places is important. 


Curator Marianna van der Zwaag (1971) studied art history (MA) at the University of Amsterdam and is interested in new forms of art production and presentation and fostering collaborations between artists. From 2017, she is revitalising Welcome Stranger.

Graphic design: Tariq Heijboer

Communication: Joanie Croes

Advisory board: Ann Demeester, art critic and museum director, Marijn van Kreij, visual artist 

The foundation's supervisory board consists of Saskia Janssen (chairman), visual artist, Wytske Visser (secretary), coördinator Public Program Museum De Lakenhal and Lia Gieling (member), curator of the now disbanded Cargo in Context. The board members receive no remuneration for their work.

Before: Marjolein Schaap en Ken Zeph, instigators in the '90's.  Hester Elzerman, arthistorian, teacher and researcher, was committed from 1998-2020.


– De Groene Amsterdammer Roos van Lint over Minne Kersten 07.07.22 
 Trouw Djuna Spreksel over Lily van der Stokker Esther Tielemans e.a. 19.10.21
– Metropolis M Thomas van Huut Esther Tielemans nr 5 2021
– Metropolis M Manuela Zammit Radna Rumping 23 september 2021
– Parool Kees Keijser Lucas Lenglet 30.10.20
 Parool André van Bergen, Jeanne van Heeswijk Job Koelewijn e.a. 21.03.98
NRC Christiaan Bastiaans Rob Birza Maarten de Reus Berend Strik 27.11.1992 


Welcome Stranger Foundation
by adress Da Costakade 19hs
1052 SE Amsterdam
Chamber of Commerce number: 41212760
RSIN: 802067700

Welcome Stranger foundation is a cultural ANBI. This makes donating to the foundation fiscally attractive. Foundation Welcome Stranger RSIN 802067700

The activities of Welcome Stranger are generously supported by: