Art centre DeFKa was founded in 1994 and is located in Assen, the
It is a so-called artists’ initiative in which a number of
artists, writers and philosophers work together in different arrangements.
DeFKa has set herself the task to bring
dynamics in the diversity by:
and presentation of professional contemporary art with an experimental
and innovative character.
links between the various artistic and reflexive disciplines (philosophic,
essayistic and poetical) and therewith contribute to intrinsic renewal
of art and culture.
of research into – and discussion on – relations between
art and social and/or scientific practice. Sometimes by confrontation
of various works of art or various artists, than again by recitals,
lectures or debates to further explore views on contemporary art,
or to involve cultural, scientific or social aspects.
a lively platform to new talents and already established names,
by which the local, national and international developments are
made accessible for a broader audience.
Artists, organizations, etc., who believe
to be able to add, within our aims, a valuable contribution
to our program are requested to contact
We are also looking for flexible co-workers with strong affinity
for contemporary art, who are willing to help us on a voluntary
basis and for a longer period to keep the organization properly
Gert Wijlage, Adrie Krijgsman
Gert Wijlage, Willy Brugman, Guus Slauerhoff, Petri Leijdekkers
Meindert Doornbos, Elga Muller, Bert Naarding
Since 1994 DeFKa has received support from:
Gemeente Assen, Provincie Drenthe, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds,
Mondriaan Foundation, The Netherlands Architecture Fund, SNS REAAL
fonds, Beringer Hazewinkel Fonds and private supporters.
In 2005 the Hanzehogeschool Groningen/Academie
Mohr Instituut en DeFKa have signed an official partnership.
On various exhibitions and projects DeFKa works together with local,
regional and national institutions, with artists’ initiatives
and individual artists. A small selection from the past years:
Theatre De Kolk (Assen), Filmliga (Assen), Filmstad (Den Haag),
TBA/Montevideo (Amsterdam), PlaneT Art (Hengelo), VAV Rietveld (Amsterdam),
Drents Museum (Assen), CBK Drenthe, Public Library Assen, Ned. Genootschap
voor Esthetica (Amsterdam), GaDeWe (Bremen), Het Noodzakelijk Zwijgen
(Flanders - Belgium)