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TAAK team

TAAK wants to encourage people to engage and actively participate. In line with this ambition TAAK is set up as a cooperative. Anyone who wants to be actively involved, can join for free. Members have voting rights at membership meetings. Interested? Send an email to:

Nils van Beek

Nils van Beek is partner and curator at TAAK.

He studied Art History and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam and for several years at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Van Beek worked as a curator for SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain, as coordinator of Sandberg2/Mariakapel in Hoorn and as a theory teacher at the AKV / Sint Joost and the HKU. He published articles in Art Forum International and Metropolis M and was involved in several artists’ initiatives including Agentur, Topos and Lokaal01.

Many of the projects he developed are focused on nature, landscape and rural areas. He gave lectures about his area of expertise in The Netherlands and abroad and was co-curator of the symposium Going Public – Telling it Like it Is Bilbao.

Nils is artistic director of the artist-in-residency KiK in Kolderveen, Drenthe (among others Edwin Stolk and Wouter Jansen), and lectures art theory also attached at Artez Hogeschool in Zwolle since 2016.

At TAAK, he works for an art project for the municipality of Smallingerland / Drachten, at Huize Frankendael (with Edward Clydesdale Thomson), at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (with Kathrin Schlegel), and is involved with the college programs for Cure Park.


Christiane Bosman

Christiane Bosman is an independent consultant in the field of communication and public participation.

Christiane studied Museology, for several years Art History at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and took additional courses in the fields of marketing, communications and fundraising. She worked for Phaidon Press as press officer Benelux and Scandinavia from 2003 to 2008, as an independent communications advisor for several other (international) publishers and cultural organisations, and as a project manager at Local World. She was communications coordinator at SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain from 2008 until 2011. From 2012 until 2014 she was coordinating communications at TAAK.

Her field of interest is with contemporary art in relation to the dynamics in communities and the construction of heritage. In 2016 she finalized the international Masters of Museology at the Reinwardt Academie. During her studies, she developed Het Jaar van de Dappermarkt together with Karel Appelhuis BG. At TAAK, she works on Stream, multi-year art program in the landscape of the Friese Wouden, and Cure Park, manifestation in the Amsterdamse Bos about the art of care.

Bernie Deekens

(Nederlands) Bernie Deekens is zeer gemotiveerd om zich middels de kunsten te mengen in diverse vraagstukken om nieuw denken toe te laten en visies te delen om tot samenwerking te komen in deze ontwrichtende tijd. In het licht van de actuele conflicten die het Europa van vandaag kenmerken, streeft Bernie ernaar de rol van de kunst in het publieke debat zichtbaarder te maken.

Bernie studeerde Kunstgeschiedenis aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, waarna ze van 1995 tot 2001 bij W139 heeft gewerkt als algemeen stafmedewerker om de vele (internationale) tentoonstellingen te produceren. Ook was zij daar curator van Hellenistic (fotografie). Daarna was ze tot 2005 coördinator van de Prix de Rome bij de Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. Daar was zij verantwoordelijk voor het begeleiden van werkperiodes met de genomineerde kunstenaars, het juryproces, het onderhouden van vele contacten met nationale en internationale partners en zat zij in de redactie van de jaarlijkse publicatie.

Sinds 2005 werkt zij als zelfstandige als curator, producer, projectcoördinator voor en met diverse opdrachtgevers in binnen-en buitenland. Opdrachtgevers waren o.a Mondriaanstichting, Fonds BKVB, Rijksakademie, SKOR, Witte de With, De Appel arts centre, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Hasselt/Genk, Groninger Museum, Grensevent en vele kunstenaars.


Petra Heck

Petra Heck (NL) focuses on contemporary (media) art, performances, and (online) public space. She is specialised in video, internet and other ephemeral art forms. Her practice questions the consequences of technological and other societal developments for contemporary art, the artwork itself, and the artistic process. Between 2006 and 2012, she worked as a curator and head of exhibitions at the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk/Montevideo). Next to curating Petra Heck writes, and is a committee member at the Creative Industry Fund at the moment.

For TodaysArt (in collaboration with TAAK) she commissioned new works by artists like Germaine Kruip, Lotte Geeven, Natalie Jeremijenko, Helmut Smits, HeHe and others. She presented work there by artists like Oliver Laric, Constant Dullaart, Katja Novitskova, Zoro Feigl, Metahaven and Jon Rafman.

She collaborates often with Maaike Gouwenberg like on the performance project “The artist speaks” in 2014 at Oude Kerk with newly commissioned performances by Melanie Bonajo, Hedwig Houben, Frank Koolen and Paulien Oltheten.

Her exhibitions at NIMk included solo exhibitions by Cory Arcangel and Omer Fast, numerous group exhibitions, and performance evenings with Dutch and international artists, including Mark Leckey, Yael Bartana, JODI, Mounira Al Solh, The Yes Men and Ola Vasiljeva.

Petra Heck has an academic background in Art History / Museum Studies, graduating in 2000 from the University of Amsterdam. In 2015, she became a committee member at the Creative Industry Fund, and was a committee member of the Mondriaan Fund from 2012 to 2014.

Martine van Kampen

(Nederlands) Martine van Kampen is curator bij TAAK. Bij TAAK werkt zij aan het project The Ultraperipheric. Here and Elsewhere, waarin The Falklands Project van Jasmijn Visser is opgenomen.

Daarnaast is Martine curator van Land Art Live, het kunstprogramma rondom de zes grote landschapskunstwerken in Flevoland, met performances van Zhana Ivonova, Rory Pilgrim, Feiko Beckers, Melanie Bonajo, Maria Pask en Anne de Vries. Dankzij deze combinatie ontwikkelt zich binnen haar werk nu een specialisatie in Land Art, waarbij de relatie tussen de oorspronkelijke vormen daarvan en hedendaagse vraagstukken centraal staat.

Martine heeft voorheen gewerkt als curator bij Museum De Paviljoens en bij SKOR | Stichting Kunst en Openbare Ruimte. Daarnaast heeft zij met Jaap Vinken een eigen bedrijf (Vinken en Van Kampen) dat zich met name richt op onderzoek binnen de beeldende kunst. In 2011 verbleef Martine in Berlijn bij AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz van kunstenaars Susanne Kriemann en Aleksander Komarov. Haar project Hard Rock & Soft Power richtte zich op de huidige veranderingen in de publieke kunst en de vraag hoe om te gaan met de kunstwerken uit het recente verleden.


Simone Kleinhout

Simone Kleinhout is project manager at TAAK, and prospective board member. She was coordinator of the Cure Master for the Sandberg Institute and worked as project manager on projects such as Op Handen Gedragen: Love in Geometrical Order of Job Koelewijn, Portscapes 2 and Summer School Marfa. She also played an active role in the development and writing of the handbook In Opdracht, handboek kunstprojecten in de openbare ruimte for the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

Simone is art historian and graduated in 2010 at the MA Arts Culture and Media at the University of Groningen. During her studies and working experience she became more and more interested in art in the public domain and in the role art can play in society. She worked in France at the biennial Estuaire Nantes <> Saint-Nazaire and in the Netherlands at SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain. In 2012 she started as a freelancer in research, development and organization of art projects.


Theo Tegelaers

Theo Tegelaers is partner and curator at TAAK. He started his own artistic practice in 1987 and experimented with making exhibitions with other artists. After setting up project space BEAM in Nijmegen in 1992, he focused entirely on curating exhibitions. He was the first appointed director of W139, an exhibition space for contemporary art in Amsterdam from 1994 until 1998. After that, he worked as an independent curator in The Netherlands and abroad and spent half a year in New York as a curator at the ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Program). For four years he worked for the Atelier Rijksbouwmeester as a curator and coordinator of art projects. He was senior curator at SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain from 2006 until 2012. It was in 2012 that he took initiative to found TAAK.

Theo worked on projects and exhibitions with: Simon Starling, Richard Wright, Fiona Tan, Bik van der Pol, Lara Almarcegui, Monika Sosnowska, Katharina Grosse, Fritz Haeg, HeHe, Job Koelewijn, Michael Beutler, Martijn Engelbregt, Germaine Kruip, Liam Gillick, Amalia Pica, Nicoline van Harskamp and many others.


Sophia Zürcher

Sophia Zürcher is head of communications at TAAK. She is responsible for the texts on this website, social media, press releases, and has edited several publications.

She graduated with a BA in Art History in 2010 and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art in 2012, both at Utrecht University. She works as a contributing editor at the Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool. In 2016 she was nominated for the Prize for Young Art Criticism. She’s a committee member of the section Independent Art historians of the Dutch Association of Art Historians.

Charlotte Bijl

(Nederlands) Charlotte Bijl is juniorproducent bij TAAK.  Zij studeerde Cultureel Erfgoed aan de Reinwardt Academie in Amsterdam, volgde daar de minor Cultureel Ondernemen en is in het bezit van het NIMA A Marketing Diploma. Tijdens haar studie interesseerde zij zich steeds meer voor de relatie tussen kunst en cultuur en de samenleving. Haar belangstelling gaat daarom uit naar kleinschalige projecten met een sociaal karakter, zoals bijvoorbeeld het communityproject De Huiskamer Verhuist in Woensel-West, waarvoor zij de laatste fase van het project coördineerde, aanvullende financiering vond en onderzoek deed naar de sociaal-culturele historie van de wijk.

(Nederlands) Yvonne Dubbers

(Nederlands) Yvonne Dubbers is projectmanager bij TAAK. Zij haalde haar BA Theatervormgeving aan de Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht in 2009. Vervolgens werkte ze als theatervormgever bij verschillende theatergezelschappen en was ze medeoprichter van Theatergroep Krabben. In 2016 haalde ze haar MA moderne en hedendaagse kunst aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Ze studeerde af op het onderwerp kunst en klimaatactivisme.

Voor TAAK deed ze voor het project PI Zaanstad onderzoek naar de veranderende visie over misdaad en straf vanaf de jaren zeventig tot heden, waarna ze een expertmeeting rondom dit onderwerp organiseerde.