Onomatopee Projects is a curating and editorially led public gallery and publisher that is particularly known for its self-initiated and transdisciplinary projects. Furthermore, Onomatopee also hosts the projects of progressive individuals as well as artist-run and institutional organizations.
Inspired by a DIY attitude and a hunger for critical elevation, Onomatopee Projects discusses and mediates a habitual visual sanctuary of pop culture, power, and other environments of visual consciousnesses alike. Over the course of its existence, the exhibition space has attracted an annual average of between 5.000 and 25.000 visitors. Throughout the year they attend many international art book fairs and regularly organize shows abroad. Taking the hub of Eindhoven as a starting point to mount globally relevant programs of various sizes and interests, Onomatopee produces visual criticality and advocates progressive culture: all to inspire in-depth experiences and to provide critical nourishment for all of us.
Each project – consisting of a boundary-pushing exhibition and an elevating publication– uses exceptional cultural attention as a source of wonder and knowledge that identifies a current experience of visual culture. Onomatopee’s award-winning publications and experimental exhibitions are known for their technically smart, well-balanced designed layout and progressive editing. Assembling surprising teams of artists, designers, academic thinkers, creative writers, architects, exhibition designers, graphic designers, and more; the exhibitions’ curatorial formats challenge contemporary topics in unconventional ways.
MISSION & VISION
In pursuit of a new path, we’ve evolved into a values-driven organization at Onomatopee. Our team seamlessly melded past strengths with intrinsic values, resulting in an organic expansion of values and thematic lines. Publication sales figures guided our thematic choices, reflecting the audience’s interests. Our purpose is guided by the values “Listen, truly listen,” “Be courageous,” and “Playful,” influencing every decision.
Listen, truly listen
Onomatopee embodies receptivity and empathy, focusing on current societal issues. We actively listen, inviting our audience openly, cultivating empathy for partners, creators, and the environment. Our genuine care spans from individual stories to macro-level topics, advocating for equality and collaboration. We respond to questions and needs, providing opportunities for creators, writers, and thinkers in an active and inviting space.
At Onomatopee, our distinctive voice and recognizable program showcase our social engagement. We take an uncompromising stance, serving as a bridge for intellectual growth. Choosing the path leading us to our destination, our three pillars — Public, Publish, and Print — represent a visual display, intellectual reflection, and a maker’s perspective on our focused subjects.
Onomatopee exudes playfulness while stimulating thought, seamlessly blending the academic with the poetic. Our flexibility responds to current events, nurtures innovation, and delivers the unexpected and aesthetic. Embracing progress and collaboration, we remain open and socially inviting. Genuine interest in individual stories and broader societal issues prevails, prioritizing equality and collaboration. Opportunities for external talent are created through exhibitions, publications, and RISO workshops.
- T.M. Cabrera
- Riso Workshop Coordinator
- Natasha Rijkhoff
- Publisher, Print and Program
- Cecilia Casabona
- Curator Design Cultures
- Robin Roelofs / Mara Dankers
- Warehouse and Shop
- Jesse Muller
- Publisher and Editor
- Chloë van der Smitte
- Luuk Nouwen
- Managing Director
- Susan van Stekelenburg
- Lene ter HaarChairperson
- Bram van der HeydenBoard member
- Ellen ZoeteBoard member
Jobs & Interns
Onomatopee is looking for volunteers and interns
Especially those working in communication and/or Graphic Design. The working language at Onomatopee is both English and Dutch. We would love to hear from you and getting to know you! Please send us a motivational letter and your portfolio/CV at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Onomatopee is looking for hosts
Onomatopee is looking for volunteers to host the bookshop and exhibitions space.
Wholesale rates outside of distributed areas are: invoice is at 40% discount; consignment is at 30% discount (ex. postage). Direct invoiced wholesale: 40% discount (ex. postage)
NL and BE
Idea Books (DE, FR, SP, IT, CH, WORLD)
Find trade representatives here
Nieuwe Hemweg 6R
1013 BG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Onomatopee (OMP) places significant emphasis on cultural codes, not as an obligation, but as a crucial element for fostering openness and transparency in the cultural realm. These codes serve as the bedrock for our activities and operational approach. Their execution is a collective responsibility shared across the entire team. For each code, a designated team member assumes the lead role in overseeing and aligning actions with the code. These team members are authorized to dedicate 150 hours annually to code implementation and allocate €1,250 for training, deepening, or research. They articulate short and long-term objectives and maintain a detailed logbook of undertaken initiatives. This strategic approach aims to propel our growth in adherence to the codes over the coming years. More about our operational approach can be read in this document (Dutch only).