De kunstfabriek

De Kunstfabriek | Unit699 is a gallery and winebar

Cultural entrepreneurs André Marques and Tim Wes have opened a unique concept. De Kunstfabriek | Unit699 is a place where art is created, conceived and celebrated. While enjoying a glass of really good natural wine and good conversation. It can be found at the Groot Handelsgebouw.

Together, André and Tim aim to provide a haven for creativity in a world full of rigid structures: “We feel the urgency of the scarcity of places where rigid structures are broken. Where there is room for unbeaten paths. Unheard voices and impactful stories through art, entrepreneurship and different worlds of experience.”

They respond to this desire with the brand-new social and experimental hub, located in the heart of the City, which invites everyone to be vulnerable, share emotions, and escape the daily grind. Here, visitors can be inspired by the work of emerging contemporary artists or simply enjoy a carefully curated selection of natural wines and Portuguese refreshments. All within the tropical courtyard of the Groot Handelsgebouw.

That courtyard is set up so that visitors can travel through different spaces. At the front, room has been made for a gallery. Different concepts, ideologies and thoughts are exhibited here. It will be the place where creations from the community are given a stage. This gallery is adjacent to the centre of the space, where creations take place on the spot. Here, the community can spar with each other about existing or future projects.

Hidden bar

At the back is a hidden bar. Here, Japanese tea is served during the day and anyone can always settle down for eccentric natural wines. Wines with a story. Storytelling is therefore paramount for the founders. They work closely with sommeliers and wine producers in Portugal. “We translate and tell the stories of those winemakers and toast to life and craftsmanship at The Art Factory | Unit699,” they reveal. This is where creations are celebrated, exactly as intended.

The choice of location for De Kunstfabriek| Unit699 is no coincidence. Tucked away in a monumental building, the space exudes character and charm. André and Tim are not fans of conventional choices; they sought a location that matches their DNA and story. Surrounded by fellow entrepreneurs in the vibrant heart of the city, The Art Factory | Unit699 offers an experience where every detail has been thought through. “Every spot in the space contributes to the bigger picture. Get ready to discover all different worlds right from the moment you step inside.”

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