A Tale Of A Tub

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A Tale of a Tub is a non-profit institution for contemporary art and culture. The program is centred around questions of how art can contribute to our understanding of present-day social, political, and ecological issues. Our exhibition program is framed through intersectional ecological thinking, in which subjects related to nature, climate, ecology and the shared living environment, gender, feminism and decolonization, as well as the increasing influence of digital infrastructures and advanced-capitalist and neoliberal systems and governments intertwine with one another. We want to make these naturecultures and complexities tangible and accessible for our publics, and thereby endorse the essential importance of educational and discursive actions and events as an integral dimension of our programming. From the former bathhouse at the heart of the monumental Justus van Effen complex, A Tale of a Tub offers its space, infrastructure and resources to artists, curators and practitioners from different fields of inquiry to develop newly commissioned artistic productions, reflecting on complex societal issues and debates as to further strengthen and enrich our daily living and working practices, often based on long term-research and interdisciplinary dialogue.

A Tale of a Tub was founded in 2014 by Nathanja van Dijk and Suzanne Wallinga and was directed in partnership with Fleur van Muiswinkel and Carolyn Drake Kandiyoti. From September 2019 onwards, A Tale of a Tub is directed by Julia Geerlings and Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk.


A Tale of a Tub Team
Yana van Eekert (Gallery Manager & Production Coordinator)
Julia Geerlings (Curator & Director)
Malcolm Kratz (Education Curator)
Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (Curator & Director)

Fay van Blitterswijk (Curatorial Intern, June–September)
Sophie Field (Curatorial Intern, September–December)

External Staff
Jan Bokma (Technician)
Clement Georgescu (Audiovisual Support)
Sabo Day (Graphic Design)

Eady van Acker, Laura Aranda Morales, Birgit van Beek, Ryan Cherewaty, Paula Cidraque, Denise Hirtenfelder, Honey Kraiwee, Cassandra Langenskiöld, Mohadeseh Rahimitabar, Elda Miniero, Hailey Phan, Hana Taher, Joost Vermeer, Iris van Wijk and Julia Wilhelm.

Supervisory Board
Norbert de Munnik (Chair)
Lisette van der Valk (Treasurer)
Vinod Singh (Member)

Directors Julia Geerlings and Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk. Photo: Kelly-ann van Steveninck

A Tale of a Tub is supported by the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Mondriaan Fund.

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General Information

A Tale of a Tub
Justus van Effenstraat 44
3027 TK Rotterdam
The Netherlands
KvK: 61181595
VAT: 854243173B01

info [at] a-tub [dot] org

Opening Hours
Thursday, 13:00 – 18:00
Friday, 13:00 – 18:00
Saturday, 13:00 – 18:00
Sunday, 13:00 – 18:00

Entrance Fees
€4 Standard admission
€2 < 26, 65+
€0 < 13, postal code 3027, press, ICOM, Rotterdampas, CJP
Schools: price and duration in consultation
€60 Groups: per guide (max. 20 pers.)

Former bathhouse in the Justus van Effen Complex, now A Tale of a Tub.