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Vleeshal is a center for contemporary art in Middelburg, recognized for versatile, vibrant and vital projects presented both within the walls of its unique Gothic exhibition space and beyond. Browse the archive


Vleeshal invites (inter)national artists to develop new works especially for its atypical exhibition space. Every three months, Vleeshal hosts a new solo or group exhibition, which can consist of works ranging from film, video, performance, audio, painting and installation. View our current exhibition.

Nomadic Program

In 2015, Vleeshal kicked off its Nomadic Program as an extension of its existing exhibition program taking place in Middelburg. Within this series, Vleeshal expands its mission to provide space for experimentation and examines what it means to present artworks in unusual contexts.

The curators of the Nomadic Program for 2022–2023 were Nomaduma Rosa Masilela and Thiago de Paula Souza. The program revolved around the question: How do we learn to love each other while we are embattled on so many fronts? Browse How do we learn...?

Vleeshal Publications

Since 1975, Vleeshal has made over 300 publications including monographs, critical analyses and catalogues on artists who have exhibited at Vleeshal. One copy of each book is included as part of the Vleeshal Library, which is on long-term loan to the Zeeuwse Bibliotheek. Browse Publications


Vleeshal’s aim is to create an open space for anyone interested in contemporary art. Inclusivity and accessibility are paramount. By providing free entrance on designated days and organizing educational events in the form of lectures and workshops, Vleeshal invites everyone to participate in the conversation about contemporary art. Browse Education

Zeeland Focus

As the only contemporary art institution in Zeeland, Vleeshal places great importance in maintaining its local network, working with artists from the region, participating in local events as well as maintaining the municipality’s art collection. Vleeshal is also responsible for the direction of council policy regarding subsidies for local artists and additionally organizes the Vleeshal Art Prize. Browse Zeeland Focus


Vleeshal manages an impressive collection of contemporary art, consisting of acquired works that sit alongside works donated by local and (inter)national artists. It also manages some forty works of art in Middelburg's public spaces. Several projects realized by Vleeshal over the years have also directly related to artworks in its collection. Browse Collection


Why does a medium-sized city like Middelburg need art that at first glance looks new and strange? Art that for many residents is not immediately recognisable, beautiful or enticing? The kind of art that has been shown and made at Vleeshal for decades? Essentially, the answer is a lot simpler than the question suggests. Contemporary art of the kind that Vleeshal shows prepares us for the new, for what is unfamiliar, for what we do not yet know. It is as unknown as the future that lies ahead.

– Ann Demeester, former member of Vleeshal Supervisory Board

Vleeshal presents experimental contemporary art to the widest possible audience and does so at the cutting edge. High-level art, as current as possible and of international importance, is shown in a challenging context. Due to its unique home base in Middelburg—located in the suburbs on the one hand, and with its distinctive architectural setting on the other—Vleeshal is able to challenge artists to broaden their practice and provoke surprise and reflection in visitors.

Vleeshal contributes to the development of international art by inviting promising artists, often at the beginning of their artistic careers, to create new work for its exceptional exhibition space in dialogue with the institution. Imposing proportions, pointed Gothic arches and a tiled floor in a chessboard pattern make this former market hall a welcome but demanding alternative to the usual 'white cube'. Here, Vleeshal offers artists a much-needed space for radical artistic experimentation, both literally and figuratively. Its rich history shows that working with Vleeshal has often triggered a vital turning point for artists in deepening their practice.


Residing in what was once Middelburg’s meat market, then the former town hall, Vleeshal (English: meat hall) is characterized by its distinct Gothic architecture. The unique venue has inspired many artists to create extraordinary exhibitions, bringing Vleeshal international renown.

From 2000 to 2017, Vleeshal organized exhibitions in a second venue on Zusterstraat, formerly known as De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal (English: The Cabinets of the Vleeshal). The Zusterstraat building offered Vleeshal clean white walls in more intimate spaces. As a result of municipal cutbacks, Vleeshal Zusterstraat closed on October 1, 2017.


Vleeshal began as a venue of the Gemeentelijke Culturele Dienst Middelburg (CDM), a body for local culture established in 1975 with the purpose of creating an art collection. In 1992, the organization restructured and was renamed to Stichting Beeldende Kunst Middelburg (SBKM), the statutory name still in common use.

Middelburg Municipal Cultural Service (CDM)

1975–1982 Johan Vuyk, head of CDM
1976–1978 Piet van Dalen, curator of De Vleeshal
1979–1982 William Verstraeten, curator of De Vleeshal
1982–1991 Anton van Gemert, head of CDM

Middelburg Fine Arts Foundation (SBKM)

1991–1992 Barbara Claassen-Schmal
1992–1993 Wim Don
1993–1999 Lex ter Braak
2000–2008 Rutger Wolfson
2008–2014 Lorenzo Benedetti
2014–current Roos Gortzak

When Roos Gortzak became director, she was curious about how her predecessors dealt with certain issues. What was their first exhibition in the Gothic hall? How did they establish a relationship with this atypical exhibition space? How did they involve Middelburg? Gortzak decided to ask these and other questions to the three directors who preceded her: Lex ter Braak, Rutger Wolfson and Lorenzo Benedetti.


Director & curator
Roos Gortzak

Marketing, communication & development
Nienke van der Wal

Assistant curator
Adriënne van der Werf

Curatorial assistant
Roeliena Aukema

Managing editor Vleeshal publications
Julia Steenhuisen

Head of technical production & building management
Eleanor Wright

Office manager
Diana de Wit-Paauwe

Financial administration & HR
Han-Na Verhulst

Education in collaboration with Kunsteducatie Walcheren & Centrum Kunst- en Cultuureducatie Oosterschelderegio
Adriënne van der Werf

Hugo Bos, Jasmijn Roijen, Joanne Scott-Smith, Karin den Boer, Kars Hamelink, Lotte Dooms, Nienke van Houwelingen, Ploen Mevis, Robyn Tieman, Ruth Hengeveld, Xander Scheers

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Website editors
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Roos Gortzak
Bibi van Scholten
Cathelijne Tiel
Luuk Vulkers


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+31 (0)118 652 200


Vleeshal is a non-profit organization registered as Stichting Beeldende Kunst Middelburg with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (RSIN: 8032.05.089).

Office and postal address

Simpelhuisstraat 7
4331 PH Middelburg
The Netherlands

Statutory objectives

SBKM aims to:

  • Organize activities in the field of contemporary art;
  • Manage the municipal collection of contemporary art

Remuneration policy

The director receives a salary. Members of the Supervisory Board receive travel costs to and from the meeting.

Supervisory Board

Monique van Beek, Iris Cornelis, Marleen Bongers Dek, Annelies Meijers, Jerry Troy & Eva Wittocx

Resignation Schedule Supervisory Board

Current resignation schedule

Additional Functions of the Supervisory Board

Jerry Troy

Owner Ilion Holding BV (property owner Villa Magnolia)

Owner Villa Magnolia BV (operating hotel Villa Magnolia)

Director Campsy Glenn BV (retirement company for the Troy family)

Member of the Economic Board Zeeland

Advisor Tourism Enterprising Zealand

Advisor Tourism Impulse Veere, Municipality of Veere

Member of the administrative working group brand organization Zeeland 'Shaping the future Delta', Province of Zeeland

Iris Cornelis

Partner of Viervaart

Curator of contemporary art in Viervaart

Monique van Beek

Director of Podium Bloos – Stichting Huis der Kunsten

Chairman Blackbirds Foundation

Annelies Meijers

Owner AM Kwadraat

Systemic team coach various teams Province of Zeeland and Brabant / Hogeschool Zeeland/ GGZ

Zeeland/Orionis and other organizations, family businesses outside Zeeland and outside the cultural sector

Director Owners Association - Zuiderflat Den Bosch

Eva Wittocx

Director Walter Leblanc Foundation, Brussels

Expert assessor Agency Arts and Heritage, Flemish Community, Brussels

Member General Assembly Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp

Member Art Commission Flemish Parliament, Brussels

Member Purchase Committee MAC's - Musée d'Art Contemporain, Grand Hornu, Mons

Member of the Advisory Committee on Art Integration, FPS Foreign Affairs, Brussels

Member Senate KU Leuven, Leuven

Marleen Bongers Dek

Chairman of the board of De Reactor, Flemish-Dutch platform for literary criticism /Member of the jury De Bronzen Uil, literary prize awarded annually for the best Dutch-language debut

Member of the General Assembly De Monty

Remuneration Policy

The director receives a salary. Members of the Supervisory Board receive travel expenses for each meeting.

Annual reports

Annual reports (NL)
Jaarverslag 2019
Jaarverslag 2020
Jaarverslag 2021
Jaarverslag 2022

Jaarverslag & jaarrekening 2023

Financial reports (NL)
Jaarrekening 2019
Jaarrekening 2020
Jaarrekening 2021
Jaarrekening 2022


Standaardformulier publicatieplicht


Vleeshal receives financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the municipality of Middelburg.