About us

Vincent van Gogh Etten-Leur Foundation

The aim of the Vincent van Gogh Etten-Leur Foundation is to put Etten-Leur on the map as a Van Gogh municipality and to acquaint a broad (inter)national audience with the fact that Etten marked a turning point in the life of Vincent van Gogh in 1881: this is where he began his artistic career, this is where he registered for the first time as a painter and this is where he had his very first studio. In the former Dutch Reformed Church - now Van Gogh Kerk - this story is colorfully revealed in a permanent presentation. Visitors are taken into the story of the Van Gogh family in Etten (1875-1882) and Vincent's turbulent stay in Etten (April-December 1881).

The Vincent van Gogh Etten-Leur Foundation wants (inter)national recognition and acknowledgement of the importance of Vincent van Gogh's Etten-Leur period. By literally treading in his footsteps, more and more visitors experience that they can come closer to Vincent, as a person and as a budding artist. In this way the foundation contributes within the cooperation Van Gogh Brabant to strengthening the leisure economy in Brabant and in the region of West Brabant and Etten-Leur in particular.

Strategy / ambition
These are our focal points:

  • Operating the Van Gogh Church at Council House Square and the Tourist Information Point in the former "sexton's house" at Market 4.
  • Realize expansion of Van Gogh Church in terms of an experience and a new exhibition space
  • Collaborate locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Preparing collaboration with Museum The Art of Living.
  • Provide support for events and activities that contribute to our mission and vision.
  • Appoint Collection Policy.
  • Provide education.
  • Fill social role towards groups in society.
  • Organization with volunteers and a director.

The Vincent van Gogh Etten-Leur Foundation is an organization in which about 30 volunteers are active. All people, who take great pleasure in their work, like to share their knowledge, want to be of significance and of course show the well-known Brabant hospitality. Their respect for Vincent van Gogh is of paramount importance.
Our foundation also manages - on behalf of the Municipality of Etten-Leur - the Tourist Information Point at Markt 4. This is also done with volunteers. Linked to the physical information point is the digital platform Etten-Leur City App (app, website and social media). Maintenance and management is done by a professional commissioned by the Municipality of Etten-Leur.

Lex Besselink (chairman)
Vacancy (secretary)
Jan van 't Leengoed (treasurer)
Rijn Broere (member)
Bert Schluter (member)
*Board members are volunteers and unpaid.

Ankie de Hoon

Visiting address: Markt 4, 4875 CE Etten-Leur
Postal address: P.O. Box 122, 4870 AC Etten-Leur
Billing address: P.O. Box 122, 4870 AC Etten-Leur
Telephone: +31 765019788
E-mail: info@vincentvangoghinetten.nl
Website: www.vangoghkerk.nl
Chamber of Commerce: 20108295
VAT nr: NL811613550B01
Rabobank no: NL33 RABO 0174 891 237
In the name of the Vincent van Gogh Etten-Leur Foundation

Annual Report Van Gogh Church Etten-Leur 2023

Annual Report Tourist Information Point Etten-Leur / Etten-Leur City App 2023

News from Etten-Leur

Van Gogh in Etten-Leur is in full development. For example, we are currently preparing for a close collaboration with Museum De Kunst van het Leven (Paulushofje, Markt) and we are hard at work on an agreement with the municipality of Etten-leur to purchase the Van Gogh Church.
There will be more about this on our News page soon.

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