About ADCN


ADCN is the club and platform for creativity in advertising and design in the Netherlands. ADCN is a non-profit, member-run organization, with over 600 members, led by an elected Board. Among ADCN’s members are copy masters, visionary strategists, animation magicians, advertising gurus, phenomenal illustrators, ingenious freelancers, gifted students and more. It’s the club’s members that define and shape ADCN. The club brings these members together to inspire and celebrate the finest in design and advertising.


ADCN’s mission is to unleash Dutch creativity by stimulating creative excellence, accelerating creative talent and leadership and kick-starting meaningful co-creation and innovation in communications in the Netherlands.


ADCN organizes its activities along four pillars:
Inspiration & Education & Innovation – Through our club/community ADCN provides talks, trainings, workshops, festivals, courses, challenges, exhibitions, shows, and publications.
Celebration – Each year ADCN organizes the ADCN Awards, also known as the Lamps. This is the annual Dutch celebration of the very best creativity and craft in advertising and design.


ADCN was founded as the Art Directors Club Netherlands in 1966 by Nico Hey, Pieter Brattinga and Bob McLaren, with the aim to stimulate creative excellence in communications. Over the years, ADCN has become a multidisciplinary collective of creative professionals across disciplines, including art directors, copywriters, graphic designers, digital designers, film directors, photographers as well as creative producers, planners and technologists.


ADCN has the mission to develop the best creative collective in the world. Our goal is to empower brands and indivuals with creativity. We believe the world becomes a better place with creative ideas and creative people as it improves business, culture and society. Throughout the year, you can participate in various programs such as awards shows, workshops, short courses, portfolio nights, festivals, art exhibitions, challenges, and dinners.

The Board

ADCN’s multidisciplinary board represents all creative disciplines and is responsible for the overall direction of ADCN and its programs.


The ADCN team is working night and day to build a club that makes you proud to be a member. ADCN’s team is fueled by an immense passion for creativity and a desire to build a community across the creative industries. The team works from ADCN at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. You are always welcome to drop by with ideas for the Dutch creative community.


Club ADCN is ADCN’s clubhouse: the living room and workspace for the Dutch creative community. It is equipped with (mobile) meeting and workshop facilities, has a small bar, lounge and library, and acts as a theatre and gallery for ADCN’s member events, festivals and art exhibitions. The space is for rent and can be used by ADCN members and partners throughout the year.

Club ADCN is based at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, a cultural park with historic factory buildings, and home to a TV studio, gallery space, design school, art house cinema, theatre, jazz club, social club, and multiple start-ups, creative agencies, restaurants and bars. It also serves as the playground for cutting-edge music, art, fashion, film and food festivals.