About ADCN


ADCN was founded as the Art Directors Club Netherlands in 1966 with the aim to stimulate creative excellence in communications. Over the years, ADCN has become a multidisciplinary collective of creative, brands and media professionals across multiple disciplines. Today, ADCN is the club for creativity in advertising and design in the Netherlands. It is a non-profit, member-run organization, with over 750 members, led by an elected board. Among ADCN’s members are art directors, copywriters, graphic designers, digital designers, film directors, photographers as well as creative producers, planners and technologists. It’s the club’s members that define and shape ADCN.


ADCN believes that creativity is the most important source of growth for individuals, organizations and society. Therefore it is our mission to unleash the creative potential of creative, brand and media professionals by organizing events and programs all year round which are set up along four pillars.
Inspiration & Education & Innovation: 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.

The Board

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

Photo’s by Bas de Graaf.
(Photo of Emilio de Haan by Bill Tanaka)



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 based at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam and the living room and workspace of 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.