The artists' space Het Wilde Weten was founded in 1992 in a building that originally housed a Fransiscan nunnery, the Sint Mariaklooster. The last of the nuns left the building in 1988. It then stood empty for two years, after which a group of artists converted it into studios. Later, it was made into an official studio building, and the foundation was founded. Between 2002 and 2004, the building was renovated extensively, after it had deteriorated and was declared unsafe by the municipality. The artists were relocated for that period, untill the newly renovated Het Wilde Weten was inaugurated again in August 2004. Since then, in bright new studios, with a changed group of 19 artists, a fresh start was made. Since august 2004, Het Wilde Weten has been an important and active player in the field of the visual arts, locally and (inter)nationally with its public programme and residency opportunity.