After the academy many graduates fall into the infamous “black hole”. An interesting time in which the bubble of the academy breaks and you are forced to experiment. Although a natural selection takes place during the “black hole”, a group also leaves each year, armed with a strongly developed personal signature within their work. Soon, however, this group is approaching the next threshold. A limited CV and network ensures that, irrespective of quality and talent, most artists fail to share their work with a broader audience. The doors to the mediators, who can make a difference in this, seem to be lost or locked tight.
Success with your artistic practice can not be enforced. But although the intrinsic motivation for working is big, you obviously want these to be experienced by people. It is therefore important that your artistic practice is strong and that you can continue to take steps.
Meraki Agency is an initiative founded to guide artists and designers as they develop their artistic practice. Through in-dept conversations, the work and all that is related to it, will be reflected on. Creating a strong individual vision to further their career. We offer an annual program and individual courses.
"It is incredible to be able to talk to artist every day. To hear their thoughts, struggles and working together to find their own individual path to the next step within their career."
-Rianne Zijderveld, founder
The story of Meraki Agency.
Meraki Agency was founded by Rianne Zijderveld in 2015. Graduated as an artist herself, she saw many fellow artists dissolve under the pressure of "making it" within the art world. "Watching all these beautiful and necessary stories made into artworks, locked up in the studios for no one to behold, it did not make sense to me." A research started: why does this happen? which doors stay closed? And most importantly, how do we open them? Meraki Agency is an answer to this ongoing line of questions. "It is incredible being able to talk to artist every day. To hear their thoughts, struggles and working together to find their own individual path to the next step within their career."