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Yoeri Meessen
Associate Director Education & Public Affairs

Yoeri Meessen (NL) is Witte de With’s Associate Director Education & Public Affairs. He started at Witte de With as Curator Education & Theory in 2013. Originally trained as teacher of Fine Arts and Art History, he holds a Masters degree in Arts, Culture and Media from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen specializing in arts and social theory.

Initiatives include Studium Witte de With, a higher education platform for art and theory and Across the Board, a long-term platform for professional development through cross-disciplinary exchange. In 2013 Meessen initiated 100% Hedendaags a collaborative education framework for contemporary art education in secondary education.

Previously Yoeri Meessen has worked at Manifesta, the itinerant European Biennial of Contemporary Art where he was responsible for the conceptualization of the Biennial’s Art Mediation department and acted as Head of Education of Manifesta 7 (Italy-2008), Manifesta 8 (Spain-2010) and Manifesta 9 (Belgium-2012). Yoeri Meessen had developed collaborative projects with various art institutions and schools including the Dutch Art Institute, the European Artistic Research Network and the University of Murcia.

He has lectured and given workshops at institutes including The Rijksakademie (Amsterdam), Willem de Kooning Academy (Rotterdam), Castello di Rivoli (Rivoli), Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam), Fondazione Galleria Civica (Trento), Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary – Augarten (Vienna), De Appel (Amsterdam), University of Cartagena (Cartagena), Museion (Bolzano), Schunck (Heerlen) and in 2015 he was critical referent to the Annual Rotterdam Lecture of the Erasmus University.

Yoeri is member of the artistic team of Public Works (Utrecht) and chairman of The New School Collective. He is board member of the professional advisory boards of the Piet Zwart Institute Education in Art (Rotterdam) and the Erasmus University School of History Communication and Culture (Rotterdam). He is member of the culture council of the city of Utrecht.