Welcome to twelve twelve. First, an overview of myself and motivations; I am Silvia Bakker (1986) born in the beautiful village of Groot-Ammers, Holland. My childhood was traditional but amazing; ice skating, bathing in the river from May to late September, church every Sunday followed by tea with our grandmother. The traditions, customs, and values of the Alblasserwaard are inseparable to me.

 

After graduating with a Masters degree in Fine Arts from Sint Lukas in Brussels, I worked as an artist. I look back on this exceptional period; participating in beautiful exhibitions in Rotterdam, The Hague, London, Brussels, Stockholm, and Venice and selling several works to collections in China, The US, London, and Belgium. Surrounded by so much talent, I made the decision to give my colleagues a platform. The artists that I work with in the gallery create in a way that I recognize  myself, I use their work to speak.

 

I love to connect people with these fantastic artists using my enthusiasm and appreciation for their work. The gallery has twelve shows a year. The main focus of the gallery is to show engaged art that explores issues from everyday life, from Holland to Zimbabwe to Syria. Through the works we want you to appreciate, celebrate, motivate and become aware of social issues. At the same time, we want to contribute to solutions. Our goal is not only to symbolically create a dialogue but to contribute in material terms. Through every sold artwork, we invest 10% in education. 

 

I would love to show you the works and meet you in the gallery - to hear what you think, what you love, what you collect.

 

My best, 

 

Silvia Bakker