Exeter Living Magazine Issue 282

Meraki has hit the headlines!

It was great talking to Exeter Living Magazine about Meraki Art School and all of the exciting things that we have in the pipeline. We’re thrilled to be featured amongst such an amazing line-up of artists, workshops and creative initiatives coming to the city this summer! You can read our full interview below:

Firstly, can you explain the name…. 

Meraki is a Greek word that means to do something with soul, creativity, or love – it refers to instances when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, and that’s just what we wanted our art school to be about.

Tell us a little about your journey towards starting the art school…

This is a story of two friends with a shared passion for art, education and community who enjoy pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. We knew if we wanted to see an Art School in Exeter then we would have to practice what we preach, be brave and create one ourselves! 

Chloe has worked in teaching and leadership for 16 years, she is also an artist teacher as well as a Specialist Leader of Education and International Coordinator. She is currently studying towards a Master Degree in Arts Education at Oxford Brookes University. Carrie has a background in PR and Marketing, she is also a photographer and digital designer with over a decade of experience in education, youth work and community support initiatives. 

What can young people expect when they attend 

Our classes will be a wonderful opportunity to explore different mediums and techniques, and to make friends with likeminded creatives! Through Meraki Art School young people are able to get involved in global art projects, use art to contribute positively to their communities and most importantly focus on developing their individual expression.

Tell us about some of your projects 

A driving factor behind many of our classes is to provide a means for young people to actively engage with their communities. Through aligning creative skill with regional incentives our workshops will teach young people that there are many ways to have an impact and generate positive change. 

Our pupils will also be invited to participate in global art projects, where we connect with other schools from all over the world from Spain to India and even Africa. These workshops will be a wonderful opportunity for children to meet other young creatives, learn about our interconnected world and to produce and share artwork inspired by different creative customs.   

Tell us about the next few months…

We’ve got such an action packed summer! We’re excited to be involved with Guildfest in Exeter and The Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey, our workshops will be a great opportunity for children and parents to get creative and have some fun in the sun! We will also be holding a series of free taster sessions throughout August, before launching our first set of routine classes in September. 

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