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a project by Marieke Warmelink

Exhibition 17/10 - 28/12 Koggenland 


About the project


RONDUIT UITGESPROKEN is a project by artist Marieke Warmelink to make women more visible through art. After all, visibility ensures recognition and acknowledgment of the existence of women and the role they play in our society.

A role that is still unequal in the Netherlands.

The project has lead to 22 painted portraits of women, 22 stories, two exhibitions, a presentation on International Women's Day, publications, lectures and a Mastermind.


22 Portraits of women

For this project Marieke choose 22 women from more then 70 nominations from the province of Noord-Holland (above the North Sea Canal). The women through the position they occupy (or occupied), contribute to positive change in society.

Think of a woman with an unusual or (for that time) progressive profession, a remarkable life course, unique way of life, dedicated effort or because she 'sticks/sticks their head above the ground'. But a woman who is indispensable in society with a "normal" life is also worth a nomination.

On this page you can see all the portraits and stories of the selected 22 women.

Marieke paints each of the 22 women's portrait and conducts an interview in order to arrive at the special 'hidden women's story'.


From August 29- October 6, 2022, the paintings and the personal stories were exhibited in Cultural Centre Geesterhage in Castricum.  

From October 17, 2022- December 28, 2022, the paintings are exhibited at the City Council Hall of Koggenland and was opened by the Mayor of Koggenland, Monique Bonsen.

The intention of the project is to have a traveling exhibition through the different city councils of the North of Holland.


About the Artist

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My name is Marieke Warmelink, graduated with a BA graphic design from the University of the West of England (cum laude) and a BA autonomous art from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.


With my work I respond to current socio-political issues; a combination of various disciplines including painting, performance, film and installation.


My work aims to combine various elements, work that is anchored in society in a form in which each part maintains its autonomy and strengthens other elements.


I have been given many opportunities to do so with national and international projects. Since 2015, I have bundled my art practice by initiating a platform called Women with a Voice.


The platform is committed, through art, to the interests of women and gender equality. From this platform I organize projects, lectures, workshops, presentations, film screenings, (educational) workshops and coaching.


Gender equality in the Netherlands is an illusion. The Netherlands is in 28st position on the global gender equality index and is therefore by no means a frontrunner.


Here too, women are still unequal to men in many areas. The pay for work is not equal and women participate less in the labor market, because the division of care tasks is also not yet in balance. Traditional and stereotypical ideas about social division of roles still set the standard.


The fact that women are only 24% portrayed by the media worldwide compared to men, contributes negatively to this. And when women are shown, the emphasis is often on old gender roles.

“With my project I want to represent and encourage women to close the gap and reverse stigmas. By emphasizing positive imagery in which women are portrayed in strength and vulnerability. In this way I also want to inspire other women to make themselves more visible and to support them, because the more women (dare to) take the lead, the more they participate in making important decisions. I am convinced that this will change the world in a positive way and that men will also benefit greatly from it. At the same time, I hope to create greater awareness of our own (pre)judgments towards women that we still seem to have as a person and as a society.” - Marieke Warmelink

Painted Portrait

Marieke paints a portrait of each of the 22 women. Painting is like an act; a way of (still) showing respect for the person and thereby acknowledging them in full.


Painting is an important process, in which every woman comes into her own and a way is sought to show both strength and vulnerability.

For all painting process video's please visit the Youtube page of Marieke Warmelink

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The posters were shown in Castricum at institutions, shops, houses and other public places, visible to the public.


In this way, residents and entrepreneurs themselves are part of a larger whole and contribute in an accessible way to the visibility and position of women in and from their region.

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On March 8, 2022, International Women's Day, the 22 selected women were presented via social media.

Once a week, Marieke made one painting and shared the story on social media.

In this way the stories were shared, women themselves are put in the spotlight and the importance of International Women's Day was emphasized.


The stories serve as an example or inspiration for listeners and specifically for women to put themselves more in the foreground and to share their knowledge.

All the stories and paintings are now visible on this website.

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Presentations & mastermind

On september 10, 2022, Marieke opened the exhibition with a short lecture on the theme of 'art and women's emancipation', in line with the exhibition.


Marieke gave a Mastermind; a painting course that gives the opportunity to teach women how to paint a self-portrait in order to develop artistically and to develop a positive self-image.

If you are interested to book Marieke as a speaker or see how you can address genderequality through art in your organisation please contact her privately or download the pdf below.

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Ronduit Uitgesproken in the media

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Women INC ; "The media have an important role in increasing and decreasing opportunities. It is time for inclusive media, in which everyone is heard and seen and in which stereotypical imagery does not limit the opportunities of certain groups. Women are still underrepresented in Dutch news media. ”

Women INC (founded in 2005) is an interest group that accelerates emancipation in the Netherlands

Hereby an overview of Dutch News Articles about the project


A publication is published with the 22 portraits and women's stories. It also has a QR code on every page which connects you to a video of the painting process.

The publication is for sale and can be ordered in Dutch and English. 

The publication is also at the library in Alkmaar and Castricum.


Ronduit Uitgesproken is part of the platform 'Women with a Voice'. The platform that promotes the interest of women and gender equality through art.


From 'Women with a voice' Marieke organizes activities to raise awareness of gender equality worldwide.


Warmelink organizes projects, lectures, workshops, presentations, film screenings, (educational) workshops and coaching.

With Ronduit Uitgesproken, Marieke wants to encourage action locally that leads to change. 

If you would like to raise awareness in your own organisation, please contact Marieke to further discuss the possibilities. 

“It is important that we make women visible, share stories, understand the role women play, their talents, their importance. It has become my mission to raise my voice to honour women in the world through art.” - Marieke Warmelink

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Women with a Voice

What is genderequality?

Gender inequality is a form of discrimination that affects the realization of human rights. It hinders women's development and participation in society on an equal footing.

read more about gender equality

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