The Studio Residency, $2200 USD, includes family style meals, lodging and shared studio workspace for the entire 2 week duration. The Independent Residency, $1800 USD, also includes family style meals, lodging, and inclusion in the Mudhouse Residency community of international artists for the 2 week duration. Both residencies provide the artist the opportunity to present an artist-led talk or reading and participate in the closing exhibition.
The online application is free and open to all artists.
The Mudhouse Residency is designed to provide a cultural immersion: living, working and dining in the mountain village of Agios Ioannis, on the Greek island of Crete. The residency is inclusive to a number of artistic disciplines, with the facilities to accommodate studio artists, photographers, writers, choreographers and composers. Lunches and dinners are served family style at the village taverna and group trips have been organized to tour the ancient Minoan ruins at Mochlos, visit the Florentine monastery at Toplou, swim in the blue green waters of the Libyan sea and hike across the Thripti mountain range. Artists are invited to present a slideshow lecture or reading of their work for fellow residents, and participate in a closing exhibition at the Residency’s conclusion.
The Mudhouse Residency offers two distinct programs based on the individual needs of the artist-in-residence. The Studio Residency offers visual artists the time and the studio space to develop a body of work and the Independent Residency provides the time and structure to focus on a non-studio based project; be it a novel, screenplay, video, or photographic series. All Programs include the accommodations of the artist in residence for the duration of the Residency, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner each day within the village.
The Mudhouse Residency will host two sessions in 2018, June 18- July 2 and July 9- July 23.
At the end of each session an exhibition is mounted at the Agios Ioannis Cultural Center, with a corresponding reception in which the residents of the village and surrounding villages are invited to celebrate with the artists.
Guests are accommodated in the homes and guest homes of the village residents. Agios Ioannis has a large international community, with residents from Italy, England and Australia, in addition to Greece. Each residence was rebuilt from the ruins of the original stone village to the specific taste of the owner, and no two residences are alike. None of the residences or the studio spaces were designed to accommodate guests with disabilities, although some arrangements may be possible. Linen is provided and laundry facilities are available. Most accommodations include Wifi and there is Wifi available at the Mudhouse.
The Studio is equipped with:
Project-based studio assistance and support: the Mudhouse Residency is located in a rural area, but they are committed to helping the artists-in-residence realize their project.
The village of Agios Ioannis, located on the southern side of the southernmost Greek island of Crete, dates back to the 15th century. It's current permanent population is 37 inhabitants, as most of the original residents of the mountain settlement moved to the coastline villages of Ferma and Koutsounari when irrigation systems brought fresh water from the mountains to the coast. The village became largely uninhabited and many of the stone and mud structures fell into ruin. In the last three decades international settlers have begun to purchase and restore the ruins, to their own particular tastes. This means, amongst the ruins, one now finds stately Italian villas and English gardens. The Mudhouse is one of the few renovated structures to utilize traditional Cretan construction methods, as it's walls are made of silt and stone.
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