Kimonos Art Center
Kimonos Art Center has been active in the field of fine arts since 2015 and has already presented a rich body of work, making use of many means of creative expression and going through all the stages of artistic work.
In the Center's activities is included a complete educational program, with separate courses for children and individuals, covering the entire scope of fine arts (painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, animation and others), led by established artists, in collaboration with institutions and art schools (France, Germany, Denmark and others), in conditions that allow in its members to deepen the knowledge in the essence of their arts, to develop their technical knowledge and to constantly enrich their spiritual and philosophical wealth.
Since the beginning, it has been the main aim of the Center to locate, demonstrate and widen a fertile, free place, able to open up, on an everyday basis, our ability for a fundamentally other situation, meaning a fundamentally other way of life.
The foundation of this place was sealed by the noble gesture of Kyriakos and Aphrodite Margaritis, who offered to the Center its base: the building at 2 Kimonos Street - their home.
The function of the Center is regulated by this dimension of home; the Center is a refuge and a basis, a shelter and a starting point; it aims at gaining and at spending, at offering and at distributing; as a home, the Center honors the principles of hospitality.
The way has found its place and the place (for example, Pafos) received its spirit: genius loci, a guradian angel, a new and life-bearing demon. This dimension of the Center makes it impossible to attribute to it a precise definition, perhaps it resembles an evening school, an event space or a cultural café, but in reality it is something completely other than all these.
Above all, Kimonos Art Center, as a place, is its own specific way of being, which is: the unlimited care for all that we love; our attention (for people, the world, the things) expressed by the very serious game of art.
Those interested in being part of this, may visit the locations of the Center, in order to discuss with the artists and to get a personal experience of the creative atmosphere, the professionalism, the eventualities for various kinds of collaboration, but also of the quality of the education provided in the Center.
After a successful first edition of this project, this year Kimonos Art Center is presenting the second edition of “Episkeptes", a residency program that welcomes artists from around the world to meet and interact, research and create new works in the unique spaces of the Center.
Since its beginning, Kimonos Art Center has always been a place where people could gather, exchange ideas and be creative. In the past, the Center has accommodated several artists in its studios and provided them with professional equipment and exhibition possibilities. These artists and art students had the opportunity to explore, create and further develop their work. "Episkeptes" is a continuation of this spirit, trying to bring together international artists with the local creative community.
During "Episkeptes", Kimonos Art Center will accommodate in its spaces two international artists of any visual discipline (sculptors, painters, photographers, installation artists, printmakers, video and multimedia artists) for one month. They will be provided with studio space and equipment to work.
After the first 3 weeks of the residency, the Center will organize and curate, in collaboration with the participating artists, a presentation of the outcome in a local art space. The quality of artistic creation is one of the major concerns addressed by the program. A selection committee will evaluate the applicants, based on their artistic experience, merit and project proposal.
The program is funded by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Tourism and Youth of the Republic of Cyprus.
Artists are expected to present the work created during the residency to the public in the form of a presentation or a performance. This event is organized by Kimonos Art Center and curated by Yiannis Sakellis in collaboration with the participating artists.
Each artist is assigned an individual workspace within one of the Center’s studios. These spaces are private or shared with full-time access 24/7.
In case the applicants require specific requirements concerning the equipment they wish to work with, they can contact Kimonos Art Center before applying, in order to confirm the availability of such equipment.
Each artist is offered a private bedroom, with a private toilet and shower and has access to a common kitchen and laundry facilities.
- Outdoor studio with power tools and work space
- Indoor studio (s) with printing press, library, study room
- Basic photography studio equipment