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. The Mudhouse Residency includes the accommodations of the artist for the duration of the Residency, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner each day within the village. Additionally, they offer all artists-in-residence the option to participate in studio workshops and group day trips. They will be holding three residency sessions in 2022; the first session will be June 6 - 20, the second session will be June 27 - July 11 and the third session will be July 18 - August 1.
For studio artists the facilities include 24 hour access to an open format studio space in the heart of the village. The studio is well ventilated, with north, south and east-facing windows to provide natural light and is outfitted with electrical lighting, tables, chairs, and easels. Dancers and choreographers are provided use of a separate practice space with athletic flooring. Access to the Music house concert hall and grand piano is available to one composer-in-residence per session.
The residency also provides artists who don’t require the use of a studio with the time and structure to focus on a non-studio based project, be it a novel, screenplay, video, or photographic series.
The Mudhouse is pleased to host a reading, screening or viewing of works in progress as desired. Artists are invited to present a slideshow lecture or reading on their work for fellow residents, and participate in a closing exhibition at the residency’s conclusion.
The Studio is equipped with:
- 1500 sq foot open air shared studio space
- Electricity and electric light for working at night
- Tables, chairs, easels, basic drawing materials, sketchbook paper
- Carving tools, woodblocks, and instruments for manual printmaking processes
- One dancer/ choreographer per session will have use of the practice space with athletic flooring
- One musician/ composer per session will have use of the concert hall with the grand piano
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.
Artists are accommodated in the 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. WiFi is available for basic internet use at the Taverna and the Mudhouse. Most accommodations do not have WiFi.
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.