Hermitage Sykaminea (HS) Open Call for 2024

Participants of Sykaminea Residency studying the skin of a goat (2021)
Courtesy of Sykaminea

Hermitage Sykaminea (HS) Open Call for 2024

HS is an AiR and gathering point for arts, crafts, and architecture on the Greek island of Lesvos. Deadline: May 31, 2023.

This year, the first Open Call for the residency programme of the Hermitage Sykaminea (HS) is taking
place. The aim of the programme is to provide space for teamwork in the fields of crafts, architecture,
design and arts. Preference will be given to projects with local and/or ecological content. However, this
is not a prerequisite for application. Scholarships will be awarded to two groups for the year 2024.
The HS is located outside the village of Sykaminea, secluded in a 4000 sqm olive grove in the north of the
island of Lesvos. It consists of two wooden houses and a pergola. It was founded in 2016 as a place for
retreat. Between 2020-22 it has been restructured and became a gathering point for creativity.

Application requirements:

  • Support will be given to groups already working on a project or about to start one and need a place to work in concentration. The group should have worked together in the past and completed projects.
  • Groups of up to a maximum of 8 people can be accommodated.
  • Attendance is compulsory.
  • Duration of the residency
  • Two periods of 3 and 2 months are available:

First period: 01 April - 30 June 2024
Second period: 01 October - 30 November 2024


  • A maximum of 8 people can stay in four bedrooms (two double bedrooms, each with a double bed mattress, one room with two single beds, and one house with two single beds and a kitchen).
  • There are two bathrooms.
  • A pergola with a kitchen and living room forms the common area of the HS. The olive grove has covered but open spaces that can be used as workplaces.

Work equipment and assistance:

At the beginning of the residency, an introductory event is held for the scholarship holders. After that, we are available once a week to answer questions. In monthly island excursions, the scholarship holders are informed about the island's history and current political situation. They do not offer support for the individual work of the scholarship holders, but are happy to help with contacting the local community and providing information on the procurement of materials. The scholarship holders are responsible for their own meals.

Fees and support:

Once the application has been selected, the HS will seek funding for the residency. After the successful funding of the residency, the selected group receives an application commitment. The group will receive a grant consisting of travel expenses, a daily allowance and accommodation. The scholarship holders are responsible for their own food, mobility on the island and work materials.

Expectations towards the working group:

They expect a public presentation at the end of the residency, showing the results of the stay.

Application information:

  • Application period: 01.05. - 31.05.2023
  • Application deadline: 31.05.2023, 23:59 EET
  • Applications by e-mail to: [email protected]
  • Application documents:
    • Individual CV for each group member (max. 2 DIN A4 pages in PDF format)
    • Project description (max. 2 DIN A4 pages in PDF format)
    • Portfolio (max. 10 DIN A4 pages in PDF format)
    • Indication of the group's website (if available)
    • Indication of the desired period of stay between April-May and October-November

Only submissions of applications that are complete will be reviewed. All applicants will receive a notification with the result of their applications by 31.12.2023 (approximately).

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