a space made by artists for artists
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Since 1969 the Cyprus College of Art has been helping professional artists and art students from Britain, Ireland and elsewhere have the chance to spend time working in our studios in Cyprus (either with or without living accommodation) at an affordable price.
Our accommodation is simple youth hostel style accommodation, with shared bathroom, WC and cooking facilities, and everyone chips in to keep the place clean. It is simple, but not unpleasant accommodation which you might think of as being a bit like camping, but you should imagine stone tents.
A sense of freedom has always been central to what we do, so that although many universities and art studios might pay lip service to the idea of artistic freedom, very few of them practice it in a meaningful way. We try to. That does not mean
there are no rules, but there are no prejudices or preconceived ideas.
The Cyprus College of Art as a whole, is a simple place, a bit ramshackle and rough around the edges, but it points to a future ideal world where art is valued not for its financial value, but for its intrinsic quality. It points to a utopia where artists are considered important because of what they make, and not because they are a brand name or celebrity always filling the media.
If being an idealistic, utopian artist, living simply in the winter and spring sunshine of Cyprus appeals to you (and yes we have to admit it does sometimes rain in winter), then get in touch or enrol on the Cyprus Winter Studio now.
"All I wanted time to work, and space to think, without distractions. I wanted that and that is what I got. Perfect."
for artists and art students from around the world
"Here it is all about the making of art.
The simple stuff that attracted most of us to this art thing in the first place."
- Marcus Cope interviewed on the Cyprus College of Art
by Ross Walker in This is Tomorrow magazine.
Marcus is co-founder of the Marmite Prize for Painting.