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winter studio 2023

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. By that we mean as low as £90 a week, and that includes living accommodation and studio space.


Outside summer we tend to be quiet, although there are visiting student groups  

who use the space. That means this is a real opportunity for artists

to get work done, enjoying their own company or

that of only a small group.


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.


However do bear in mind that it is not always warm even in Cyprus

in winter, and it can get very cold, so even a 'stone tent' is not going to be something everyone will want to stay in at this time of year. Spring and autumn are warmer, but not like summer, with mean daytime temperatures in the high teens or low 20s celcius.


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."

- Peter Gresswell, British artist

on the Winter Studio 2014 

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.

The sense of freedom has always been central to what we do

In the quiet


it is a time to get

some real work made

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