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 £60 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