a space made by artists for artists
the stass paraskos
summer studio 2023
Our accommodation is very simple youth hostel style accommodation, with shared
bathroom and cooking facilities, and everyone chips in to keep the place clean.
It is simple, but very pleasant accommodation, but it is not in the least bit luxurious.
Is that a problem? You might think it is, but in high summer in Cyprus when the average daytime temperature is between 30 and 40 celsius everyone lives most of the time outside anyway, and we have run it this way for over 40 years with very few
complaints. The best way to think of it is as being a bit like camping, but you should imagine stone tents.
Do also bear in mind that Lempa is a rural community, where you will be living close to nature, so nature, with its animals and plants, is never far away and sometimes pays us a visit. Again that is not something everyone likes, so if it is a problem for you then this is probably not a good place for you to come.
That said, many great artists who have stayed here in the past have loved it, including Euan Uglow, Terry Frost, Jennifer Durrant, Humphrey Ocean, Jon Isherwood, Mali Morris, Rachel Whiteread to name but a few.
Rooms can be taken either as singles, twins or dorms. A single is a bedroom to yourself, but still with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.
A twin, comprises two single beds in one room and this is where you book with a named other person who you know and will share the room with you. Again the kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared with the whole group.
A dorm is a twin or triple room where you do not know the person(s) you will be sharing with and we allocate people to rooms. Again the kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared with the whole group.
All accommodation is self-catering. There is a large supermarket in the village called Papantoniou Supermarket, as well as cafes and restaurants, but most people on the Summer Studio prefer to take part in an optional communual cooking rota or to cook for themselves.
The daily cleaning rota is compulsory, as in most youth hostels, and yes it does include having to clean the communal toilets and showers.
for artists and art students from around the world
The image above is of one
of the 'stone tents' in Lempa