There is very little in life that irritates me more than waiting… patience is not one of my virtues! They say that everything comes to those who wait; I say: eventually! I think we all want it now…
Apparently, it’s a millennial thing but I don’t even have that excuse… I’m from the rock ‘n roll era where everything was done with enormous energy and gusto.
The 1st of March 2018 sees the start of this year’s Cyprus Open Studios event when registration opens. The deadline for registration is 30 June 2018, which will give us just enough time in July to put together the information for the catalogue to go to the printers. As you know, August is holiday-month in Europe…
You have 4 months to register – do not delay – you will not be included
if you miss the deadline!
Please go to: www.cyprusopenstudios.com and click on Register here> Cyprus Open Studios – the form for online registration will pop up and further instructions will be sent to you by email.
This year, Cyprus Open Studios will take a different shape: We will be opening our studio or work space doors during a consecutive 10-day period, e.g. from 5 to 14 October 2018 and you can choose any days in that period… but at least two days. We would strongly recommend including at least one weekend.
The reason for this is that, in our experience, the four weekends that we opened in the past, is just stretching it out a bit too long; by the third and fourth weekends, both artists and visitors got a bit tired… By compressing the time period, we will also be able to push more resources at it and make it sparkle and shine!
When you register, please make sure you have read the terms and conditions at the bottom of the registration form. The fee structure has not changed since we started in 2016 apart from one additional option: You may become a member only (non-participating) for €35,00 if you truly, honestly, absolutely do not have a space to invite visitors into. However, if you DO wish to be a participating member and wish to share with other artists at their venue, please contact us and we will see if that could be arranged. We are also looking at alternative venues such as community centres, schools and other possibilities. Your suggestions would be appreciated!
We have secured space in Limassol at ART STUDIO 55, which is provided by the Pegasus Art Foundation, from 5 to 14 October 2018 inclusive. Please see their Facebook page here:
The catch is that the artists who choose to use this space will have to curate the show themselves AND be in attendance for the duration of the event. You will be able to work on the spot which is exactly what we aim to offer the public: to see the artist(s) at work and available for conversation. Obviously, a rotation ‘duty’ schedule will have to be worked out. HOWEVER, the cost for using this space will be €145,00 per artist and you have to be a member of Cyprus Open Studios at €35,00 for the year – we need to include you on the website. The upside is that there will be no commission charged on sales! And the space is very centrally located at Hero’s Square, next to the Rialto Theatre. Further details will be provided on request.
PLEASE NOTE: this option is NOT included on the registration page – if you would like to make use of it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to attract more visitors to the studios, we are offering TWO OPTIONS of prizes to be won:
- 3 nights FREE accommodation (see images below) on the Greek island of Kalymnos in 2019, depending on availability. Full details of the prize will be advised as soon as we have tied it all up – it’s gorgeous! All the winner needs to do is… GET THERE!
- 4 FREE sessions of lessons with a professional artist – the winner will be able to choose between several who have offered this option! Again, more details on the website very soon!
If that does not encourage visitors to your studio or work space, we can’t guess what will…
INVITE A FRIEND FROM ABROAD
We would, once again, encourage participants to invite an artist friend from abroad, who will be hosted at their home and share their COS space – FOR FREE! Yes, we will not charge a registration fee for your friend! Think of a dear friend whom you have not seen in a while and invite them to share the Cyprus art experience – they will love you for it!
OGA – OPEN GALLERIES ABROAD
This activity is part of the Cyprus Open Studios operation whereby we handle everything on behalf of each artist, from registration for each event to returning unsold pieces… and everything in between! More on the website very soon! See our previous blog post.
And the art is on its way… the pieces will be packed in a wooden container, which should keep it as safe as possible. Really exciting, isn’t it? We wish each participating artist the very best of luck!
Until the next one, keep on creating! And if you are not a creator, join in the fun by visiting studios in October!
The COS Team
Ed.: Maria Etheridge