IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2018 Cyprus Open Studios event!          We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us again this year.Publication4

In order to make your “treasure hunt” as pleasant as possible, we would like to recommend that you follow these links:

  1. This is the link that will take you to our page on the website where you can download our 2018 COS catalogue. Please click HERE
  2. This link will take you to the READ ONLY catalogue on issuu.com (click on the address).
  3. In order not to be disappointed as sometimes artists change their minds… please download the UPDATED Open Days Schedule HERE
  4. Remember to look out for the banners outside each venue and directional signage to guide you in.

There are a few points we need to bring to your attention:

  • This year, we are doing open studios for 10 consecutive days instead of the four weekends as in the past.
  • Opening hours: 11:00 until 17:00 each day (except Limassol gallery – see note below)
  • The members at each venue have elected certain days out of the 10 to be open; some have elected all ten whereas others have chosen only two or three out of the ten. PLEASE consult the individual member’s entry on the website to avoid disappointment: cyprusopenstudios.com > Members.
  • If possible, we would also recommend visiting our Facebook page to see an ongoing dialogue between us and the public – it’s a fun place to read all about it: HERE

Limassol town

  • A group of artists who either do not have studios or who are out of the country at present, have decided to make use of a gallery in Limassol where you will be able to see their work during the 10 days of Cyprus Open Studios.
  • The gallery is called Art Studio 55 / Pegasus Foundation and is located at

23 Andreas Drousiotis Street, Plateia Heroon (Heroes Square), Limassol, Cyprus

  • PLEASE NOTE that the opening hours at the gallery are different from the open studios, e.g. 18:00 until 21:00 daily between 5 and 14 October 2018.
  • Some of the exhibitors will be on hand from time to time to receive you, have a chat and make you welcome.
  • The gallery will be manned during opening hours each day.

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We wish to take this opportunity to thank Andreas Makariou of Pegasus Art Foundation for the use of this gallery – Andreas and his son, Demetris, will both be exhibiting as members of Cyprus Open Studios 2018.

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A few of last year’s open studios… they are all fun to visit!

Come and join us!

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That SEND button!

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These days there is a lot of talk about ‘mindfulness’ and the other day I came across a lecture that covered sending ‘mindful’ emails. The lecturer suggested that when you type an email – and this would particularly apply to bulk mailings – that you should NOT click on that SEND button as soon as you think that you are done.

An experience I had a few days ago made me realise just how correct she was! Of course I should have taken my ‘day of rest’, but knowing how much there still was to do, I pushed on regardless.

The lecturer suggested that after you have finished the email, you should take three deep breaths

Breathe Deeplyand then read the email as if you were the recipient. Personally, I think you should take three deep breaths, get up and make yourself a cup of tea, cup-of-tea have a meal or go for a short walk and then come back and read it like the recipient – and then take three more deep breaths before clicking SEND!

The other thing I would recommend is that you never send out anything that you have prepared whilst not 100% alert. tired-woman-300x229

That applies to your Christmas letter or six-monthly family newsletter too!

Since January we have been intensely busy with compiling information, learning new tricks, jumping through hoops and about a week ago, I was ready to play dead.

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However, it was time to SEND our personal group invitation to the people in my address book as there were about two weeks left before the first weekend of the Cyprus Open Studios 2016 event at my studio. I very proudly prepared the invitation, thinking that I was Oh, So Good! And then something happened, keeping me humble: I put the incorrect dates on… and had sent it to about 400 people! That darn SEND button!

My forelock was pulled down to my chin in apology, my knees were raw from begging for forgiveness and my face could not get any redder. Not only were the last nine months a steep learning curve, but this incident taught me never to assume there was nothing more to learn!

The good news is that all the participants have now received their printed catalogues and are making their own preparations for their open weekends, gearing up to make visits to our creative spaces as enjoyable as possible.

Printed catalogues are limited but everything is on our website

DOWNLOAD THE REVISED 2016 SCHEDULE FEATURING THE LATEST UPDATES!

We also offer a PRIZE DRAW – entry form downloadable from the website. Yes, you can win a voucher to use towards either acquiring a piece of art, sign up for a workshop or take lessons – art-en-route-cyprus.com is contributing €150,00 towards the cost. Perhaps next year you would like to join in the COS event too after you have had your lessons or workshop! Here is a mosaic workshop at  Mary Chojnowski’s studio in Tsada. childrens-workshop

We are full of great expectations for 2017 and have already started planning ahead. As you may be aware, Paphos is the twinned European Capital of Culture with Aarhus in Denmark for 2017.

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We have a few visiting artists for the 2016 event from the UK, the Netherlands and Ibiza, and next year we would like to concentrate on inviting some Danish – and other Scandinavian country artists to join us for the 2017 event which is once again planned for October. If you have artist friends from that part of the world, invite them and ask them to get in touch with us – it will be great fun! All contact information is on the website.

There is something else you might like… We are going to feature interviews with artists on our blog, showing you a bit more of who they are, what they do and why they do what they do. We are planning to do this on a regular basis and will do our best to bring you interesting news, views and happenings.

Till next time – and we hope to see you in our studios and creative spaces during the course of events. As a forerunner to the first COS weekend, Opus 39 Gallery Continue reading “That SEND button!”