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Greek Island Residency (Skopelos, Greece) – Call For Artists

Greek Island Residency (Skopelos, Greece) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts (SkopArt) located on the Greek Island of Skopelos announces a call for artists for the Greek Island Residency for 2024. Residency studios are equipped for painters, printmakers, ceramicists, and sculptors and are for three weeks from April – October. Perched high above the Aegean Sea, find a welcome respite from the hurly-burly world. Feel freedom to work in the only studio that offers most mediums in Greece. Experience the food, history, landscape, music, and welcoming people of the island.

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Apply by: 20 March 2023

The Greek Island Residency has much to offer all ages and needs. A younger artist may need to boost their resume. Another may be working on a deadline for a project and require the time to work alone and concentrate on it. Others may need time away from their culture and environment to find a different form of inspiration. Some bring friends or families so they may spend their free time in other pursuits. Others enjoy the exchanges that occur with artists working in the studio in different mediums or the same medium.

The journey to the island on ferry presents all residents with a 3-hour experience that is relaxing to the spirit and visually exciting as one leaves the shore and first arrives at the Port of Skiathos. It then continues for another hour to the Port of Skopelos. The quaint villages with red tile and slate roofs dot the mountains. The lush pine forests of Skopelos are in view. The coves and beaches tucked away from full view stir the imagination and call for exploration. The staff at Skopelos wishes the residents to find freedom to explore, experiment, and expand their artistic expressions.

Greek Island Residency Artist Benefits

SkopArt hopes that the residency will allow the artists to network with other talented artists, learn about a new culture, and enjoy down time from their busy lives. They allow first time residents so SkopArt can be a springboard to other residencies. Many artists have breakthroughs in their work because they have the time to think about new ideas. The island is incredibly inspiring with the gorgeous pine tree forests that go all the way down to the deep blue Aegean Sea. It is a safe environment so artists can walk freely through charming and quaint Skopelos town day or night.

About Skopelos Foundation for the Arts

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts was established as a non-profit organization in 1999 by the Founder, Gloria Carr. For years, it was her vision to create a studio for artists. She wasn’t sure where it would be set up until 1996 when she visited the island of Skopelos.

Skopelos is a unique island with the contrast of light and color. It is the greenest island located in the Northern Sporades. The locals add to the extraordinary flavor of the island and this is where Gloria Carr decided to create a studio.

The mission of the Foundation is to promote the visual arts and education in the arts through cultural exchanges. Guided by the Hellenic history and culture, the Foundation promotes artistic dialogue between the Greek, American, and International communities of artists.

The ceramics area is open raw space with a gorgeous view of the neighboring island, Alonnisos. There are two electric kilns, two wheels on site, and a wood-burning kiln. The Foundation is affiliated with Nikos Rodios, who is a world-renowned potter and known for his patented firing technique that creates a beautiful onyx that he applies to his work modeled after ancient utilitarian pieces.

The printmaking facilities overlook the Aegean Sea, with lots of windows so that the artists always see the light and the constantly changing colors of the water. The studio has equipment so it can accommodate the beginner to the most advanced.

The Foundation has a Board of Directors which is made up of businesspeople, artists, and university professors from Florida, Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC. It is affiliated with some of the top Universities including Arizona State University, George Mason University, Gulf Coast College, Marymount University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Corcoran School of Art + Design, Pratt Institute, The University of Florida, and Michigan School of Art + Design. The Foundation has worked with top workshop directors such as Pavel Amromin, Steve Cushner, Georgia Deal, Linda Goodman, Kathleen King, Mitch Lyons, Tammy Marinuzzi, Dennis O’Neil, and Suzy Birstein.

Skopelos is a place that takes the imagination beyond what one thinks is possible if you allow it. It is for the flexible adventurer that wants to create and be engulfed by the Greek culture. If you want to have an experience you will never forget, come work on your own or in one of the workshops.

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