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EXHIBITION l Abandoned Artwork – Opening

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In an era of criticism, Art needs to be the stepping stone of creating a better world.
Art does not judge nor does it see right or wrong.
Instead, it gives the freedom to all individuals to express themselves.
This exhibition is consisted of twelve artists who are presenting themselves and who they are through the art piece, which was left behind and forgotten in the corner of their home, or studio.

Exhibition’s opening: Thursday, 9th of July 2020 at 19:30

Gallery’s opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 – 14:00 & 16:00 – 20:00
Saturday: 11:00 – 18:00
Sunday & Monday: closed

P.S. Don’t miss it!!
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Σε μια εποχή όπου επικρατεί η κριτική, η Τέχνη πρέπει να είναι το σκαλοπάτι για τη δημιουργία ενός καλύτερου κόσμου.
Η τέχνη δεν κρίνει, ούτε βλέπει σωστό ή λάθος.
Αντ ‘αυτού, δίνει την ελευθερία σε όλα τα άτομα να εκφραστούν.
Αυτή η έκθεση αποτελείται από δώδεκα καλλιτέχνες, οι οποίοι έχουν σκοπό να αναδείξουν τον εαυτό τους και ποιοι είναι πραγματικά μέσα από το έργο τέχνης τους, το οποίο είχε μείνει ξεχασμένο στη γωνία του σπιτιού τους ή του εργαστηρίου τους.

Εγκαίνια έκθεσης: Πέμπτη, 9 Ιουλίου 2020 στις 19:30 έως τις 22:00

Έκθεση έως τις 23 Ιουλίου 2020

Ώρες λειτουργίας της γκαλερί:
Τρίτη έως Παρασκευή: 10:00 – 14:00 & 16:00 – 20:00
Σάββατο: 11:00 – 18:00
Κυριακή & Δευτέρα: κλειστή

Υ.Γ. Μην την χάσετε!

In Stavri Pidia studio

Stavri Pidia: “As an artist I speak with my emotions.”

Stavri Pidia is an artist based in Limassol and she is inspired by social issues and concerns. Stavri has exhibited her artwork ‘Schizophrenia’ at our recent exhibition ‘Identity’.

Let us know a bit more about yourself and when did you first become interested in Art?  

I was born and raised in Limassol, Cyprus and I am a professional Graphic Designer / Illustrator. Art was a part of my life from a very young age. I grew up watching my mum painting and participating in exhibitions herself, so that on its own was very eye-opening to me. I took various Art Lessons at a young age and I can always remember myself drawing or painting on walls, books, sketchbooks or any empty space I could find. I have always admired how artists work, how they think about life and how they put their visions and thoughts onto canvases or any other form of space and I have always felt a part of this world. After a 5 year break for my studies, I decided to return to painting at the age of 23. Since then I have been taking part to group exhibitions in Cyprus and I also presented my first solo exhibition in June, 2019 in Limassol.
Tell us about your Art working process and inspirational sources.  

Usually I think about a specific problem that is in my mind and I try to visualize how I want to paint it with color or shapes, and so I start sketching on my canvas until I end up with my final outline.  I try to think which color matches with the feeling I want to pass on to the viewer, so I do a bit of research before. At this point of my life, I get inspired by Social issues / problems and moments that give me very strong feelings, either negative or positive. These feelings are usually anger, sadness curiosity and optimism. In a sentence I could say that as an artist I speak with my emotions.
Tell us a bit about your working and creativity process. 

To be honest, I don’t have a specific creativity process. Ideas run through my head constantly, and whichever makes me feel more vulnerable or passionate about a subject, that’s the one I choose to paint.  Some days I feel more creative than others. The days that creativity doesn’t flow as much into me, I try to avoid painting so I won’t end up with something I don’t like. It has happened in the past and I had to re-paint the final outcomes because it didn’t feel right.

What moment of your Art career you identify as the highlight and why?
 
I believe my first Solo Exhibition in 2019 was the highlight of my Art Career. In that exhibition I tried to express my point of view on mental illnesses and how we should accept those and the people that go through them as part of our lives. To end the stigma of mental illnesses. The whole exhibition was kind of a risk for me since I am a new artist in Cyprus and I didn’t know if people were to show up. I was surprised to see the amount of people that visited the opening of my exhibition and I felt very proud when I sold many of my paintings.  As a new artist that was a big’’ push’’ for me to work harder and do more in the Art field.
Are there any current or future projects, exhibitions you are working on or will be soon?

Currently, I am working on a new project which will be about Body Love and Women Empowerment. If everything goes well with the pandemic that took over the past months, I will announce the opening of my new exhibition in 2021.

Instagram: @stavripidia @ariaartcy

Art event

Χρώματα & Δαντελωτά Μαντάλα | Εργαστήρι & Παρουσίαση Βιβλίου

Τα χρώματα της ψυχής σαν μέσο έμπνευσης!

Εργαστήριο για ενήλικες εμπνευσμένο από τη φιλοσοφία του καινοτόμου βιβλίου «Χρώματα & Δαντελωτά Μαντάλα»

Exhibit 8 Crafts & Heritage
Ανδρέα Δρουσίωτη 6, Yanax Suits, 3040, Λεμεσός

Ανακαλύψτε μέσα από το μοναδικό αυτό εργαστήριο την πολύπλευρη επίδραση του φωτός και των χρωμάτων στη ζωή σας, που θα σας δώσει πρόσβαση στην μοναδική σας προσωπικότητα και ενέργεια και θα σας φέρει σε επαφή με ένα πρωτόγνωρο τρόπο, με τον μοναδικό σας πλούτο.
Έτσι με πηγή έμπνευσης τα χρώματα της δικής σας ενέργειας, προσωπικότητας και ψυχής, θα δημιουργήσετε τα δικά σας μοναδικά μαντάλα.

Με εκπαιδευτές την Έλενα Χατζηγεωργίου, την Ισχυρή Mind Coach, Spiritual Healer και συγγραφέα, η οποία σας παρουσιάζει ένα ολοκληρωμένο και αποτελεσματικό σύστημα, που σας δίνει τη δυνατότητα να χρωματίσετε αποτελεσματικά την ευτυχία και την επιτυχία σας!

Και την Ειρήνη Κλοκκαρή, δημιουργό του Klokkari Design Studio, εικονογράφο, με Master στο Interdisciplinary Design, γνωστή για την ιδιαίτερη δημιουργική προσέγγιση της την οποία διοχετεύει και στα εκπαιδευτικά της προγράμματα.

Επένδυση: €12 το άτομο, συμπεριλαμβάνονται τα υλικά.
**Παρακαλούμε όπως προκρατήσετε την θέση σας λόγω περιορισμένο αριθμό θέσεων.

Artists

‘Quill & Feel’ exhibition: Pan Meraklis and Irina Sigitova

‘Quill and Feel’ is the exhibition of the artists Pan Meraklis and Irina Sigitova, presenting a magical journey of their own unique ‘world’ made out of paper.

Both Pan and Irina are continuously exploring and creating artworks, as a main source of inspiration the people’s face characteristics, which are mutated through paper and translated into natural landscapes, rivers, mountains and light.

Art is human being added to nature” – Cezanne

The relationship between humans, nature and environment is the most sincere, reliable and indestructible in time. Mother nature gives a sense of freedom and a unify atmosphere between people, living organisms and as suggested by the artists, it could be identified as a miracle. Furthermore, characterized by its beautiful colors, the sense of freedom, harmony, balance and the continuity of life, nature is a huge source of inspiration for the artists to produce Art.

Old books, cardboards, magazines, colorful papers, calendars, come to life by becoming strips of paper, wrapped around and thus creating multiple, small spirals in order to be constructed to form Panagiotis’s and Irina’s stunning and fascinating artworks.

In the process of mosaic; piece by piece, a new paper world unfolds in front of us, full of colors and light. Focusing on the tree and the sun as dynamic symbols of life, Pan Meraklis and Irina Sigitova create their own personal universe with patience, joy and love thus letting the miracle of nature to guide them.

**The exhibition’s opening was on the 14th of February and it will due the 3rd of March 2020.

Art exhibition

‘Identity’ Group Exhibition

“Identity”

A sneak peek from our first Group exhibition opening themed “Identity”!

Thank you all for attending and a special thanks to all the artists, who revealed their identity through their amazing artworks!

Curatorial Statement:

An identity is created and differentiated. Identity exists both in the microcosm and the macrocosm such as the universe, nature, cells, objects, people and even in everyday life. We are going through an era where ‘self-profiles’ are a usual phenomenon.
This phenomenon is observed in various forms and places, including social media, personal choices of clothing and hobbies, possessions, as well as an individual’s way of expression and thinking. An object is structurally created with certain materials to be functional in everyday life, thus serving its users. Thus, objects have their own established identity and qualities. The identity of humans can be explored through their own reflections, actions and reactions through daily public and private interferences.
People’s identity could be a combination of their social, cultural and educational background and how that is continuously evolving. The identity of an artist has no exception, and similarly to the rest of the world, it is constantly changing through time. The concept of ‘identity’ is so broad and yet so specific and sensitive for each one of us. The artists, through their five senses, could observe and present an unusual perspective of an everyday situation, object or feeling and thus developing their own unique characteristics.

Selected artists: 

Betina Rasic, Vartan Ghazarian, Electra Stavrou, Andrea Charalambides, Androniki Lasithiotakis, Andria Parmatzia, Nata Chebarkova, Milena Dimitrova, Natalia Kle, Andriana Milioti, Maria Xinari, Marianna Parmatzia, Nikoletta Ioannou, Elena Ioanu, Mary Savva, Chrysa Kanari, Andreas Kelpis, Elena Efrem, Sulla Peter, Olivia Christodoulides

Art Curator: Evdokia Georgiou
Art Director: Sonia Photiou

Open Call Group Art Exhibition: ‘Identity’ at Exhibit 8

Our first OPEN CALL for a Group Art Exhibition is now happening.

‘Identity’

An identity is created and differentiated. Identity exists both in the microcosm and the macrocosm such as the universe, nature, cells, objects, people and even in everyday life.

We are going through an era where ‘self-profiles’ are a usual phenomenon. This phenomenon is observed in various forms and places, including social media, personal choices of clothing and hobbies, possessions, as well as an individual’s way of expression and thinking. An object is structurally created with certain materials to be functional in everyday life, thus serving its users. Thus, objects have their own established identity and qualities.

The identity of humans can be explored through their own reflections, actions and reactions through daily public and private interferences. People’s identity could be a combination of their social, cultural and educational background and how that is continuously evolving. The identity of an artist has no exception, and similarly to the rest of the world, it is constantly changing through time. The concept of ‘identity’ is so broad and yet so specific and sensitive for each one of us. The artists, through their five senses, could observe and present an unusual perspective of an everyday situation, object or feeling and thus developing their own unique characteristics.

 

Art Curator: Evdokia Georgiou

Art Director: Sonia Photiou

Submission deadline: The 10th of January 2020.

The announcement of the selected artists will be on the 13th of January 2020.

  • The opening of the exhibition will be on Friday, the 31st of January 2020 and it will be on for 10 days.

We wish to invite artists to submit their artworks of various media such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs and mixed media.

How to submit:

  • Submission is free.
  • Participation fee if selected is 50 euro.
  • In your application you should include the artist’s biography, statement (incl. clear reference to the exhibition’s theme) and photos of artwork. (finished or in process)
  • Commission applied: 15%.
  • Sale of artwork is optional and consent from the artists is needed in written form.

What we provide:

  • Excellent facilities in Limassol city center
  • Wall Space with hanging accessories for hanging artwork and plinths for sculptures available.
  • Design of promotional material.
  • Advertising through posters and TVs on the gallery’s vitrine.
  • Paid advertisements on Facebook and Instagram
  • Professionally made video documenting the opening of the exhibition and its publication.
  • Artists’ templates with the selected artworks’ close ups.
  • Cocktail at the opening.
  • Catalogue of the exhibition for each artist.

EXHIBITION | Shaped Chaos | Evdokia Georgiou

‘Shaped Chaos- Art exhibition

Opening: 15th of November at Exhibit 8 Gallery in Limassol Cyprus

‘Shaped Chaos’ is the first solo exhibition of the upcoming artist, Evdokia Georgiou, who is based in Limassol of Cyprus. As a Fine Art graduate of University of Kent; Evdokia, in 2015, she was short-listed for the CVAN Platform Graduate Award. The artist has participated to various exhibition both in Cyprus and abroad- United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Among others, Evdokia participated in Larnaca Biennale 2018, ‘Aspects of Goddess’ in Rome Art Week 2019, and the ‘Summer show’ in Barcelona. An artwork of the artist is part of the Imago Mundi collection since 2018 and exhibited in the same year in Trieste, Italy.

 

About ‘Shaped chaos’ exhibition:

The exhibition is based on a collection of sculptures, paintings and drawings, through which the artist wishes to re-create images of the surrounded forms and situations in nature, society and human’s daily life. Evdokia wishes to invite the audience in a playful and yet multidimensional artworks to challenge the different aspects in a society. Therefore, the artist illustrates the progressive direction of beings and the need of sustainability and consciousness towards the change in the social and private realms.

Don’t miss it!

Web: www.evdokiageorgiou.com

Evdokia Georgiou

EXHIBITION | Chronicles of a Reflection | Fani Agisilaou

Fani Agisilaou was born in 1991 and is a fine art graduate from UCA and is currently based in Cyprus Limassol. After experimenting with art photography and completing her master degree on History and Theory of art in 2017 she went back to painting. She finds inspiration through her everyday social experiences and human interactions. Through her work she investigates the psychological complexity of women through intimate observations in their personal space. She strives to represent some part of their temperament. They are strong, beautiful, independent and vulnerable at the same time. In that process of course she is including her own self. This is year she had her first solo exhibition at Exhibit8 gallery.
An amalgam of works, arranged into a visual diary, speaks of crucial events in a certain girl’s life, and her dual role of actor and observer as those events unravel.
Through a painful, yet painstaking, attempt at comprehending the ways in which past experiences persistently determine current decisions, thoughts and emotions, a female figure is born. Whether that figure belongs to the artist herself is unclear.
What is clear, however, is that by observing “her” the artist is able to obtain a broader, more holistic understanding of things, which in turn demands that she faces what she essentially needs.
A series of works through which love, anger and the desire of solace, vividly emanate.
Visit the gallery on Friday 13th of September at 19:30 at Exhibit 8 Gallery at 6 Andrea Drousioti, 3040 Limassol

Bauhaus at Harvard

The university showcases deep relationship between the movement and its school of design

By Joseph Boisvere

In graduate school I took a course on Latin American cinema that primed me for this show, The Bauhaus and Harvard, which is organized in conjunction with the centennial of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany. But Bauhaus is a German movement, and Germany is not in Latin America, you might reasonably argue. Fair. However, during this course on films of the western hemisphere I was fortunate to be exposed to Arturo Escobar’s brilliant book from 2018 Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds. In it, Escobar makes a sophisticated argument over many chapters that I can sum up briefly: Design is everywhere in human society, and how a culture, a person, a movement, designs anything – from tools to buildings to works of art – is indicative of a unique perspective on how the world works, how it is created and dwelt within, and the designer’s role within this world.

This is a brilliant reversal of the practical logic of Bauhaus, in a certain sense, which took aesthetic intentions and married these to the pragmatic concerns of design. Harvard’s retrospective on the relationship that the university enjoyed with Bauhaus and its contributors is a succinct and yet varied look into not only some interesting outcomes of this design but also the training that students of design at the university’s campus during the dominance of Bauhaus underwent.

Studies and exercises in color, line, and form appear not only beside furniture and architectural diagrams, but alongside drawings by Kandinsky, a massive wall-mounted sculpture by Hans Arp, and a twenty-foot long painting by Herbert Bayer which once hung in Harkness Commons. Semi-industrial samples of Bauhaus weaving hang like tapestries as testaments to the rigorous workshop training that designers were expected to complete. The show is laid out in a way such that these very different artifacts occupy a space that tells a story, not as you walk through as in some retrospective shows, but in its very amalgamation. The various media lain one next to another suggest that the show’s layout itself is utilitarian, demonstrative, and aesthetic all at once.

A century after Bauhaus rose out of the ashes of the first World War, this retrospective on its integration into Harvard’s School of Design closes the gap even further between the purely aesthetic and the necessarily pragmatic. It gives its audience a hint as to what Escobar argued in his recent book: that design is ubiquitous, even a retrospective art and design show performs a function as it entertains. Bauhaus at Harvard reminds us to appreciate the aesthetical qualities of the utilitarian and to expect beauty from that which may otherwise be merely useful.

Joseph Boisvere

Popi Mouskatou exhibits her art at Exhibit8

We are happy to announce that the famous Cypriot artist Popi Mouskatou will be exhibiting her art at our gallery based in Limassol, Cyprus.

Popi Mouskatou Christodoulidou was born in Limassol. She studied Pedagogics, specializing in Arts ( Pedagogic Academy of Cyprus, 1990), qualifying as well at the National and Capodistrian University of Athens in 1998.

She has been working for Primary Education since 1990.Popi Mouskatou Christodoulidou has followed stydies in Art at Buckinghamshire New University, gaining the BA Hons in Creative Arts in 2007.

She has had her own workshop in the old Town of Limassol. Her paintings can be found in private collections.

She has also taken part in exhibitions both in Cyprus and abroad.

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