There’s more to summer than the beach so why not take some time to cool down in an exhibition. ALIX NORMAN looks at what is still on
Hello holidays! Yup, we’re well into the official vacation period now and, if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’re currently enjoying at least a week of beachside relaxation. I’ll be staying right next to something I’ve wanted to visit for absolutely ages (more on this later). Which brings me to the point: there’s not an awful lot going on this week, so should you be looking for something that doesn’t involve constant sea, sun and sand, then how about taking in an exhibition or two? There are plenty which are ongoing across the island, and if there’s one time you’re relatively sure to be left to view in peace and quiet, it’s now!
If you’re stuck in Nicosia, then Rooms to Contemplate will give pause for thought. An exhibition of contemporary Cypriot Art hosted by the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, this is billed as “a visual art event that sets a precedent in the history of the Foundation and the island’s visual art scene.” Curated by Dr Savvas Christodoulides, Visual Artist and Assistant Professor at Frederick University, Rooms to Contemplate highlights “emblematic works from the Collection along with works by artists of the younger generation.” Boasting paintings, sculptures, constructions, photographs and videos that trace the evolution of the history of art in Cyprus from the beginning of the previous century to the present day, the exhibition is open every day of the week from 10 am to 7pm – the sort of quiet getaway that might just soothe a soul which has been left behind in the city!
Down in Limassol, I bet you’re all living it up on the water! But should you need a bit of a break, how about the Printing Showcase Summer 17 at the 6×6 Centre for Photography? Billed as “an exhibition of fine art reproductions and photographic prints reproduced and printed on a variety of materials and with varying finishes”, this showcase will be ongoing till the end of the month, open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 1pm, 3pm and 5.30pm on specific days of the week. Featuring art prints of “paintings, illustrations, watercolours, mosaics, installations and other works of art”, the big draw, apparently, is that the exhibition pieces are all courtesy of local artistic talents, among them Andy Bargilly, Peter Moore, Katie Sabry, Michalis Papamichael and the Maria Michael Art Studio. So if you’re a little too old for viewing the local talent on the beach, then this might just be the more cultural route to take!
Paphos has been consumed for the last few months by everything European Capital of Culture. We’ve had endless performances, workshops, lectures and seminars on every facet of the island and its history. But the ongoing exhibition Cyprus: On Target highlights what is probably one of the most crucial aspects of our past. Touted as “an ambitious project of Pafos 2017 about war and violence” the exhibition includes pieces on the theme of “conflict, war and refugees” by artists Tammam Azzam, Molitor & Kuzmin, Ulrike Rosenbach, Rinos Stefani and Wolf Vostell. “Cyprus,” say organisers, “is surrounded by countries in conflict and has itself gone through the experience of war and refugees. Military targets, check points and the buffer zone constantly remind us of this violence. Similar situations are being experienced in many places in the world.” We’re not saying this will be a light-hearted trip down memory lane, but if you’re looking to delve into the deeper aspects of the past, Cyprus: On Target might be a refreshing change!
Lastly, Ayia Napa. And while there are any number of ongoing exhibitions, the one place I will definitely be visiting during the holidays is the Ayia Napa Sculpture Park. Featuring works of art by more than 20 sculptors from around the world, this open-air venue is a place I’ve long wanted to reconnoitre. So, one evening, when the breeze is off the sea and the sun’s setting at just the right angle, I’m going to head over from the hotel for a real exploration – camera at the ready! Because, much as I love the sea, there’s more to the summer than beach life!
Rooms to Contemplate
Tel: 22 128157 or email [email protected]
6×6 Printing Showcase Summer 17
Tel: 25 354810 or visit www.centreforphotography6x6.com
Cyprus: on Target
Tel: 26 930653 or visit www.pafos2017.eu
Ayia Napa Sculpture Park
Tel: 23 816300 or visit www.ayianapa.org.cy