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Four artists will combine their work today at the Zmart Gallery of the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum during the first group exhibition of London Cypriot artists in Nicosia.

The exhibition, under the name London to Nicosia – Art, Expression and Connection, aims at linking Cypriot artists of the British diaspora with their homeland.

Painters Renos Lavithis and Andrea Tyrimos, painter and printmaker Despina Symeou and photographer Robert Kyprianou will collectively present a shared body of work in an effort to bridge the gap between the Cypriot art community in Cyprus and in England.

The four artists will seek to illustrate how the influence in their upbringing and training abroad is linked with an inherent sense of Cypriot creativity and expression.

The exhibition is an ideal way for British Cypriot artists to be introduced to their home country and enhance the ties between Cyprus and the UK as well as the broader Cypriot diaspora.

Kyprianou, who had the idea behind the exhibition, said “I was familiar with the vision of Loukia and Michael Zampelas and their museum, having been to a plethora of the exhibitions hosted within that space. The atmosphere is always warm and welcoming and the constant celebration of the Cypriot artist is something that relates to the love that I have for my homeland. Last year I visited an exhibition of established artists from the English Cypriot community in London and was very impressed by the standard of the work on display. That is how the idea began – connecting three artists and one photographer from North London to their roots, exhibiting their art amongst their Cypriot peers in Nicosia. The exhibition will be a first of its kind, reminding us of both the talent and reach of the Cypriot diaspora.”

The exhibition will be opened by the High Commissioner of the UK in Cyprus, Rik Todd.

London to Nicosia – Art, Expression and Connection
A first group exhibition of London Cypriot artists in Nicosia. Opens April 6 at 7pm until April 30. Zmart Gallery at the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum. 27 Arch. Makarios III Ave, 1020 Kaimakli, Nicosia. Monday to Friday: 8am-2pm. Tel: 22-456099 or 22-456093

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