A group exhibition of art created by Cypriot and European artists will be held on Saturday at the Annabelle Hotel in Paphos under the name The Space Art for Charity.
The exhibition, until December 17, is being organised to raise funds for the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF) and the Archangel Michael Hospice. Fifty per cent of the income received from the sale of works in the exhibition will be donated to these charities.
“The idea is that an artist puts in a work and if it sells they will get 50 per cent and the charities – PASYKAF, Cancer Patient Support Group and Archangel Michael Hospice – will get the other 50 per cent. With it being just before Christmas we are hoping that people will consider this opportunity to buy art as festive gifts, whilst at the same time, support these two brilliant charities. With their support, we aim to raise a lot of money for charity and mark this occasion as the launch of an annual event,” says Creator and Co-Organiser Sarah Coyne.
The exhibition will include professional artists of different genres including paintings, prints, mixed media and photographs. These include David Batchelor from London who has works in the permanent collection of The Tate, and has exhibited worldwide including the Saatchi Gallery and The Serpentine Gallery.
Co-organiser of the exhibition and director of the Cyprus College of Art at Lemba, Margaret Paraskos will also be taking part. She studied Fine Art at the University of Brighton and went on to do her master’s degree in Fine Art at the University of Northampton. Paraskos is predominantly a painter and has exhibited internationally.
Architect and sculptor Emilio Koutsoftides is another artist taking part. Koutsoftides received his Master of Architecture from UCA Canterbury School of Architecture. After graduating with his Bachelor from UCA in 2011 he returned to his hometown of Paphos, where he volunteered to work on the Bid Book for the City of Culture, leading to the award of the European Capital of Culture title for 2017. From 2011 to 2012 he worked for architecture firms in Cyprus and Malaysia and successfully participated in international competitions. In 2003 he acted as the representative for the skateboard community in Cyprus and in 2004 he managed to build the first skate park on the island.
Another co-organiser of the exhibition who will also be showcasing his work is Alexander Marescu. From Romania, Marescu has been fascinated with drawing and painting from an early age. Over the years, he has found his own artistic style and after studying in Romania, he came over to Cyprus where he has exhibited his work in a number of exhibitions.
British artist Mike Gorman will also be taking part. Gorman studied at Newcastle-on-Tyne University where one of his tutors was British Pop Artist Richard Hamilton. He began working with the Treadwell Gallery in 1968 and had his first solo exhibition with the Gallery in 1972. Some of his work can be found at the Durer Museum, the Royal Albert Museum, and in the Heineken Collection in Holland.
The exhibition will open on Saturday at 8pm.
The Space Art for Charity
Group exhibition. December 3-17. The Annabelle Hotel, Paphos. Tel: 99-254491