A 3-month artist residency to function as a pillar of sustainable development

September – November 2017


Pafos, a city in the southwest of Cyprus, will be an European Capital of Culture in 2017. The central concept of the Pafos 2017 programme (summarised in the motto “Open Air Factory”) acknowledges that there is a necessity for a new openness in our way of thinking, living and acting so that we may reconnect spaces and people. The motto of Pafos 2017 also expresses the need for linking and bridging the differences between Pafos’ various groups of citizens.

Pafos is placed under the dilemma of reconciling its needs for economical development – expressed through ambitious tourism plans, and the protection of its unique natural and cultural assets.

Eco Art (part of Pafos 2017 official programme) is “a project that fosters and empowers the philosophy of the Open Air Factory. Akamas natural areas and communities will host the participating artists and bring their art into the open and small villages, making possible a cultural dialogue between public and artists. Artists from Cyprus and Europe will be invited to Akamas, Paphos to produce land and environmental site-specific works which will be exhibited in the Akamas area”.

Under the Eco Art umbrella, TCAF artist residency aims to contribute to the development of “environmental education programs about the environmental values of Akamas peninsula”.

In particular, the residency aims to develop the creative skills of a group of young adults in Pafos by having an artist work with them for three months on a project connecting art and sustainability, accompanied by an anthropologist or a social scientist. This will contribute to strengthening their awareness of the potential of the environment to contribute to the local economy (one of the goals of Eco Art).

At the same time, developing the creative skills of the group of students (an increasingly important soft skill) will strengthen these young adults’s potential contribution to the economy of Pafos in the future.

The social scientist/anthropologist accompanying the residency will report on any changes to the students’ creative skills and, if applicable, to subsequent changes in the local community.

The plan is for this international artist residency to serve in the future as an engagement blueprint to be replicated in similar contexts facing eco-development challenges in other parts of the world.

This project is developed in junction with a 2-day cross-sectorial workshop.

For any information (open call, sponsorship opportunities, volunteering…), please contact us here.