Female Artists Cyprus

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A spectacular two-day display by Female Artists February 24, 2011

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In Honour of International Women’s Day on 8th March

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th March 3-8pm Pantheon Gallery Nicosia “House of Larimeloon”

Evagorou Avenue 40, Pantheon Building 1st floor, Nicosia. Tel: 22670843 www.pantheonculture.org

A stunning two-day display by female artists will be held at the Pantheon Gallery “House of Larimeloon” on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 3-8pm.

Fine works created by female artists and artisans will be on display in honour of the  International Women’s Day on 8th March.

This truly International event will embrace female led creativity from not only Cyprus but artists from all over the world. The exhibition will reflect the creative talents of those women who have worked in Cyprus on both commercial and private commissions.

All work on show will be available for purchase, exquisite hand-made jewellery, cards, gifts, paintings, amazing dolls and fashion accessories, with new collections first on show to the public.

FITA – acts as an agent for women and provides them with appropriate platforms to market their works. It also assists with targeting via the worldwide web, through a direct blogging, news, sourcing and tracking system to link up with other like minded, talented women. 

FITA’s objective is to attract female artists, designers, singers, musicians, poets etc building a membership of creative talents amongst women Internationally.

Portfolios of our artists work, future FITA Expos and Events plus contact details are available via:-www.femaleartistscyprus.com or find us at Females In The Arts Cyprus Face book

Details of FITA Membership and press information contact 99987672


The ‘Vintage Treasure Collection’ Showday! January 24, 2011

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By Jo Katsaras @ The H.Art   Centre, 17A Digeni Akrita, Ayias Trias, Limassol

You are cordially invited to the first ever ‘Vintage Treasure Collection’ Showday which will take place at the H.Art Centre in Limassol on Saturday, 29th of January 2011, between 11am till 7pm.

World renowned and multi-award winning film costume designer, Jo Katsaras has personally hand selected a range of absolutely exquisite evening wear, day wear and gorgeous accessories from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to present at the ‘Vintage Treasure Collection’ Showday.

Jo stumbled upon this treasure find whilst on a location shoot recently, whilst preparing the costumes for the latest movie she designed. To her amazement, the vintage clothing was brand new and had never been worn. Hence the name, ‘Vintage Treasure Collection’.

Jo has dressed many Hollywood celebrities, cleverly combining vintage with contemporary fashion and is renowned for her use of colour, style and texture.

In 2009 Jo was nominated for an Emmy award for ‘Outstanding Costumes for a Series’ for her collaboration with award winner director Anthony Minghella in the blockbuster series ‘The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’ starring Actress/singer Jill Scott. In February 2010 she was nominated by the Costume Designers Guild of America for ‘Outstanding Contemporary Costumes’ and in April the same year was winner of the Madame Figaro for ‘Woman of the Year’ award in the CREATIVE category.

Jo would love you to join her at the ‘Vintage Treasure Collection’ Showday for a Champagne Brunch at 11am, or simply to browse at your own leisure, get inspired by a by gone era, try on and even purchase some of the most exquisite and unique pieces on show! Champagne will be served all day!

Jo will be present to help style you and advise how you can wear vintage clothing.

Come along and take advantage of the professional eyes that have dressed the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson, Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Patrick Bergin, Michael Douglas, Val Kilmner, Hayden Paniettierre, Casper Van Dien, Virginia Madsen, Idris Alba, David Oyelowa, CCH Pounder, Diane Kruger and many others… for more information on Jo Katsaras please visit www.jokatsaras.com

Personal appointments will be made for Monday 31st of January and Tuesday the 1st of February.

The show will be on until Saturday the 5th of February from 9am till 5pm (Monday to Friday) and 10am till 7pm on Saturday the 5th of February.

Please contact Jo directly on 96446942 or jo@jokatsaras.com

For Press and info please visit http://www.fluffyfish.net


Interesting Facts about Vintage clothing
It’s Unique: most items were custom made, and others were manufactured in small quantities only.

– Good quality: they were designed to be worn for years and passed on to other family members, so they were made of robust materials, well cut and well made, with generous seam allowances and hems which allow for alterations and custom fit.

– Fine materials: many of the unusual older fabric types are no longer manufactured, or are now prohibitively expensive.

– Value for money: garments generally sell for a cost far below similar new modern garments.

– History: an appreciation of the past, the roles of previous generations and the skills of respected designers.

– Detailing: hand finishing, unusual buttons, hand embroidery, handmade lace, crochet, applique, beading and other techniques.

– Style: vintage clothing has traditionally been the favorite of creative personalities because it offers an enormously wide range of imaginative styles.

– Investment: some people buy to collect rather than to wear, and increasingly, good quality vintage garments especially items by well-known designers are sought after by collectors.

– Low Carbon Footprint: some people buy vintage clothes because it is perceived as less demanding of world resources.
Jo’s  Biography

Jo was born in Cyprus in 1966 and has been living in South Africa since she was 5 years old. Having grown up as an immigrant in the vibrant 70’s lifestyle in Johannesburg has given her rich cross-cultural influence to her work.

Her parents went back to Cyprus often and therefore her education and upbringing was further flavored with the rich Greek Cypriot culture and British schooling at The English Grammar School in Limassol. Her having travelled so much as a young child has given her a love for setting eyes on foreign lands and meeting people and an ability to go with the flow of change.

She finally completed her schooling at the Johannesburg School of Art, Ballet, Music and Drama now known as the National School of Arts.

She had been sewing since the age of 8 years old and displayed a natural talent for cutting patterns. Often she would get friends to lie down on a piece of fabric and cut around them.

After completing her schooling at the Johannesburg Art School, she seriously considered a career in architecture but decided to travel the world before furthering her studies. However her father’s insistence that she get a qualification that she could fall back on changed the course of her studies.

Taking her natural talent to the next level, Jo enrolled at fashion academy where, given her ability to draw, sew and cut patterns, she completed a three-year fashion diploma in only one year.

Returning from her travels, Jo entered the world of fashion working as a Senior Designer at a large clothing manufacturer. However, she soon discovered that her real area of interest lay in individual wardrobes. Designing unique clothes that define a character was far more challenging on a creative level than turning out mass garments.

Film was therefore a natural progression for Jo who found ultimate expression for her creativity through this medium.

She is renowned for her use of colour and texture in the costumes she designs. Her inherent understanding of the film medium led to a meteoric rise through the ranks and within eighteen months of entering the film industry, Jo tackled her first production as a head of department.

“To work on films was to enter a world of fantasy,” says Katsaras. “You are given the opportunity to create fabulous costumes for unique characters. I love the idea that one can distil an entire character into their wardrobe and the results are preserved forever on celluloid.”

Since designing her first feature, the South African blockbuster, “There’s a Zulu on My Stoep,” Jo went on to design for a number of major commercials as well as television series and feature films. Her feature credits include Jean Jacques Annaud’s “Running Wild” for Sony Pictures, Village Roadshow’s “Tarzan and the Lost City” starring Casper van Dien and Jane March, the 2001 South African box office hit “Mr Bones” starring Leon Schuster, David Ramsey and Faizon Love, the Disney IMAX feature “The Young Black Stallion” starring Biana Tamimi and Richard Romanus, John Boorman’s “Country of My Skull” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche , “Racing Stripes” starring Bruce Greenwood and Hayden Pannieterre. In 2007 she worked with award winner director, Anthony Minghella on the HBO and BBC pilot of “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” starring Jill Scott, Anika Noni-Rose, Colin Salmon, David Oyelowa and Idris Alba. In 2008 she continued what she had created on the pilot show and designed 6 more episodes.

This blockbuster hit series has brought Jo worldwide recognition and she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Costumes for a Series at the 61st Emmys in 2009. She was also invited by The Costume Designer’s Guild of America to exhibit those costumes at FIDM in Los Angeles in July of 2009 with all her fellow Emmy nominees.

In February 2010, Jo was nominated by the Costume Designer’s Guild of America for “Outstanding Contemporary Costumes”.

In April 2010, Jo received the Madame Figaro “Woman of the Year” award in Cyprus.

Jo has also designed the costumes for over 200 commercials that have graced our television screens over the years.

Jo is represented by MarshBest and Associates in Los Angeles and by Cassorrotto Marsh in the UK.


Art for human rights October 31, 2010

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Budding artists have the chance to win 200 euros in an art contest to mark World Human Rights Day on December 10.

The theme of the contest is “human rights through the eyes of youth,” and will be split into three categories – photography, art and poster.

The contest, which is organised and supported by KISA – Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism and the Turkish Cypriot Foundation for Human Rights, will be judged by a seven-person committee. The best work in each category will be awarded 200 euros. Separate prizes will be given to under 18s and those who are over 18 years of age.

Entries can be submitted in three categories:

(a) photography

(b) painting

(c) poster

Last day for applications is November 22 at 12pm. For more information click on http://humanrightsdaycyprus.wordpress.com/


Biennale de Paris October 17, 2010

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October 6th , 2010


Press Release



OCTOBER 19-25, 2010


Pioneering Artistic Creation

And Academic Specialization

The ARTos Foundation, co-organizes the XVII Paris Biennale in Nicosia with the Biennale de Paris Organization. The Biennale is sponsored mainly by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and it will take place in Nicosia in October 2010.

The previous Biennale de Paris took place in 2006-08 and happened in parallel in 22 countries.  The XVII Biennale will also follow this course over the next two years, as it travels to various cities in the world.


In the context of the XVII Biennale, will be included a Conference, Round Table Discussion and the presentation of 6 International Projects.



The Conference will take place on October 21st at the ARTos Foundation with the participation of top linguists, artists and art critics from Europe and Cyprus.  The Conference is entitled «Reinventing the Terminology of Art» and it aims at   broadening the definition of new terminologies in Contemporary Art on a theoretical, philosophical and practical level, taking into account the new tendencies that run through contemporary artistic creation.  

The Program of the conference will include speeches on the topic of the Conference, moreover there will be short presentations of the artists who will present the actions during the 17th Biennale.

The Speeches are the following:

Geneviève Breerette

Art critic.

President of the French section of the international Association of Art Critics.

Former contributor of French daily newspaper “Le Monde”.

Title of Speech: Art by terminology

Loïc Depecker



President founder of the French terminology Company.

Secretary-General of Realiter (pan Latin network in terminology),

University of  Sorbonne-nouvelle-Paris III-CRETTAL-LILLA.

Title of Speech: Terminology and reality

Jean-Baptiste Farkas


Professor at the Fine Art School in La Reunion.

Has created two identities with which he is still performing today:

Ikhéa (1998, became Ikhéa©services in 2004) and Glitch, much more

less! (2002).

Initiator of the Paris Biennale Friends Association (2006).

Title of Speech: Acting as if a different scale of values was already in place

Alexandre Gurita

Art Strategist.

Director of the Paris Biennale since 2000

Reflections associated with his practice: Art is a sufficient reason in itself

to do without it. The object of art is the modification of the idea art. Art is the art of art.

Title of Speech: The Paris Biennale: a strategy serving dissident practices in mainstream art.

Caroline Keppi-Gurita

Assistant officer at the Paris Biennale.

In charge of the project “Re/invent the terminology of art”.

Ghislain Mollet-Viéville

Art agent.

Art critic.

Art Collector.

Expert adviser, Expert with the Paris Court of justice.

Title of Speech: Art relieved of the idea of art would be quite an art

Achilleas Kentonis

Artist. Researcher

Founder and Artistic Director of the ARTos Foundation

Title of Speech: Data Cities / Meta-environments

The Conference is open to the public.

Working Languages: English / French

Hours: 17:00 – 21:00


Round Table Discussion

The Round Table Discussion will take place on October 22nd at the ARTos Foundation with the participation of the Conference participants, as well as a selected group of Cypriot artists and scientists.

The Discussion is NOT open to the public.

After the end of the Round Table Discussion, the participants of the 17th Paris Biennale will partake in the party organized at the new French Cultural Center (CCF), at Vasilissis Amaliaw 3 in Ayios Andreas, celebrating the opening of the new center.  During the event, the French choir “Odyssées” and the accordion player Nenad Bogdanovic will be making an appearance.  The CCF is one of the local partners of the 17th Paris Biennale in Nicosia.


International Projects


In the context of the creation of immaterial art, four pioneering international artists have been invited to show their work during the biennale in Nicosia.  These are:

Name of Artist Date Title Space  
Jean Baptiste Farkas 20 October IKH(S).No. 6* ARTos Foundation
Paul Robert 23 October The Runner Irene Hall, Ledras Street
Ricardo Mbarkho 20-24 October National Lebanese Tabooleh Day ARTos Foundation
Patrizio Travagli 20-25 October Talking Bulbheads Irene Hall, Ledras Street
Cyprus Project 23 October Imbalanced Echoing: Accidental private feedback   Irene Hall, Ledras Street  

Parallel events (off Biennale) will take place in Nicosia during the months of October and November, with the involvement of Cypriot artists, scientists, curators, etc.  The purpose is the promotion of Cypriot creation and to create a dynamic in Cyprus.


For more information, please visit:





The 17th Biennale De Paris in Nicosia, is supported by many local and international partners:

  • Ministry of Education and Culture (Cyprus),
  • Nicosia Municipality
  • Paris Municipality
  • Cyprus University of Technology
  • Cyprus Airways
  • Ministry of Education and Culture of France (Division of the French Language and Languages)
  • French Cultural Institute (Cyprus)
  • International Francophonie
  • International Art Critics Association

And other organizations


Charalambos and Vaso Sergiou – The Butterfly Effect July 11, 2010

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A very small change in the initial condition of a dynamic system may produce a large variation in the long term behavior of the system.” In their latest work, entitled “The Butterfly Effect”, the artist couple Charalambos and Vaso Sergiou are on a metaphysical quest. They seek to find out what is art and end up asking “what is life?” The answer they give comes through developing a theory according to which the human being is nothing more than immaterial energy.

From: Friday, July 2nd, 2010 to Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Omikron Gallery, Vasileos Pavlou 2, Nicosia, Cyprus. Phone: 22678240