This weekend there is the chance to catch the final two days of the 33rd annual exhibition of work by artists and students at the Cyprus College of Art in Lemba.
This year, the show will be especially poignant as it is dedicated to the memory of school founder, Dr Stass Paraskos who passed away earlier this year. The title of the group exhibition is “Painting the Clouds with the Sun”.
“The show will include work by Scottish artist, Rosie Roberts who trained at Glasgow School of Art in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking and seeks to criticise societal structures in a way which is engaging and humorous.
“Investigating animal symbolism in order to explore themes of human insecurity, ancestry, and nationality is the focus of oil painter, Ryan Hatfield’s work, also featured in the exhibition,” school tutor and spokesperson, Margaret Paraskos told The Cyprus Weekly.
“Another painter from this year’s student body is Irish-born Dervla O’Flaherty, primarily an artist whose work revolves around ideas of space and place inspired by mythology. There will also be two new young artists in the show who recently arrived at the school; artists Tom Levi and Jake Kerray.”
The college, located in Lemba, is a piece of art in itself. Surrounding the premises is what has been nicknamed The Great Wall of Lemba, a wall resembling a surreal piece of sculpture decorated with work that artists have left over the decades since the college was opened in 1969 by Stass Paraskos.
In addition to its post-graduate programme, the college runs studios for visiting artists.
As of next month, the establishment has decided to promote the facilities as ‘a studio space for artists’ rather than a college although it will maintain the name.
Meanwhile, following the death of Paraskos at his home in March in Paphos, there will be a celebration of his life at the APT Gallery, in Deptford, London next weekend.
Paraskos was a well-respected figure in the British art world and his role in teaching several generations of artists at Leeds College of Art, Leicester College of Art (De Montfort University) and Canterbury College of Art (University for Creative Arts) is immense.
He remains the only Cypriot artist to have work in London’s Tate Gallery and he has work in the collections of the Arts Council of England, the University of Leeds Collection, Leeds City Art Gallery and numerous other collections around the world.
He also has the distinction of being the last artist in England to be prosecuted, at a trial held in Leeds in 1966, for obscenity under the Vagrancy Act of 1838, the same law that was used against D.H. Lawrence.
The end-of-year exhibition will feature work in a variety of mediums. “Painting the Clouds with the Sun” will run until Sunday, May 18 at the Cyprus College of Art, 6 Eleftherias Street, Lemba.
Open 10am – 5pm daily. For further information contact Margaret on 99452757.