Descover Hydra Artists Residency

Dates: 1st – 21st September 2020


Descover Hydra is a residency that aims to push the boundaries of what we know, bring inspiration and create a discussion around art through cultural immersion. This three-week residency, situated on the Greek island of Hydra, focuses on what the power of collaboration and community can create. All artistic disciplines are welcome and a community is built, where people can live and work together, not only sharing their knowledge but also gaining from others. Descoverartists creates a “home” for all artists where they can be inspired and focus on their art. The retreat aspires to become a friendly creative platform where people can coalesce as creatives to collaborate, create and inspire.

The main aim of the retreat is collaboration. Every member of the group will have the right to propose ideas and give feedback with regular group meetings and presentations in order to share their creative process in a flexible environment. Descoverartists provides a host of varying spaces and will be hosted in the Oikonomou House, a 250-year-old mansion on the hillside of Hydra. This provides both indoor and outdoor areas, to offer a dynamic, collaborative space that is accessible and inspiring to all. The extensiveness of the house provides the opportunity to not only allow people to share their spaces and work together but also to allow for seclusion and meditation to maximise creativity output.

DescoverArtists Hydra Artists Residency on Hydra Island Greece September 2020. Oiconnomou House
DescoverArtists Hydra Artists Residency on Hydra Island Greece September 2020. Accommodation

Apart from accommodation, the retreat includes workshops curated by experienced experts such as museum directors, successful artists, gallery owners, and other mentors that can provide valuable insights and knowledge. Descover also provides stimulating experiences that will keep the artists physically and mentally active like group exercises and nature excursions and will also give back to the community of the island by participating in restoration and sustainability projects in the local Greek community.

Hydra has historically been a hub for artists with painters, photographers, musicians, and sculptures congregating there for decades, making it the perfect place to network and be surrounded by fellow artists. It is a small island in Greece overlooking the Argosaronic gulf with a population of just 2000 people. It is mostly known for its rich artistic history, calm atmosphere, and breath-taking scenery and is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in Greece and the destination for artists and seekers of romance and beauty. The island is famous for having no vehicles, so the only transport is by donkey, sea taxis, or on foot. There are several hikes with stunning views over the island, as well as a selection of beaches with crystal clear waters and a general laid back atmosphere making it the perfect island retreat.

The residency will be held between 1st – 21st September 2020 and will cost €2100. This will include accommodation, workshops, and lectures from professional artists, team activities such a boat trips and outdoor cinema screenings and also return tickets to the island from Athens.

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