NeMe Arts Centre
The NeMe Arts Centre (NAC) is NeMe’s permanent physical space which aims to promote a critical and interdisciplinary approach to the arts focused on research and cultural production. We support and encourage initiatives and dialogue that involve institutions, collectives, artists, scholars from the local and international communities. NAC is a non-commercial exhibiting space. NeMe’s non-profit financial strategy relies exclusively on fund raising.
Brief description of the building
The building is typical of modern 1960s architecture in Cyprus, with balconies on the upper floors that double as shades from the intense Cyprus sun. The construction is made of reinforced concrete structure and masonry rendered terracotta bricks with rough stucco finish added in the 90s. The floors have terrazzo tiles with marble aggregate from Pentadaktylos. The structural grid is regular and NAC’s space occupies four column spans along Ellados st and one span along Enoseos st.
NAC, is favourably located in one of the main streets of Limassol’s historic city centre, across the road from Katholiki, the Limassol metropolitan church, and offers easy access to large numbers of people. It is located near to public parking spaces and the public transport routes and is easily accessible from other cities, as Ellados st is directly linked to the regional Limassol highway.
The area is inhabited by a mixed population comprising by all the economic, cultural, social, and age groups residing in Cyprus.
In its vicinity, there is a number of workshops, including a framers, glass workshops, metal workers, carpenters, electrical stores and shops offering IT support whose services can be used for exhibitions . In walking distance, are the main premises of the Cyprus University of Technology, including the Pefkios Georgiadis Auditorium, the Tassos Papadopoulos building, the University Library, the Limassol Municipal Arts Centre, the Rialto Theatre, Dance House Lemesos, the Medieval Castle district, where the Centre of Performing Arts MITOS is located, and a variety of grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs.
- To support high-quality non commercial art exhibitions and research based presentations.
- To support appropriate public dissemination of research and contemporary culture.
- To develop partnerships with other organizations, research centres and individuals.
- To further collaborations with the Cypriot and other universities.
- To support and present emerging art forms and new artists, curators and researchers.
NAC’s [New Threads] Project
[New Threads] is initiated by NeMe as a platform to invite emerging Cypriot cultural practitioners to curate low budget events.
We are witnessing young artists moving into projects and works which are directly engaging and inspiring a range of new audiences. Imaginative events which deal with new media technologies, LGBTQ rights, Feminist theory, critical theory projects and experimentation which advance the visual arts are encouraged in order to engage and empower the public to develop a new vision of Cyprus based contemporary cultural production in relation to international artist’s practice and theoretical contexts.
The aims of this project are
- To create opportunities for emerging Cypriot and International cultural practitioners to curate low budget events.
- To safeguard the future of the arts in Cyprus by providing a sustainable programme where new ideas and investigations can be developed and presented in a professional context.
- To inspire the injection of fresh ideas into the Cypriot art environment by exploring the dynamic relationship between art, contemporary life and social issues.
- To provide practical experience of the conceptual issues concerning curating as a profession including methods and decision making processes, organising / designing / installing an exhibition and the logistics/ practicalities of compiling a budget or raising alternative funding and seeking collaborations.
- To encourage the creation of a younger art audience by favouring proposals which relate directly to their concerns
Interested young artists and curators could apply to this programme using our online form.
Proposals for the NeMe Arts Centre
We welcome proposals from practising artists, scholars and curators for exhibitions, performances and research projects. We are especially interested in film, digital media experimental and emerging art forms which aims to challenge traditional borders between creative and critical practice and scholarly approaches to social change, media representation, and marginalized cultures.
Full or partially funded project proposals are evaluated by the NAC committee based on the strength of the application, suitability of the project for the NeMe Centre Arts space and the resolution of the ideas underpinning the proposal in line with the aims and objectives of NeMe. If you have a proposal for us please get in touch.
NeMe was running a free residency for artists, writers, scholars, and theorists from 2006-2020. The costs for this residency was partially funded by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture from 2007-2010. From 2011-2020, the residency costs were fully covered by the NeMe founders. The financial impact from Covid-19 in 2020, has unfortunately forced us to close this part of our programme. Through the years our residency guests included: Dr Lanfranco Aceti (IT), George Alexander (AU), James Bridle (UK), Dr Nico Carpentier (BE), Marc Garrett (UK), Ruth Catlow (UK), Marie Gaulis (CH), Nina Czegledy (US), Dr Inès Gaulis (CH), Srećko Horvat (HR), Sanela Jahić (SI), Ernest Larsen (US), Dr Marc James Léger (CA), Dr Areti Leopoulou (GR), Maya Linden (AU), Dr Garrett Lynch (IRL) (IE), Peter Lyssiotis (AU), David McMinn (AU), prof. Sherry Milner (US), Jonathan Munro (UK), prof. Sheila Pinkel (US), Ozden Sahin (TR), Dr Cayley Sorochan (CA), prof. George Tsaras (GR), Geert Vermeire (BE), Dr Iannis Zannos (GR), and others.
NAC Board of Consultants
The NeMe Arts Centre is administered by the NeMe founders Yiannis Colakides and Helene Black and its Board of Consultants:
Sheila Pinkel (US) is an emerita professor of art from Pomona College who has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over forty years. She has also curated numerous exhibitions, most recently “Refocus: Multicultural Focus” in 2011 as part of Pacific Standard Time, a compliment of exhibitions sponsored by the Getty Foundation. Her work has made visible the invisible in art and culture and has spanned subjects ranging from investigations of light phenomena to the prison industrial complex. She has been an international editor of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society of Art, Science and Technology) since 1983. She is currently a board member of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics and was their first recipient of the Hammer Award in 1996.
Dr Lanfranco Aceti (IT, UK) works as an academic, artist and curator. He is the founder and Director of OCR (Operational and Curatorial Research in Contemporary Art, Design, Science and Technology) and founder and Director of MoCC (Museum of Contemporary Cuts). He has also founded the Media Exhibition Platform (MEP) that has operated from 2010 presenting a range of international exhibitions both online and in physical spaces with an international curatoriate (Lanfranco Aceti, Vince Dziekan, Christiane Paul).
He is Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, department of Art and Computing, London; teaches Contemporary Art and Digital Culture at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul; and is Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (The MIT Press, Leonardo journal and ISAST). He was the Artistic Director and Conference Chair for ISEA2011 Istanbul and works as gallery director at Kasa Gallery in Istanbul. He has a Ph.D. from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. His work has been published in Leonardo, Routledge and Art Inquiry and his interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection between digital arts, visual culture and new media technologies.
He has worked as an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, Virtual Reality Environments at University College London. He has exhibited works at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London and done digital interventions at TATE Modern, The Venice Biennale, MoMA, Neue Nationalgalerie, the ICA and the Irish Museum of Modern Art and participated in numerous festivals and biennials.
Previously an Honorary Research Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art, Dr. Aceti has also worked as an AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, School of History of Art, Film & Visual Media and as Visiting Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Srećko Horvat (HR) is a philosopher, author and current affairs broadcaster from Croatia. His books include Attention! The Enemy is listening! (2011), After the End of History: From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement (Laika Verlag, Germany, 2013) and What Does Europe Want? (Istros Books, London, 2013) with Slavoj Žižek. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and was one of the leaders of the Subversive Festival. He is also editor-in-chief of the critical theory dossier Up & Underground and deputy editor of the journal for cultural and social issues Zarez.
Dr Iannis Zannos (GR) has a background in music composition, comparative musicology and computer music with emphasis on interactive performance. He has worked as Director of the Music Technology and Documentation section at the State Institute for Music Research ( S.I.M) in Berlin, Germany, and Research Director at the Center for Research for Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taken part at numerous international collaborative New Media Arts projects and has realized multimedia performances both alone and in cooperation with other artists. He is teaching audio and interactive media arts at the Department of Audiovisual Arts and at the postgraduate course in Arts and Technologies of Sound of the Music Department at the Ionian University, Corfu.
Dr Antonis Danos (CY) is an Assistant Professor in Art History and Theory, and the Faculty Dean at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology. He holds a PhD and an MA from the University of Essex, in Art History and Theory, and a BSc in Philosophy from Southeast Missouri State University. He has produced articles and a two-volume publication, and he has contributed texts in monographs, on Modern Greek and contemporary Cypriot art. He has curated, and edited the catalogues of exhibitions on Cypriot art. His research interests include the theories of nationalism and post-colonialism, the ideological and aesthetic construction of collective identities, Modern Greek and contemporary Cypriot art, art criticism and historiography, and issues of gender and sexuality in art.
Dr Αngeliki Gazi (GR/CY) is a psychologist. She holds a Master’s Degree and PhD on Media Psychology, on the subject of radio and Identity, from the Department of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens. Her clinical training concerned group analysis. She is a reviewer in two International Journals, a member of the International Editorial Board of the “Journal of Radio and Audio Media”, Broadcast Research Association, Routledge ed. and a member of the International Editorial Board of “The Radio Journal”, Intellect Ltd., UK. She is a founding member and former Vice Chair of the Radio Research Section of European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), a member of Scientific Committee of Groupe de Recherches et d’ Etudes sur la Radio (GRER), and a member of Hellenic Psychological Association. Her research interests include, Emotions in Media Psychology, Personal and Social Identity in Radio, T.V. and Social Media, Social Interaction, Interpersonal, Intergroup communication and Identities via Internet, Mobile phones and Locative Media.
Marios Theophilides (CY) is a lawyer. He holds an LL.B. from the University of Warwick, an LL.M. in Commercial Law from Cardiff University and an M.Sc. in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, City University. He is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association and of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
He holds an MA in History and Theory of Art from the Cyprus University of Technology and an MA in Fine Art from OCA UK. Parallel to his legal practice he has exhibited his work in Cyprus and abroad.
Elina Theodotou (CY) completed her BA Fine Arts at St Martin’s College of Art and Design, 2000 – 2003 and her MBA at the European University of Cyprus in 2005.
Elina Theodotou’s one person show, Obsessions, was presented at Morfi Gallery 2002. She has also participated in the following group shows, both in Cyprus and abroad: Extreme Light, Dino Art Café, Limassol, 2007, In Transition Russia, at the Academy of Fine Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia, November 2008 and at the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, December 2008, Isolomania, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 2008, The Nature of Landscape, Rouan Gallery, Limassol, 2010, Looking Awry, 2010. Lanitis Foundation, Limassol and Direct Observation, Rouan Gallery, Limassol, 2012.