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Helios Elemental, Master class led by Enrique Verdugo

Helios Elemental, Master class led by Enrique Verdugo

H e l i o s E l e m e n t a l

”life is film and film photography…”

A full week Helios Elemental Black & White Photography master class
Venue : Ionion Center for the arts & Culture, Greek Island Kefalonia.

Session 1. July 20th-27th 2023
Session 2. September 20th -26th 2023

Helios Elemental program is hosted by The Ionion Center for the Arts & Culture and connected to the ”Timeless Light” Symposium.

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Collaboration, Social Justice, and Professional Empowerment: A Multi-Genre Workshop Led by Kristina Marie Darling

Collaboration, Social Justice, and Professional Empowerment: A Multi-Genre Workshop
Led by Kristina Marie Darling

The program is part of the POETRY – LITERATURE 21st CENTURY,applies under the 2023 International Program of the Ionion Center for the Arts & Culture
Program Overview:
Collaborations inevitably lead creative practitioners to reflect on their own voice, aesthetic choices, and their subject position, expanding one’s sense of what is possible in one’s own projects, even when working alone. Set in a gorgeous location in the Ionian Islands, Greece, this workshop will consider collaboration in service of social justice and professional empowerment. The program will be conducted in sites of extreme interest, such as the Medieval Castle & the Ancient Monuments as well in the Kefalonian beaches. We will place a particular emphasis on collaborating with those whose work differs significantly from one’s own in style, genre, perspective, worldview, and/or medium.


Program Dates: Tuesday, May 2nd – Wednesday May 10th 2023
Who is it for:
Creators from all the art fields with special focus to poetry in connection with various art forms. Participants are welcome either in situ or by distant participation form.

Organizer: Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture,
Location: The Greek Island Kefalonia
Deadlines for applications-Early Bird registrations: March 20th 2023
Final Deadlines for applications – registrations: April 20th 2023
Language: The program will be conducted in English. All languages are welcome.
Application: web application:
OR Email application:
Contact & Information (submissions, fees, grants info):
Program Information:

The Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling,
Guest Speakers
Poetry & Music: Dale Trumbore,
Literature & the Visual Arts: Mary-Kim Arnold,
Nick Flynn,
Hasanthika Sirisena,
Literature & Film: Chloe Honum,
Mary Kathryn Jablonski,
The Ethics of Collaboration: Carol Guess,
Oliver de la Paz,
Finding Your Community: How to Connect with Collaborators Beyond Your Chosen Discipline: Tina Cane,
John James,
Poetry as Spiritual Journey : Ioana Cosma ,
Twentieth-century American Literature; Epistolary Poetics: Nicholas Skaldetvind,
Day One: Welcome & Celebration
Readings & Performances on the beach, Welcome Dinner
Day Two: Poetry & Music, Poetry as Spiritual Journey
Guest Speakers: Composer Dale Trumbore, Ioana Cosma
Day Three: Literature & The Visual Arts
Guest Speakers: Nick Flynn, Mary-Kim Arnold, Hasanthika Sirisena, Nicholas Skaldetvind,
Day Four: Literature & Film
Guest Speakers: Mary Kathryn Jablonski & Chloe Honum
Day Five: Finding Your Community: How to Connect with Collaborators Beyond Your Chosen Discipline: Guest Speakers: Tina Cane & John James
Day Six: The Ethics of Collaboration . Guest Speakers: Carol Guess & Oliver de la Paz
Day Seven: Celebration & Farewell
Readings & Performances in the Caves
Farewell Dinner
Poetry & Star Gazing

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture,,


Helios the Elemental,Photography master class Led by Enrique Verdugo

Helios the Elemental

Photography master class,Led by Enrique Verdugo


Fundaments of analogue photography • Introduction to the analogue camera • Exposure and taking light readings • Shutter speed settings and movement • Apertures (f-stops) and depth of field • Creative approaches to photographing different subjects • Shoot black-and-white film (ISO. ASA) • Composition and lighting.

Introduction to basic darkroom skills:• Processing film from the previous days, making a contact sheet • Preparing and mixing developers, temperature versus timing • Washing and drying  • Analysing negatives in the light box • The equipment and how it works.

Making prints: • introduction to how enlarger work • Negatives papers and filter grade • Timing • Making first print test and visualizing final print • Dodging and burning.

Exhibiting at the Ionion Center

Venue : Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture & sites in the island of Kefalonia.

Dates  Session 1:      September 7th – 13th 2020

               Session 2:       September 15th – 21st 2020

Location: Greece,   Island Kefalonia.

Opening date for applications: June1st 2020

Deadline for applications:  July15th, 2020

Deadline for completion of submissions/final participations: August 5th  2020

Eligibility : Open to all and to  Photography and film interested

Application by e-mail :    /or/

Academic support :

Information, terms, conditions, fees :

Side activities: Exploration of  Kefalonia’s lights and surrounds, included natural formations, sites of interest, beaches, museums, traditional dancing nights and events.                                                master-classes.

The program will be advanced in collaboration with the ECOTRAVEL KEFALONIA :

About Enrique Verdugo:

Enrique Verdugo is a photographer and filmmaker who lives and works in London. He was born in Santiago de Chile.

He holds a degree in Photography from Arcos Institute in Santiago de Chile and a Masters degree in Film Making from Kingston University in the UK.

Enrique is a freelancer and works with editorial, and architectural practices. His work includes a variety of commissions as well as creative educational projects. He collaborates with diverse artists, as well as on his own projects.

His work in photography and film is mainly on location. Subjects vary

from abandoned architecture and industrial spaces such as in his series ‘Echoes and Deserts’, to experimentation in portraying ‘time and motion’ using the human body as a canvas in his ‘Body and Flux’ series.

Enrique was shortlisted for the ‘Hariban Award’ in Japan in 2019. He is currently working on two self publishing projects, as well as producing a feature length documentary film about water and politics in his native Chile.

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SOS paradise calling! Masterclass led by Victoria Vesna & Haytham Nawar

SOS paradise calling!     

  Masterclass led by Victoria Vesna & Haytham Nawar 


Who can go to vacation in paradise and ignore all the suffering going on above and below the earth, the water and the skies?

Meet a group of renowned artists and scientists to explore, learn think about the planet and come up with creative ways to address the urgent calls from people, animals and the invisible world.

Experience the gorgeous, mythical environment through field trips, lectures, workshops through hands on collaborative projects considering the myriad points of view.

Explore the mountains, gullies, lakes and the Ionian Sea.

SEE from a different perspective the planktons and micro-plastics.

HEAR the sounds of birds, the winds of change and the underwater noise pollution.

FEEL the air and get closer to your intuitive sensing.

TASTE the sea and the food that we will cook together and eat in community.


VICTORIA VESNA, Ph.D.:Artist, Professor, Design Media Arts, founder and Director of UCLA Art Sci center, Visiting Professor at Empowerment Informatics Program, University of Tsukuba, Japan and Interface Cultures, University of Linz, Austria. Active since the early 1980s, she created early Internet art works and developed many projects in long term collaborations with scientists.


HAYTHAM NAWAR, Ph.D:Artist, designer, researcher, Assistant Professor and Director of the Graphic Design program, Department of the Arts at the American University in Cairo. Founder and Director of the Cairotronica, Cairo Electronic, and New Media Arts Festival.


Dates              July 14-28, 2020 (due to the pandemic new dates will be determined and announced)

Location         Kefalonia Island, Greece

Venue             Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

Deadline for applications:

Capacity         16 participants



Artists from all disciplines, scientists, researchers, philosophers, environmentalists, Minds seeking deeper meaning and connection between Creative Practice, Life and the World.


If interested to know more details on general info, terms, conditions, fees, documentation, personal support, kindly email:  OR


The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture operates in a Global environment in the fields of Higher Education, Arts and Research. The International Strategy of the Institution in accordance to its Establishment Act, is embracing the Globalization needs of the Academic and Art’s World. Knowledge, Academic Research and Innovation in across borders model constitutes the core program of the Institution.

Come to Create, Present, Perform