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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


”CHANNELING LANGUAGE” Master class led by Iman Person

”CHANNELING LANGUAGE” Master class led by Iman Person

Channeling Language Kefalonia.


TIME    :  August 16th– 30th 2018

VENUE :  Ionion Center for the Arts &Culture, Greek Island Kefalonia

ELIGIBILITY :  Visual/sound artists, designers, photographers, herbalists, performers artists, linguists, digital artists, coders, sound artists, writers, and botanists.








The project is part of the SEA(S)FORUM /GRANTS 2017 ,


‘’The Seas are vehicles for building understanding and peace between communities around the World. The Seas are a vehicle for transporting and connecting people and cultures. They allow people to experience and immerse themselves in different cultures so that we can learn from one another and learn to live with one another in peace,’’         Salma Zulfiqar




British artist and international humanitarian communications specialist, Salma Zulfiqar, will hold an exploratory creative workshop on the relationship between Migration and the SEAS.

Artists will identify strands they would like to document through art  and will be invited to create artwork in the form of paintings, films, videos or photography on the issue of  Migration and the Seas.

Participants will brainstorm and discuss current issues related to Migration and the SEAS .         What Migration means to all artists taking part and how this can be interpreted into different forms of artwork through a creative storyboarding process. The creative sessions will also explore the impact art can have in raising awareness of an issue such as migration and also how art as a whole can help build prosperous & tolerant societies around the world.

TIME : full Spring , May  3th  to 9th 2017

VENUE : Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

LOCATION : Greek Island Kefalonia

ELIGIBILITY: Open to artists & activists , all disciplines with focus to Film, Photography, Painting

DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSIONS   April 20th(deadline extended)


The program is part of the SEA(S)FORUM 2017



Day 1. The workshop will begin with an introduction and debate of how artwork has been used to discuss the issue of migration. The Participants will lay the foundations to create their own works and learn more about how art can be used to promote progress in countries .

Days 2- 3-  Exploration of the island by the participants .The participants will lay the foundations to create their own works and learn more about how art can be used to promote progress in countries . The exploration of the Island will  give the inspiration to continue working on the artwork and the SEA(S).

Days  4-5-6  The  artists are invited to create  and present artworks, past or created in the island, in the form of paintings , film or photography on the issue of Migration and the Seas.

Exhibition  & presentation of works will take place in the end of the workshop.

Artists are invited to bring their own materials.


The workshop will invite artists to explore  with each other the importance of the  relationship between  the SEAS and the creation of peaceful and prosperous societies around the world.

Salma Zulfiqar



Salma Zulfiqar’s work has been influenced by her travels around the world to countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Kenya, Cameroon, Chad, Cuba, Brazil and Barcelona. She has explored the theme of nature and climate change thorough an abstract form. Her artwork has been exhibited in London, Birmingham, Paris, Dubai and Kabul.

Salma Zulfiqar is also an advisor for communications for the United Nations


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led by  ALEX P. NORDEN.  Info:


VENUE :  Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Greek Island Kefalonia

DATES :  SESSION  1  : August 22nd  –August 27th  2017

                    SESSION  2  : August 29th – September 4th  2017

ELIGIBILITY :  Open to every interested world wide . (subject to early enrolment & formality of the process)


The Attendants of the master class will gain necessary skills for creating decorative ceramics with self-made glazes in a self-made kiln,  gas or wood fired, budget and environmentally friendly. Draw inspiration from the rich Greek ceramic heritage.

At the end of the course, students will have skills to make decorative ceramics on their own, with locally sourced materials,  adapted for wherever they live. The basis of using local materials and drawing inspiration from the surrounding environment provides ample means of self-expression and self-reliance.

Schedule and flexibility

The course takes 7 days to 14 days, depending on student interest.

If the participants would like to combine the ceramic course with other activities,  they can participate  3 days total, spread over 1 or 2 weeks.

Embracing the local Greek ceramic artists

Class activities are planned so that local Greek attendants can attend only the glaze making and firing part of the courses ( half-day instruction in the evening, 2 day weekend glaze and firing ).


Exhibition of the created ceramics will take place in the end of the class

Activities  during the class:


Greek heritage, Greek Art and the Sea, and Kefalonian heritage of ceramics. The activities can be done with guidance from the Instructor, or under self-study, depending on student schedule and interest.

The Sea 

Sami : Visit the ancient acropolis of Sami, with it’s ample ceramic tile shards, and the famous Antisamos Beach, observing ceramic remains spread on the beach.

Skala : observe the amphoras during snorkeling via boat or beach, depending on student interest ( extra activity or self-guided )

Ancient Cemeteries and castle: Visiting the ancient burial sites and reviewing the rich ceramic heritage and importance of ceramics for archaeology.

Self-study :Visit the local museums and observe the traditional farming exhibit and the ceramic items on display. Review suggested reading list at the Argostoli library.


A presentation with a brief overview of Greek ceramics is given during the first day of the class, while students are working with clay.

Students make clay items during the first 2 days of the course  for firing during last 2 days of the course

Specifics of making ceramics for rapid firing and high-stress ( clay selection, shamotte )

Glazes – making your own glazes from scratch. Iron, Ash, clays and fluxes.


Students get to:

make their own tongs for taking work out of the fire

participate in making a ceramic fiber raku ceramic kiln

learn about different methods for firing decorative ceramics – gas, wood, and open fire ( pit fire )

Fire their own items and observe different techniques for post-firing

Using locally available “trash” like fallen leaves, seaweed and wood for sustainable decoration

Ionion inspiration – Local materials

– Collecting salt infused driftwood and seaweed by the sea to affect glazes during firing

–  Local clay for some of the glazes

– Making own experimental chamotte

– Mixing clays for testing and what to look for in pre-made clays

About the Instructor Alex P. Norden


Taught through a traditional apprenticeship with Hiro Sato, Alex is a potter working globally, with a ceramic workshop in Sweden and ample years of instruction experience.

Exhibited worldwide, his work is represented internationally, including the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art ( USA ).

Alex is winner of the SEA(S)ARTS ,INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 2016 grant.

Preliminary Schedule


1 to 2 days self- study before start of course. Suggested reading list, PDF course material.

Day 1 – making ceramics, material overview

Day 2 – making glazes and kiln, firing technique theory

Day 3 – Kiln firing

4 days, Optional  Art, material and technique research and ceramics creation spanning 4 days.



 Web application:

 Email application:


In all cases is required the follow information in word document :full name of the applicant  , postal address, phone, country , email address, web site(if available), profession, discipline , short statement of the applicant no longer than 200 words , short cv no longer than 200 words.                                                                                                 In case of group  /collective project( group -school- organization) is required title of the group -school- organization, full name of the  person representing OR leading  the group  , postal address, phone, country , email address, web site(if available) of the group -school- organization  , short  statement no longer than 200 words , short cv of every group member no longer than 200 words.

Every  submission   requires an application/entry fee  of euro 30, non refundable.

Each Application toward been considered must be completed including the follow:

-Short submission notice -3 lines- in word document  addressed via email to the address

– The transfer confirm of the entry fee payment, Euro  30 for every separate application.

– CV/Biography of the participant  or CV/Biography  for each of the group members in case of group project(text  in word document non exceeding the 200 words)

– A short statement (text in word document not exceeding  the 200 words,  short description of the  expectations of the participant).

FEES (master class fees) &PAYMENT METHODS

 Fees including tuition fees, 7 days full housing accommodation and personal support  are based on the Ionion Center master classes pricing list 2017 , taxes added on the official invoices . For details  please email to :


-All the submissions/ completed participations on the program are eligible for the year Grants 2017 of the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture as follow:

  1. Grants connected to the residency of the year program : Starting from 1000 up to 30.000euro.
  2. Grants connected to the SEA(S) FORUM: Starting from 2000 up to 50.000euro per year(in case of formal participation in the SEA(S)2017).
  • All the participations will be followed by  Certificate

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