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From the left: Sjur Larsen, Ambassador to Cyprus, Rita Severis, project promotor and Ingrid Schulerud, Ambassador to the EEA and Norway Grants at the building site 24 February 2014.

Opening of the Centre for Visual Arts and Research

The Centre for Visual Arts and Research in Nicosia will house an art gallery, a research centre and a museum, and aims to help the reconciliation process on the island and boost development in an area in need of regeneration.

From its location on Ermou Street, which is the road that splits the Capital into two parts, the Centre will serve as a platform for exchange between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities, and involve non-governmental organisations and leading local and international academic institutions. The project’s ambition is also to create jobs, give people access to culture, offer tourists a new and more complete view on Cyprus and its history and contribute to the further rehabilitation and revitalisation of Ermou and the streets around.

Furthermore, the centre will aim to help the process of reconciliation between the two communities. Through an open approach, the Centre will contribute towards the efforts of building peace and reconciliation, and promote mutual understanding by involving the communities in cultural and educational activities.

The project promoter of the Centre for Visual Arts and Research is the Costas & Rita Severis Foundation.

The project is co-financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants.  

Read more about the EEA programme in Cyprus here

Read more about the project here