Contemporary art and tradition

‘Mind - be here, present / be here now’




Kingshill House, located in Dursley, Gloucestershire, is seeking submissions for our first exhibition of 2022, entitled ‘Mind - be here, present / be here now’, opening 26th February.  

For this exhibition we are interested in exploring the importance of the Mind in a creative practice and the challenges of being present. Kingshill House is a vibrant arts and crafts space. We are champions of what we call the lost craft, and we specialise in delivering workshops, courses and exhibitions which inspire and educate people on contemporary, traditional and folk crafts. We welcome all types of work, especially those that address contemporary issues and concerns, use traditional materials in unusual ways, explore non-traditional processes, and/or challenge our community’s point of view.  

After several years of a world pandemic, we want to see where your mind has taken you in your practice. Is it a form of escapism, a little breathing space to relax, get out of your own head & pursue a mindful experience? How important is it to ‘be here, present/be here now’? Is it more important to you than ever before to find space for your creativity, exploring an escapism through art and craft or does your artwork need to be created in the present mind? We are looking to exhibit works which explore these ideas along with a sense of mindfulness; being intensely aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment. Does creating work become a habit that distracts you from the confines of your mind? Mindfulness and Escapism are seen as opposites and equals at the same time, and we welcome works of all styles of art and craft work including handicrafts, outsider art but also objects, painting, tapestry, ceramics, sculpture, photography, video and installation works.  

This exhibition will be co-curated by Georgie White Winter of Kingshill House and Stroud based artist Athene Grieg. 

Kingshill House is passionate to share and support art, craft, health and wellbeing with the community. We believe that art and craft is for everyone, and Kingshill House is a safe space that anyone can come, be creative, enjoy themselves, relax and take their minds off things. We provide an extensive programme of workshops, courses, drop-in classes and exhibitions.  


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Intensive 4-day virtual residency + workshop + public presentation for visual, multimedia and interdisciplinary artists, jewellery and fashion designers who work - or want to work - with textile art, story telling, mythology, performance


Helen, the mythical queen of Sparta, causes a merciless war after she falls in love with the enemy.

The "Helen of Sparta" eResidency aims at inspiring eight artists/writers/performers to develop their own updated version of the ancient Greek myth. The intensive four-day program addresses issues, such as misogyny, abuse, manipulation, fake news, armed conflict. The eResidents' work will be presented live online, in a video and an e-publication.


The eResidency program "Helen of Sparta" ambitions to introduce artists into the tradition of Greek art and culture, with a strong focus on narrative, Greek mythology, textile art, dress culture, women's history, performance and design.


The idea of the eResidency program reflects the tradition of 18th and 19th century travelers in Greece whose impressions greatly influenced artists and intellectuals in their own countries. Johann Joachim Winckelmann, archaeologist and founder of the Art History discipline, for example, never visited Greece, but developed his approach based on what he had read or heard from travelers. German poets Goethe and Hölderlin found inspiration in Greek antiquity without ever having visited the country. The rediscovery of "Greek aesthetics" in art, architecture and fashion, and the revival of  democracy in the age of enlightenment was more a product of imagination than of physical presence.


Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the intensive workshop takes place exclusively online, including tele conference, live streaming, customized exercises and individual advice. The tightly scheduled monitoring and coaching program consists of lectures, slideshows and videos, visual notes, group meetings and personal chat.


Participants of the "Helen of Sparta" eResidency have the option to visit Greece (Athens or Arcadia/Peloponnes) in Summer/Fall 2021.




Developing a narrative and a story board, a performance concept and a choreography or an action script for an easy-to-do-it-yourself video is the feasible outcome of the workshop.  

Participants develop the concept, write the script, shoot and cut their video, even without prior knowledge or experience.

Participants’ videos will be published online and shared via the social media.

Text and photographic material will be published in SMCK Magazine ( A live streaming presentation of participants' work will also be scheduled instead of the usual (physical) exhibition opening.


Total of hours (Workshops/coaching):


• Workshop (21 hours)

• Performance:  8 hours

• From Greek mythology to narrative: 4 hours

• Video scenario: 3 hours

• Easy video techniques: 2 hours

• From Greek crafts (textile, jewellery, ceramics) to contemporary design: 2 hours

• Objects as performance inspiration: 1 hour

• Individual coaching: 2 x 30 minutes/artist.

• Homework required: 3 hours/day


Each session is one hour maximum with intermissions in between.


Reference: A similar eResidency - Helen's Dress - exclusively designed for and funded by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, was realized by FaveLAB's Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards in June 2020.


For project documentation, please see:

Helen's Dress filpbook

Article on Klimt02

Vamvakou Revival Homepage



Duration of residency:   Four days.  The eResidency starts on Thursday morning and ends on Sunday afternoon. The eResidency dates are:  


Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 October 2020    OR   Thursday 22 - Sunday 25 October 2020


Disciplines, work equipment and assistance:  Visual artists, textile artists, jewellery artists and designers, fashion designers, writers, performers, dancers, choreographers. Daily workshops on mythology, history of culture, performance, Greek crafts, Greek traditional dress, narrative and performance guide artists to prepare their own story, performance and objects.


Accommodation / studio / workspace:   The eResidency participants stay & work in their own place. A good internet connection (tele conference, live streaming) is necessary.


Support:  We give letters of support to selected artists who wish to apply for funding. We do not provide funding.


Expectations towards the artist: Participants are asked to deliver a performance video and photo material of their work plus a short text profile (150 words). Text and pictures will be published in SM*CK Magazine.


Number of participants/eResidents:  minimum four - maximum eight artists.

Prize Summary: 
320,00 € paid by each partipant.
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The price covers the program mentioned above.

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