15 Feb 2024



shARe museum

The Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) and the Cyprus Peace and Dialogue Centre (CPDC) extend an open call for submissions of works by artists of all disciplines to be included in the online shARe museum.

The shARe museum aspires to be an online repository of contemporary artworks by Cypriot artists and artists living and working in Cyprus.

Project concept

shARe refers to an online augmented reality (AR) museum, which will primarily act as a platform for the development and encouragement of participation by its users. The idea is not to replace an existing (art museum) structure, but to create a permanent virtual structure of a contemporary art museum, with a focus on the exchange of participants from the two main communities of Cyprus: Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and not excluding Maronites, Armenians, and Catholics.

The shARe museum will therefore consist of collections and exhibitions (as described above), whose users will be able to explore, interact with, as well as interact with each other.

More information will be announced by the CVAR in due time.

The collections of the shARe museum will include:

  • Paintings / Prints
  • Sculpture / Ceramics
  • Fashion / Costume Design
  • Performance
  • Short films
  • Photography
  • Text / Poetry
  • Music
  • Crafts Collection

The collected artworks will be presented in:

  • digital collections;
  • curated VR (thematic) exhibitions;
  • discussed in virtual parallel events; and
  • in an online discussion forum.


  • In light of Cyprus's challenging prospects, CVAR recognizes the necessity for establishing a framework to facilitate ongoing communication and foster collaborations among local artists, cultural stakeholders, and civil society.
  • shARe endeavors to sustain optimism for the reunification of the island and the harmonious coexistence of its diverse communities.
  • shARe museum is being established to facilitate dialogue and collaboration between artists from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, thereby promoting cultural exchange and understanding through an online forum, VR exhibitions, and other activities.

Who can apply: Cypriot artists living in Cyprus or abroad, and artists living and working in Cyprus

For the selection of works, a Vetting Committee, composed of five Greek Cypriot and five Turkish Cypriot members, has been established to work with the choice and presentation of the sent works. In this way, practitioners from both sides of the divide will share the space, their creativity, their information, and their interests. It will be a space for novel ways of exchanging and creating together, meeting online, and presenting their works. Following the Open Call for the submission of works the Vetting Committee will proceed with an initial selection. Additions to this selection will be done biannually.

The Open Call is addressed to Cypriot artists and creatives, and/or artists and creatives who live and work in Cyprus. In the applications, artists are asked to include:

  • Concept of / artists’ statement for the proposed work(s) to be included
  • Each application must be accompanied by a short biography of the applicant
  • Contact details (telephone number, emails, social media profiles etc);
  • Translations where texts are concerned
  • Social media profiles, websites, and any other useful links
  • Images must be submitted in JPG or PDF format
  • Any video work will be embedded from YouTube or Vimeo, therefore valid links should be included in the applications

Deadline: Friday 31 May 2024, 23:59

Proposals should be sent to with the subject line "shARe Open Call Application".

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