HOW DOES THE APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS WORK?
We are accepting 6/7 artists per session. A place in the Master Class may be secured by submitting the deposit of 100€ the Master Class fee. The remainder of the Master Class fee for all artists is due August 15, 2021.
WHAT DOES THE MASTER CLASS COST?
The Master Class program is € 400 for tuition
Accomodation costs 40€/night /student (only 5 rooms available)
Accomodations are located at Villa Beethoven with very comfortable apartments and a free Wi-Fi connection, and a free access to the kitchen
Excursions may be extra.
Groups trips can be organized to tour like the ancient Minoan ruins at Mochlos, visit the Florentine monastery at Toplou, hike across the Thripti mountain range…..
Swim in the blue green waters of the Libyan see is totally free !
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RESIDENCY FEE?
Artists in residence are responsible for organizing their own air, sea or land transportation to and from Agios Ioannis. Individual transportation can be coordinated through bus or taxi service with other residents arriving or departing at similar times, and car rental is also possible from the airport. We can provide advice and recommendations if requested. Residents should budget in spending money for souvenirs as well as for late night bottles of wine on the terrace.
HOW DO I GET TO AGIOS IOANNIS VILLAGE?
The major airport in Crete is in Heraklion. The KTEL bus station is a short walk after you pass through customs and exit the airport, near the car rental zone. The busses to Ierapetra, the largest town near the Residency, are € 12 – you will need cash for this. The busses run approx. every 2 hours (see schedule for Heraklion – Ierapetra), starting at 7am with the last bus at 7:45 PM.
The ride to Ierapetra is about 2.5 hours by bus. We will pick you up at the Ierapetra bus stop and then drive you to the Residency village, which is about 30 minutes. Leaving Agios Ioannis is the reverse of arrival, but please keep in mind the transit time. You’ll want to make sure your return flight doesn’t leave before 11:30 am to be safe. Occasionally artists have chosen to spend a night in Heraklion before or after the residency because it allows for more flight options. The archaeological museum in Heraklion is definitely worth checking out. There’s also a taxi service, but it costs around € 120 one way to Agios Ioannis.
If you’d like to rent a car, we suggest Economy Car Rentals at the Heraklion airport. It’s not necessary, but keep in mind that there is no public transportation in the village, so once you’re there, you’re there. It’s about a 5 km hike down to the nearest beach and convenience store. If you are renting a car we will provide you with detailed driving directions to Agios Ioannis.
Another option is to fly into Athens and take the ferry to Heraklion. The airport is a little ways out of town, but cabs are cheap and the seaport at Athens is easy to navigate. You may enjoy spending a day or two in Athens to see the Acropolis, etc. Deck (lounge seating without a bunk) is 40 Euros per person, cabins start around 90 Euros per person. Minoan, Anek and Superfast run overnight ferries each evening to Crete, which may be booked ahead of time online.
CAN MY RESIDENCY FEE BE REFUNDED IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?
The deposit to secure a spot 100€ fee will be refunded at 50% if the artist cancels before July 15th and at 25% if the artist cancels before August 1st. The Master class fee will not be refunded after submission of the remainder on August 15th 2021.
ARE SPOUSES/SIGNIFICANT OTHERS/CHILDREN/PETS ALLOWED?
Only spouses that are participating as fellow artists-in-residents are allowed. Children are not allowed as part of the Residency. We encourage our artists to think of this as undisturbed time, a respite from daily life and an opportunity to participate fully in a new community. Pets are not allowed.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN SEPTEMBER?
The weather is typically very warm. It is not unusual for temperatures to reach 35 degrees Celcius during the day (about 85- 95 degrees Fahrenheit). It is a dry, sunny heat. The house, Villa Beethoven is , well ventilated, and equipped with a cooling floor. Nights may become cool, artists are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses, and light summer clothing as well as a warm sweater, jacket or long pants for a cool night. Hiking shoes and hiking socks are recommended, as are comfortable walking shoes, and sandals for the beach.
HOW FAR IS THE VILLAGE FROM THE BEACH?
The village is 9 km up a steep, winding mountain road from the coast. It is not practical to walk, but there are several planned excursions, and more often unplanned excursions, to the beach during the course of the Residency.
SHOULD I RENT A CAR?
You should rent a car if you plan on doing much of your work outside of the village, along the coast or exploring the countryside. Cars can be rented at the Heraklion airport or seaport, and are typically very cheap for manual transmission economy cars.
We have 2 cars in house to go swimming ,shopping and clubbing!
ARE THERE ANY STORES OR SUPERMARKETS IN THE VILLAGE?
There are no stores or supermarkets in the village. The nearest supermarket is in the town of Ierapetra. When you first arrive you will have the opportunity to buy groceries, there will also be several opportunities to request grocery items on house supply runs during the course of the Residency.
WHAT ABOUT MY DIETARY ?
A beautiful kitchen fully equiped for cooking is at your convenience at Villa Beethoven.
IS THE VILLAGE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?
It is not handicap accessible. It is a 600 years old village built on the side of a mountain in rural Crete, and there are many steps and stairs throughout.