at Nilgün Güney’s Art Studio at the ‘Witches‘ Cauldron’
By Heidi Trautmann
You don’t know the ‘Witches Cauldron’? It is a cozy
place full of witches hanging around, cats looking at you out of green eyes, a
place in the old Arabahmet Quarter where you can meet with Nicosia’s artistic
people, painters, writers and poets and where music is made. It is the Studio
Café run by the artist Nilgün Güney and her son Ateş Kozal, also an artist and
On the second floor Nilgün Güney has her art studio where
she teaches her art students.
Now from Dec 4 until Dec 31 she and her students will
show their work ‘Small Things’ which turn around Nicosia.
Nilgün is the founder of EMAA, the European
Mediterranean Art Association, and also the daughter of the first Turkish
Cypriot painter and art teacher in the understanding of Western art, Ismet V.
Güney, after whom an Art Centre is named. He is also the creator of the Cypriot
flag which you see flying in the southern part of the island since 1960
together with the Greek flag.
Nilgün Güney - I call her the mother of the art scene
- had started to gather around her the young artists and when the gates between
the two parts of the island opened in 2003, she organised in her function as
president of EMAA, first encounters with the artists in the south, bicommunal
events, workshops and exhibitions. I have accompanied them on such occasions
and taken part myself, an exciting time it was.
Artists still come to
her place and seek her advice, there at the ‘Witches Cauldron’. It is in
Tanzimut Sokak, No 77, opposite Ledra Palace, on the other side of the maut