December 6, 2022

By Heidi Trautmann………

23rd November to 2nd December:  The Touch of Paper – Symposium and Exhibition at Ismet Vehit Güney Art Centre Nicosia

On the occasion of the 1st Anniversary of the KKSD/ACPA / Association of Cyprus Paper Artists

Paper Art is has become a very successful trend in the international art scene and is being more and more recognized in the form of associations, museums, workshops and exhibitions. What exactly is behind it may many wonder. The Association of Cyprus Paper Artists is about to give an introduction to Paper Art, its history and presence of today and tomorrow, in the form of a symposium and exhibition on the occasion of the association’s first anniversary and the 30th anniversary of IAPMA the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists.  Members of IAPMA as well as of the Turkish sister association KSD, and members from Amateras Foundation (Bulgaria) will be taking part.

Especially for this event a “Post Card Project” was created;  congratulatory artistic post cards, sent by 65 IAPMA members will also be exhibited.


Paper artists have been present in Cyprus for many years, a handful only, but are growing in members since the founding of the association. The first local paper artists became members of IAPMA and have been taking part in worldwide events; I have been reporting on them regularly from the very beginning in the local media and on my website, and their stories are included in my book ‘Art and Creativity in North Cyprus’.  I had the pleasure to meet many international paper artists on IAPMA’s 25th anniversary with a weeklong symposium and exhibition at the Near East University, and they came visiting to our garden in Yeşiltepe where they found many new plants for new paper experiments.

The basic idea is to produce your own paper from what nature gives you, but also to recycle paper that floods our homes. The many ways artists use such paper to make their art are far reaching and I often was amazed at ever new forms and ideas.

Our local Association of Cyprus Paper Artists Association have the aim to introduce and promulgate Paper Art to the public by disseminating information and knowledge by means of various activities; also to educate and demonstrate the many possibilities of the medium paper; to work together with local and international artists and to learn from each other and thus recognize our cultural diversities and riches under the peaceful roof of art.

The participants of the exhibition are listed by clicking here and include local and some well-known paper artists from Turkey and abroad.

We will be remembering our honorary member Assistant Professor, Dr Atila Türk, who has recently passed away, by exhibiting one of his works.

The following symposiums will be held starting at 15.30 hrs:

Prof. Dr. Hakan Pehlivan (President, KSD) with Prof. Dr. Nur Gökbulut:“The Art of Cutting Paper”.

Daniela Todorova, (Curator and  Art Consultant to the Amateras Foundation, Bulgaria):  “Innovations in Paper Art, Contemporary Forms”.

Todor Todorov, (President and founder member of the Amateras Foundation):“Elemental Sculpture, Theory and Practice”.

Read more about IAPMA  click here

About ‘Paper Global 3’ in Deggendorf:  click here

About the first symposium and exhibition of the local Association of Cyprus Paper Artists:  click here

About the Paper Art Project in Aix-en-Provence:  click here

And much more information you will find when you search.

Widen your knowledge and come to the event on 23 November 2016 at the Ismet Vehit Güney Art Centre starting at 15.30 hrs with a symposium, followed by the exhibition.

The exhibition will be open until 02 December and viewing times are from 9.00 – 15.30 hrs Saturday: 9:00 – 13:30 hrs

To view my website  –


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