The opening of the temporary art exhibition “In the colours of the Castle” was implemented on Friday, August 12, 2022, at Chlemoutsi Castle, with great success within the programme “Coastal Cultural Heritage Network – CoHeN”, in which the Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia participates with the project “Consolidation, restoration and enhancement of hall A3 of Chlemoutsi castle”.
On the one hand, this artistic activity aims to promote and valorise the Adriatic-Ionian Coastal Route, of which the Chlemoutsi castle constitutes a landmark, and on the other hand, to promote the monument as a place of culture, entertainment, and artistic creation, “open” to the public, attributing it as a social good that contributes to economic development and improves the quality of life.
The exhibition, the fruit of a collaboration between the Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia and the visual artists Katerina Andreou and Eleni Stathopoulou and the participation of students aged 9-15, includes children’s creations inspired by the Chlemoutsi castle and the exhibits of its museum. For their creation, artistic workshops were implemented at Chlemoutsi castle with the children’s participation under the visual artist’s guidance, preceded by their experiential acquaintance with the monument.
The works on display are a “conversation” of the students with the monument and the exhibits. Each student, using different styles, techniques, and materials, submitted their interpretation, thus acting as a communication bridge between the past and the present and as a mediator with the general public for its acquaintance with the place’s history.
The exhibition will run from August 12 to October 31, 2022, and the entrance for the public will be free during the opening days and hours of Chlemoutsi Castle.
The general supervision and coordination of the exhibition are under Athanasia Ralli, deputy director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia. The exhibition’s design was carried out by Parthenopi Chrysanthopoulou, architect-engineer, while the museographic supervision belongs to Chara Papachristopoulou, archaeologist-museologist. Administrative – financial support: Pigi Kallinikou.
Exhibition duration: 12.08.2022 – 31.10.2022, during the opening days and hours of Chlemoutsi Castle (Wednesday – Monday 08:30–15:30, Tuesday closed)