How does the application and selection process work?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis in three rounds or until all available Residency spots are filled in both sessions. We are accepting 14 artists for each session. A place in the Residency may be secured by submitting the deposit of half the Residency fee. The number of accepted applicants in the second and third rounds will depend on the number of available spots after the first round’s artists have confirmed their spots. The remainder of the Residency fee for all artists is due May 15, 2019.
Artists are selected by the Residency committee, which includes the Board of Directors and a guest curator. Each member of the committee has an equal vote. The application process is free and open to all, but incomplete applications will not be considered.
What does the residency cost?
The Residency fee is €2100, payable through two installations, a 35% deposit and the remainder. This includes food, lodging and work space, based on the artist’s discipline, for the entire 2 week duration. Certain excursions and workshops may be extra. The artist will be asked to make excursion and workshop choices in advance, and these will be added to the artist's final invoice. See our page for more information on excursions and workshops.
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, as well as the transportation of their artwork at the conclusion of the Residency. 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. The Mudhouse 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 the residency?
The major airport in Crete is in Heraklion. The KTEL bus station is a short walk after you pass thru 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 the Mudhouse 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 11:30am to be safe. Occasionally artists have chosen to spend a night in Heraklion before or after the 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 per person, cabins start around €90 per person. Minoan, Anek and Superfast run overnight ferries each evening to Crete, which may be booked ahead of time online.
What is the housing like?
The accommodations for each artist include a private bedroom, either a private bath, or a bath shared with one other artist, and a kitchen shared with the house. All of the accommodations in the village are unique, as they are the guest homes of the village’s residents. This includes everything from a one bedroom house to a five story, five bedroom home with a concert hall inside. Room assignments are at the discretion of the directors, with attention paid to the artist’s discipline. Studio artists are housed close to the studio, writers are housed in accommodations with private work space, etc. To see some images of the accommodations we have used in the past, look at our photos page.
Does the Mudhouse offer any Funding?
The Mudhouse Residency does not offer funding at this time. We are happy to provide a letter of acceptance for the artist, as well as provide links to resources that may be available to the artist. Please see our page on funding.
Are there art supply stores nearby?
There are no art supply stores in the village. The nearest town, Ierapetra, has a print and stationary store, with a small cache of elementary art supplies. Artists are encouraged to bring supplies with them. It is very difficult to mail supplies to Greece, so please plan to pack what you will be using. The Mudhouse has easels, tables, chairs, drawing boards, newsprint, lightweight drawing paper, a collection of pencils, pens and charcoal, odorless turpentine, jars, rags and palette paper. Printmaking supplies will be provided for printmaking workshops.
Can my residency fee be refunded if I have to cancel?
The deposit to secure a spot (35% of the residency fee) will be refunded at 75% if the artist cancels before January 15 and at 50% if the artist cancels before April 30. The Residency fee will not be refunded after submission of the remainder on May 15. Artists who do not cancel before April 30, and do not submit the remainder of the fee by May 15, forfeit their deposit and their spot in the Residency.
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 June and July?
The weather is typically very warm. It is not unusual for temperatures to reach 40 degrees Celcius (or higher) during the day (about 95- 100 degrees Fahrenheit). It is a dry, sunny heat. The Studio building is covered, well ventilated, and equipped with fans. There are very few buildings with air conditioning in the village, but many of the residences are built with thick adobe-like walls that keep the rooms inside cool. Nights may become very 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.
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 Mudhouse supply runs during the course of the Residency.
What about my dietary restrictions?
The Mudhouse provides a light breakfast, and lunch and dinner is served at the Kafenio. All allergies and dietary restrictions we are made aware of on the artist’s application will be adhered to.
Is the village handicap accessible?
It is not handicap accessible. It is a 600 year old village built on the side of a mountain in rural Crete, and there are many steps and stairs throughout.