The Centre of Visual Arts & Research (CVAR) serves as the headquarters for the Costas and Rita Severis Foundation, a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to exploring Cyprus' cultural heritage.
Located within the historical walled city of Nicosia, the CVAR is housed in a former ottoman-era Khan, which was later converted into a flour mill in 1953. This multifunctional building comprises a four-storey exhibition area, a research center, a conference hall, a café, a roof terrace lounge, and a gift shop.
At the heart of the CVAR is a remarkable collection of paintings and artifacts, spanning three centuries, that vividly portray the island's multicultural history. These precious items, including artwork, costumes, memorabilia, books, and archival materials, originate from diverse corners of the world, forming the personal collection of Mr. and Mrs. Severis.
Beyond its permanent exhibits, the CVAR regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, lectures, films, and other special events. These gatherings spotlight the contributions of local and international artists and scholars, making it a dynamic platform for fostering cultural exchange and appreciation.
The A. G. Leventis Gallery is the realization of a grand vision, born out of Anastasios G. Leventis' desire to establish a public gallery in his homeland. He wanted to ensure that the remarkable art collection he amassed during his lifetime could be appreciated and enjoyed by his fellow countrymen, women, and children.
The Cultural Centre of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation boasts four distinct art galleries, each showcasing a remarkable collection of art representing various periods of Western-European history. Spanning from the Renaissance to modern times, the galleries proudly display masterpieces from renowned artists alongside Greek and Cypriot treasures.
The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC) is situated within the Old Powerhouse (power station), an exemplary model of industrial architecture that received the prestigious 'Europa Nostra' award in 1994 after its restoration.
At its core, NiMAC aims to promote fine arts in Cyprus, making it the oldest and most significant establishment of its kind on the island.
Following a decision by the Council of Ministers, the SPΕL Building in Old Nicosia will be renovated to function as an annex of the existing State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art on Stasinou Street. The SPΕL Building will host contemporary artworks from the State Collection, starting from the 1950s and onwards, including works that employ non-conventional and new media.
The Limassol Municipal Art Gallery boasts an extensive and diverse collection of Cypriot modern art, comprising more than 600 paintings, sculptures, pottery, and mixed media pieces. These captivating works are exhibited in both an old building and contemporary ground halls.