George Sfougaras United Kingdom
George Sfougaras’ work is concerned with the way history, national symbols, myths and rhetoric shape identity. He has gained recognition with his reconstructed maps and narrative portraits. His ‘Tales from an Old Fort Town’ and the ‘Forgotten Conquerors’ (suites of prints and illustrated books reclaiming aspects of Greek, Jewish and Arab history) were published in 2018.
In the last two years George Sfougaras has exhibited in solo, group and touring exhibitions at Rugby Museum and Art Gallery and Leicester New Walk Museum, Alexandria Library Manchester, Malta, Wales, London and Crete. He has undertaken commissions for Cardiff University and a Nottingham Catholic Multi Academy Trust. Exhibition prizes were awarded for ‘Ideas on Paper’, ‘Small Print International’ and ‘Cank Street Open’. He was a finalist in Freedom.org’s ‘Depicting Human Rights’ competition. Sfougaras was invited to speak on Identity at the Asia Triennial in Manchester in 2018.
In March 2019 he was artist in residence in Chania, Crete, with a second residency in Germany later this year. He is currently working on ‘RECOVERED HISTORIES’ (An Arts Council, National Lottery funded Project) scheduled to take place from May - September 2019 in Leicester and during Journeys Festival International in August 2019. He is collaborating with other makers, art organisations and community groups. The resulting work will be located in several venues across Leicester.
Sfougaras is one of six ‘inspiring artists’ selected by Creative Leicestershire for their 2019-20 webinar masterclass program. He has held a variety of roles in Education, from teaching Art to most recently the headship of a Special school and as one of the Directors of the WELL Trust.
Residency in Crete
15/03/2019 to 22/03/2019
Following the publication of my book and suite of prints entitled 'Tales from an Old Fort Town' (A personal reappraisal of the Jewish history of Crete) by Etz Hayyim Synagogue in October 2018, Today, draft copies of my maps of Chania are winging its way to Crete in preparation for my visit/residency, at Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Chania, in...[Read more]
|Etz Hayyim Synagogue Under the Aegis of the Central Board of Jewish Communities of Greece (KISE) Ch, Chania, Crete, Greece||Details|
Tales From The Castle Of The Moat: The Forgotten Conquerors A Personal Reappraisal of the Cretan Emirate 827–961 through Art and Prose
05/03/2019 to 07/03/2019
Written by: George Sfougaras
‘The Forgotten Conquerors’ refers to a period in Crete’s history which is neglected in favour of the more acceptable Greek and Venetian eras. A few coins, a remarkable 11th century Byzantine codex and the writings of some enlightened historians have ensured that we can critically reflect on a significant...[Read more]
|Mehri Publication, London, London, Leicester||Details|