HYam Project

The association HYam -Hydra for artists of the Mediterranean- was founded in 2014 by journalist Pauline Simons to guide emerging artists  from Mediterranean countries in the promotion of their work on a international stage through various missions both in France and in Greece. The project is structured around a triangle concept :


The installation

Granted by an international committee, the laureate of the HYam prize is  invited to set up a piece of art aimed for the public space of Hydra with the support of the HYam association. The installation is installed during summer, providing yet another event on Hydra to complete the season exhibitions.


The residency

Following the exhibition, the laureate is offered  a one month residency on the island with the puropose of setting up a new project which could be inspired by the specific character of Hydra. Close to Athens, this car-free and rocky island once was one of the greatest naval power of the Mediterranean.


The round table

The artist get the opportunity to present his/her project during a round table which takes place in Paris at Artcurial, partner of the HYam project. This round table debate led by art world personalities, provides the opportunity to find out the contemporary art scene issues of the invited country.

Artcurial in Paris

The auction house “Artcurial”, cherished partner of HYam, hosts the prize award aimed at emerging native artists from the Mediterranean alongside with a group show to exhibit the finalists’ work. Perfectly located at the corner between Avenue Montaigne and Champs-Elysées, international symbols of the French capital while simultaneously geographically marking the country’s “savoir-faire”, this mansion has become, an international and cultural landmark, over the last ten years. Driven by the passion for art and for collectors’ items, Artcurial is the French auction leader. Nowadays, more than 25 specialized departments are represented with a sale volume (exceeding 210 million €) 75% of which is created by international collectors. Reinforcing its international development, Artcurial is extending its activities in Europe and in the Mediterranean, including Morocco.

Hydra in Greece

Close to Athens, this rocky island that Henry Miller was referring to “a petrified piece of bread”, once was one of the greatest naval power of the Mediterranean.

Car-free, its ecosystem is preserved : it was this element that seduced, a mixed avant-garde movement, in the beginning of the 60’s. Ever since, Hydra has been grounding its reputation, hosting, international exhibitions, every summer, thanks to the support of philanthropists and collectors, such as Cypriot Dakis Ioannou, President of the Deste Foundation, Pauline Karpidas, English collector, Dimitris Daskalopoulos, President of the Neon Foundation, supporting an annual summer exhibition founded by Dimitris Antonitsis.

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