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Mr Mavrellis at the Phiti Museum

Mr Mavrellis at the Phiti Museum


Sarah Dixon (London, England), Maura McKee (Northern Ireland) and Lauren McHugh (Ireland) are developing the concept for this project and initiating contact with and between Cypriot and international individuals and agencies to begin the task of securing the future of Phitiotika.

The curator of the Phiti Museum, Charalambos Mavrelli, and his wife a weaver, are participating fully in this project.

Giorgos Constantinos Tsangaris of KPMG Ltd in Nicosia, Cyprus and Mrs Angela Dixon of Kew, England have both helped with translations.

The Laona Foundation for the Conservation and Regeneration of the Cypriot Countryside has offered to act as local partner/coordinator to support this initiative.

Sarah Dixon BSc FRGS

Contact: sarah *at*


Sarah Dixon

Sarah Dixon


An artist, designer and photographer, Sarah is qualified to degree level in Biology and has a strong interest in the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Sarah has worked in several conservation and cultural projects internationally including leading the Shiwiar Rainforest Initiative in the Ecuadorian Amazon, researching and recording uses of plants amongst the Shiwiar Indians of the Pastaza region, and running workshops to help Shiwiar people adapt to tourism.

After studying Corporate Design at the London College of Communication, Sarah now brings art and design together with her interest in nature and works on local projects such as the Pensford Field wild garden.

Maura McKee BA Hons Contemporary Crafts


Maura McKee

Maura McKee having an extremely good lunch in Phiti


Maura has a degree in Contemporary Crafts, specialising in weaving and mixed media, from Manchester Metropolitan University.

She is currently practising art and working in Northern Ireland.

Maura has worked as a freelance artist delivering art&craft/digital storytelling facilitation to primary and post-primary pupils and teachers, and youth & community groups.

Through her work at The Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centre (Derry/Londonderry) she designed and delivered a series of workshops in primary schools throughout Northern Ireland, using weaving as a tool to explore “where we live” (funded by the Rural Development Council).

Maura also creates educational resources – these include a presentation for secondary schools which explores the Holocaust through Art, and schools resource sheets on the worrying decline of the honeybee.

Commissioned work includes a wall-hanging created for Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation.


Work by Maura McKee - Autumn Peat Tract

Work by Maura McKee - Autumn Peat Tract


Maura is also a volunteer youth leader with REACH Across, a cross-community youth organisation for 14-17 year olds living in the society dealing with the effects of conflict that is Northern Ireland.

At 17, she was selected to participate in a United World Colleges course in Conflict Resolution, a UN-hosted programme in Cyprus for facilitating understanding between divided peoples.

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