ACOSS International AIR

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Name of Residency: ARVESTANOTS

The primary aim will be for the artists to work on an agreed project in Yerevan and any other sides of Armenia according to residency proposal of visiting artists or group.

ACOSS residency program is a project workshop for the promotion of multi – disciplinary art and cultural international exchange in and out of Armenia. We call artists from all artistic disciplines to live, work, and collaborate during their preferred time of staying.
ACOSS has agreement with two different territories to hold the artist-in-residence program. Our main building is based in Yerevan, Zeytun district, what we recently built with support of private donors and international crowd finding, having donations from 22 countries. The applicant can make decision about the preferred location of stay upon the arrival Yerevan, too.

Through the Artist-in-Residence ACOSS supports international art activities bringing multicultural dimension to the region. The guest artists have opportunity to live and work the same place, set new contacts in the art field as well as to the local community. If artist’s project is connected with Yerevan city, we can organize housing in the city as well as organize exhibition at the ACCEA (The Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art) in Yerevan and Hotel Berlin in Gyumri. Interested artists have to discuss this matter with the ACOSS director in advance.

The program consists of residency up to one year and includes private and sharing studios, housing, and three meals per day by agreement.

Financial aid and in-kind support is available during the residency.

Residency Programme since: 2006
Description of Organisation:

Akos Cultural NGO was founded in 2002, Yerevan, Armenia and now it is a leading model for similar institutions internationally. In 2006 it established ACOSS AIR program in Armenia which was an artist initiation.

The aim of the organization is to support the development of contemporary creativity and realizing projects by Armenian and international artists and theorists, to organizing exhibitions, conferences, discussions, researches, seminars and workshops concerning the local art, political and social situation on the background of nowadays worldwide movements.

ACOSS promotes and diffuses contemporary creativity in Armenia. A group of Armenian artists, art and cultural critics are involved in the organization where they have possibility to meet international artists and theorists and co-operate with them.
Since the end of 2006 ACOSS has been collaborating with many national and international cultural organizations worldwide, particularly with Cl?? (Ireland), Geoair (Georgia), Artisterium (Georgia), The Center for Visual Research (Georgia), State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Greece), Armenian Center For Contemporary Experimental Art (Armenia), 25th Gallery (Armenia), the 5th Parallel Gallery (Canada), The Lanchester Gallery (UK), Supermarket Art fair (Sweden), Res Artis (The Netherlands), Trans Cultural Exchange (USA), Strandline Curatorial Collective (Canada), Neutral Ground Gallery (Canada), Gyumri Biennale (Armenia), Artists?? Union of Armenia, Youkobo Art Space (Japan), Studio Kura (Japan), Homebased residency (Israel), Galerie La Vieille Poste (France), Microresidence Internatioanl Network (Japan), Carvansarai AIR (Turkey), Alliance of Artists Communities (USA), Juan Miro Foundation (Spain), Nida Art Colony (Lithuania), Youth4Media (EU), IME NGO (Bulgaria), Formverk (Sweden), Kultur Kontact (Austria), Goethe Institute (Germany), Art Prospect (Russia), CEC ArtsLink (USA), Moorland Production (UK), ISIS (UK), San Marc (Mallorca, Spain), Visual Art School of the Regina University (Canada), Visual Art School of Leeds University (UK), The Sculpture Center (USA), Visual Arts Faculty of Coventry University (UK), Visual Arts of Joshibi University (Japan), Oberwelt (Germany), Stuttgarter Kunstverein e. V. (Germany)

Organisation founded in: 2002
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • Armenian
  • English
  • Russian
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Library
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Sound recording studio
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: Yes
If yes, please specify: If visiting artist needs accommodation in countryside due to the project needs, we arrange it as also part of social practice of our program.
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : It is available linking with other organizations during the residency.
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Average 225,000 dram
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Subsidizing accommodation and working studios.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    • Other
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Family Life
    • Open Studios
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Wine making, distilling vodka, teaching traditional Armenian cuisine, having traditional meal with community members.
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Zvartnots airport in Yerevan
    Nearest Train Station: “Sasuntsi Davit” train station
    How to reach by plane: Arraval in Zvardnots – International airport, Yerevan, Armenia. A member of ACOSS will meet artists at the airport and pick them up.
    How to reach by train: From Tbilisi City, capital of Georgia
    How to reach by car: 30 mins. from the Zvardnots airport to the residency center in Zeytun. For new arrivals taxi is the best option, because mostly international flight are arriving in very early morning and public transport doesn’t work at that time.
    How to reach by boat: N/A
    Street & Number: 8/4 Roubinyants street
    Postal Code: 69
    City: Yerevan
    Country long: Armenia
    8/4 Roubinyants street
    Yerevan 69 ARM
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