“Art Commune”” International Artist-in-Residence Program

Name of Residency: “Art Commune”” International Artist-in-Residence Program

The major cluster of the “Art Commune”Residency Program is located at the AGBU Vahe Karapetian Centre. The centre consists of a newly constructed residence that houses a consortium of artist residency programs, as well as international and regional students studying in Yerevan, Armenia. The centre is equipped with single and double rooms with access to shared and private bathrooms, laundry and cleaning services. All residents have access to shared facilities like industrial-sized kitchen, a reading room, library, and table tennis for entertainment and social exchange. The centre has 24/7 security and reception service from 10-5pm.

The “Art Commune” is an ongoing program, and there is no application deadline. The main fields for artist selection are visual arts, participatory art, performing art, sound art, photography, architecture, writing, gender, queer and feminist studies, curatorial studies, art criticism. The selection process takes place upon receiving the applications. Further on, the documents are reviewed by the selection committee. Successful applicants are informed within one week after receiving the application. Afterwards, they are provided an official letter of invitation and other required documents. The program consists of a residency stay from 2 weeks up to 6 months.
Please note that applicants must first contact the follow email: info@acsl.am

Residency Programme since: 2008
Description of Organisation:

The “Art Commune” international artist-in-residence program is a significant hub in the field of contemporary art of Armenia both locally and internationally. The goal of the “Art Commune” is to create an intellectual space where the residents will get the chance to penetrate the local cultural and socio-political contexts, as well as to combine their artistic practices (research, production, etc.) with meetings, seminars, lectures, and other discursive events with local and international artists, cultural experts, critics, and curators. The program  has evolved to include a residency,  and the Platform FemLab
The FemLab is an open platform that welcomes international critics, curators, scholars, and artists to conduct their research and studies on gender and feminist issues and create their own works independently or in collaboration with local feminist and queer activists, scholars and artists.
In addition, the platform is directed toward developing a kind of context which is oriented towards community-based projects, producing situations, processes, and collective work within studio and post-studio practices.

As of the fall of 2017, the “”Art Commune” has partnered with AGBU Armenia, a major stakeholder and strategic supporter of cultural projects in Armenia. This new partnership allows residency participants to connect with a larger international platform through AGBU various facilities and extensive global network of different professionals.


Organisation founded in: 2008
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Other
If other, please specify: NGO
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: N/A
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Film-making
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Educational institutions, Non-governmental Organizations, Art Professionals, Independent Studies
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    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
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Other
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Zvartnots International Airport (EVN)
    Nearest Train Station: N/A
    How to reach by plane: N/A
    How to reach by train: N/A
    How to reach by car: Upon arrival at the Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan, artists are picked up by familiar taxi driver to be guided to the residency cluster
    How to reach by boat: N/A
    Street & Number: 8 A. Hovhannisyan str., 28 apt.
    Postal Code: 76
    City: Yerevan
    Country long: Armenia
    8 A. Hovhannisyan str., 28 apt.
    Yerevan 76 ARM
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