Athena Standards Residency

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The Athena Standards Residency is a month-long studio artist residency program in the bustling metropolis of Athens, Greece. The residency provides the artist with an open format studio in an expansive, repurposed commercial building and shared housing with another residency artist in proximity to the studio.

Emerging and established artists, working in painting, mixed media, printmaking, performance, digital art, photography, video and installation are encouraged to apply. We are able to accommodate 12 artists per month-long residency session. We open all monthly sessions within the year to applications, and reviews of applicants are conducted regularly. We encourage residents to consider staying for two months or longer, in order to develop a deeper knowledge of the city. For 2019- 2020, we are offering 10% off the second month and 20% off the third consecutive month.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation: Professional development is integral to the Athena Standards Residency program. Art Historian and Curator Elizabeth Plessa works closely with each artist, scheduling individual studio visits and building off those initial consultations to recommend galleries of interest, openings, and museum shows for the artist to attend. Based on the path of the artist’s research she has arranged meetings with fellow arts professionals (and occasionally professionals outside the art world!) and invited artists to join her on studio visits, lectures and events.

In the project space we offer two weekly workshops in ceramics and mold-making. Giorgos Tserionis, a contemporary ceramicist and instructor at the School of Fine Arts Athens, leads a weekly course in hand building and wheel throwing. Clay and firing is provided, artists purchase their own glazes. Our studio manager and sculptor Orestis Karalis also conducts a weekly workshop in mold making and casting. Materials are provided. As studio manager, Orestis is incredibly helpful in procuring supplies and providing advice. Our lounge includes a projector and screen and we encourage artists to get together for a weekly dinner, wine and presentation of work. ASR also provides space for Athenian artists and recent graduates of the Athens School of Fine Arts, to encourage dialogue and collaboration between Greek artists and international artists-in-residence.

In 2021, to coincide with Eleusis (E2021) we will be hosting a major retrospective of past artists in residence, from both Athena Standards and our sister residency on Crete, the Mudhouse Residency. Additionally, Elizabeth curates biannual open studio/ group exhibitions of former and current participating artists.

Organisation founded in: 2013
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Greek
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at a later date
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 4
  • Months: 5
  • Months: 6
  • Months: 6+
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 11 and 16
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • New Media
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Cleaning
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • If other, please specify: We can make an arrangement for private accommodations to include partners for an additional fee
    Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : We work with the Athens School of Fine Arts to award two year-long studio residency scholarships annually to recent fine arts graduates.
    Application process: Digital application
    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): €1500 for one month, €2850 for two months, €2400 for three months
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): While we don’t offer any funding through the Residency itself, we are committed to assisting applicants in discovering grants and stipend opportunities through outside organizations, as well as providing an official letter of acceptance as needed.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • 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
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (AIA)
    Nearest Train Station: Kato Patissia Metro Station
    How to reach by train: The Athena Standards Residency building is located in Athens, Greece, steps away from the Kato Patissia Metro Step, which is on the green Line 1.
    Street & Number: 313 Acharnon
    Postal Code: 111 45
    City: Athens
    Country long: Greece
    313 Acharnon
    Athens 111 45 Greece
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