Art Commune

General information

Brief description of organisation

ACSL is a non-governmental organization founded in 2007 with the aim of establishing a stable platform for critical analysis, reflections, open discussions, information exchange and interactive communication, which would contribute to the development of contemporary art practices by setting up researches, exhibitions, discursive events, and educational programs. ACSL promotes the development of Armenia as a zone of cultural dialogue and meeting place with its current situation as a post-Soviet country and its all contextual and ideological issues. ACSL operates and spreads its multilateral activities in Armenia and abroad.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The ART COMMUNE International Artist-in-Residence program (Yerevan, Armenia) would love to announce the Open call for resident artists. The program is ongoing, and there is no application deadline.

The main fields for artist selection are visual art, photography, sculpture, installation, film/video/animation, new media, architecture, design, ceramic, dance, performance, music, sound and fiction/non-fiction, critic, curatorial studies, as well as mixed media and other areas. The ART COMMUNE would like to construct a platform with various artists covering various mediums and fields to dynamic exchange and experimentation.

The selection process takes place upon receiving the application. Further on, the documents are reviewed by the selection committee/board of ACSL (Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory), and the decision is made. Successful applicants are informed within 2 weeks after receiving the application. Further on, they are provided an official letter of invitation and other required documents. Residents also receive a certificate at the end of their residency program.
The program consists of a residency stay (2 weeks - 12 months), providing the resident artists with a separate room, shared or separate studio spaces, specialized workshops (wood, ceramic, musical studio, dance hall, theatrical stage, etc.). Internet connection is available 24 hours a day as well. Furthermore, the artists are provided with assistance in research, curatorial help, written and verbal translations (English-Armenian), at the same time being introduced to the local art and cultural scene of Armenia. The ART COMMUNE Residency program organizes seminars, panels, workshops, public talks, open studio visits, and personal or group exhibitions for resident artists (spaces are free of charge). Other assistance is also possible.

The program does not provide the residents with stipend due to the absence of means for capacity building for ongoing projects. However, the program fully or partially covers the resident artists’ expenses when granting from foundations or private sponsorship is available.
The major Residency cluster is located in the Higher School of Arts in Yerevan. It is also surrounded by a big territory of gardens and pure land with all conveniences for land art and other artistic needs.
An additional residency cluster is located at the private artistic villa in the Garni village, Armenia. It takes around 30 min (by bus) to reach the village from Yerevan.
ART COMMUNE International Artist-in-Residence program (Armenia) is an initiative of the Art and Cultural Studies laboratory which was founded in 2008, involving an artist residency, project workshops and the Platform In-LAB [Theory and Practice]. It aims at creating an intellectual space where the residents will get the chance to interpenetrate the local cultural and socio-political contexts with the supportive diligence of radical creative interactivity and the vector directed to stimulate and help artists from all artistic disciplines to live, work, and collaborate in Yerevan (capital of Armenia) and in the village of Garni.
The Platform In-LAB [Theory and Practice] is an open platform which, along with other interests, is oriented towards the return to the social in contemporary art practices and has been sharing the set of desires to overturn the traditional relationship between the art object, the artist, and the audience. This kind of art testifies that artists are conceived not only as individual producers of discrete objects, but as producers of situations, co-participation, and collaboration. Being part of the ART COMMUNE, the Platform In-LAB welcomes artists who are willing get engaged in collaboration and collective work in studio and post- studio practices like socially engaged art, dialog art, participatory art, contextual art, etc.

The artists are also welcome to participate in the International symposium Gender Trouble organized by ACSL annually/biannually.

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Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Art Criticism, Community based Art
Type of organisation
  • Other

Non - Governmental Organization

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Other

Collaborators with residency artists

Grants available

There is no stipend for resident artists due to the absence a stable capacity building grants to develop residency programs in Armenia, but we provide artists free spaces and facilities for exhibitions and other public events (talks, screenings, open studio visits, workshops, seminars, etc.,) press covering of those events, translation (written and verbal), curatorial help and other aid on demand. The Residency program covers the resident artists expenses fully of or partially when it is happened to have private sponsorship or singular help from state and private institutions in Armenia.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Exhibition


Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Sound Recording Studio
  • Musical Instruments
  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Russian, Armenian
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • language classes (Armenian), seminars, panel, screening

How to reach

By plane

ART COMMUNE recruited familiar taxi services to meet artists at the Zvartnots International airport in Yerevan, a taxi driver meets the resident artist with a sign of their names on it and pick them up to the major Residency Cluster at the Higher School of Arts in Yerevan.
To reach a Rural Residency Cluster - the Artistic Villa in the village of Garni is organized from Yerevan by car or bus.

By car

It takes 25 min by car to reach the ART COMMUNE Residency Cluster

Nearest airport

Zvartnots International airport in Yerevan

Contact information

Art Commune
8, A.Hovhannisyan, apt. 28
0076 Yerevan

Phone: 00 374 10 64 20 47

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