ART COMMUNE International Artist-in-Residence Program

General information

Brief description of organisation

The ART COMMUNE International Artist-in-Residence Program is an initiative of the ‘Art and Cultural Studies laboratory’ (ACSL) - a non-governmental organization based in Yerevan, Armenia with aim to develop stable platform for critical analysis, reflections, open discussions, information exchange and interactive communication.
ACSL has been making regular contributions in theory and practices of contemporary art in Armenia and abroad by setting up researches, discursive events, exhibitions, and educational programs.
One of the most important hubs of ACSL’s activities is the ART COMMUNE International Artist-in-Residence program. The Program operates since 2008 as a dynamic cluster with aim to create an intellectual space where international artists get the chance to interpenetrate the local cultural and social-political contexts with the supportive diligence of radical creative interactivity. The ART COMMUNE stimulates and helps artists from multiple artistic disciplines to live, work, and collaborate in Yerevan and other regions in Armenia. The other conceptual vector of the ART COMMUNE directs to developing a specific platform named In-LAB [Theory and Practice]. In-LAB is an open platform which, along with other interests, ‘is oriented towards the social turn 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 is conceived not only as for individual production of discrete art works, but it produces situations, co-participation, and collaborations. Being part of the ART COMMUNE, the Platform In-LAB welcomes artists who are willing to get engaged in collaboration and collective work in studio and post- studio practices like socially engaged art, dialog art, participatory art.’

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The ART COMMUNE International Artist-in-Residence Program (Yerevan, Armenia) is happy to announce and openly call the international artists practicing in different artistic disciplines and media to be part of the residency program. It is ongoing residency:there is no deadlines and fee for applications.
The main fields for artists’ selection are visual art, photography, sculpture, installation, film/video/animation, new media, architecture, design, ceramic, dance, performance, music, sound art, fiction/non-fiction, criticism, curatorial studies. The ART COMMUNE residency cluster is a place for active experimentation and dynamic exchange.

The selection process has been evolving upon receiving applications with reviewing of application packages by selection committee / ACSL board and the decision is made.

Successful applicants are informed within 2 weeks after receiving the application. Further on, the successful applicants are provided official letters of invitation and other documents required. Residents also receive a certificate in the end of their residency program.

The ART COMMUNE residency program consists of residency stay from 2 weeks to 12 months. The program provides residents/artists with a separate room, shared or separate studio spaces, specialized workshops and studios (wood, ceramic, musical studio, dance, theatrical stage). Internet connection is available 24 hours a day. The residents/ artists are provided with assistance in their research, written and verbal translations (English-Armenian and vice versa), and curatorial help with organizing any kind of public events for residents/ artists – presentations, talks, panels, seminars, screening, open studio visits and personal or group exhibitions (all spaces and equipment are free of charge).
The ART COMMUNE involves the resident artists in the active process of socialization in Yerevan and Armenia at large with first step of acquaintance with local cultural and art scenes.

The program does not provide stipend the residents/artists due to the absence of constant structural support for residency programs in Armenia. However, the program fully or partially covers the resident artists’ expenses when having funding from international foundations or private sponsors.
The major residency cluster of the ART COMMUNE is located in the High School of Arts in Yerevan. The whole territory of the school is surrounded with gardens and pure land, and the latter is fit for land art and other artistic needs.
the additional option of the ART COMUNE is an artistic villa in countryside - the Garni village. It takes around 30 min (by bus) to reach the village from Yerevan.

The residents/ artists are welcomed to participate in any kind of ongoing events, exhibitions have been organizing by ACSL.

Please visit our website and Facebook page for further information:

Please note that applicants must first contact with curator and artistic director of the ART COMMUNE – Susanna Gyulamiryan

We are sorry that the ACSL’s email ( is temporary damaged, but it is in a way of repairing.

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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
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Partners


Grants available

There is no stipend for resident artists due to the absence of constant structural support for residency programs in Armenia. However ART COMMUNE is ready to provide residents/artists with official letter of invitations or any documents required that should serve as a supportive basement to apply for funding. The ART COMMUNE provides the residents/artists free assistance in their research, curatorial help, translation (Armenian-English and vice versa), free spaces and equipment for solo and group exhibitions, other public events (talks, screenings, open studio visits, workshops, seminars, etc.), press covering and other aids on demand. The ART COMMUNE covers the residents/artists expenses fully of or partially in case of having funding from International Foundations or private sponsors.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Exhibition
  • Donation of an Artwork

Research Residency

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
Number of studios


  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Russian, Armenian
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • language classes (Armenian), talks, seminars, panel, screening, lectures

How to reach

By plane

Please note that the ART COMMUNE works with familiar taxi services and taxi drivers which is more safety and cheaper than the taxi service at the airport.
The driver meets residents/artists at the ´Zvartnots´ International airport in Yerevan upon the artists arrival, and pick them up to the major Residency Cluster that is located at the High School of Arts in Yerevan.

To reach an artistic villa as another part of the ART COMMUNE cluster which based in countryside -the village of Garni is possible by car or bus from Yerevan to a final point of destination..

By car

It takes 25 min by car to reach the ART COMMUNE Residency cluster at the Higher School of Arts

Nearest airport

´Zvartnots´ International Airport in Yerevan

Contact information

ART COMMUNE International Artist-in-Residence Program
Gai Avenue 22, apt 17
0056 Yerevan

Phone: 00 374 10 64 20 47 (land line); 00 374 91 944 783 (mob)

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