ART COMMUNE International Artist-in-Residence Program
Brief description of organisation
Art and Cultural Studies laboratory (ACSL) is a non-governmental organization 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, discursive events, exhibitions, 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.
One of the important hub of the ACSL activities is the ART COMMUNE International Artist-in-Residence program. The Program operates since 2008 as the residency cluster, project workshops and the Platform In-LAB [Theory and Practice]. It aims to create an intellectual space where the international artists and residents will get the chance to interpenetrate the local cultural and social contexts with the supportive diligence of radical creative interactivity and the vector directed to stimulate and help artists from multiple artistic disciplines to live, work, and collaborate in Yerevan and in the country.
The Platform In-LAB [Theory and Practice] 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 get engaged in collaboration and collective work in studio and post- studio practices like socially engaged art, dialog art, participatory art, contextual art, etc.
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 international artists coming from different artistic media and disciplines to be part of the Program. 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, theatrical stage, etc.). Internet connection is available 24 hours a day. Furthermore, the artists are provided with assistance in research, written and verbal translations (English-Armenian and vise versa), curatorial help. The team of the ART COMMUNE involves the resident artists in the active process of socialization with its start point of introducing them the local art and cultural scenes in Yerevan as well, as broader in Armenia. The ART COMMUNE Residency program organizes seminars, panels, workshops, public talks, open studio visits, and personal or group exhibitions for resident artists (all spaces are free of charge). There is other kind of aids on demand by the resident artists.
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.
The ART COMMUNE International Artist-in-Residence Program (Armenia) is an initiative of the Art and Cultural Studies laboratory. It is founded in 2008 and embraced the artists 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 country side in Armenia.
The ART COMMUNE also proclaims the importance to show ´differences´ on artistic thinking and actions, different tendencies of artists’ beliefs, positions, concepts, and modes of working with multiple emdia that in contrary to the ´cultural norms´ create an independent filed of artistic experiences. The important point for the ART COMMUNE organizers is the task of establishing a collateral and collaborative platform of individual artistic approaches and collective production of meanings with respect to the inter-personal, international communication among the artists and the public at large, to become a space for a collective visual and discursive platform and a discussion space serving the purpose of producing new meanings, knowledge, experiments, and social and artistic constellations.
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 resident artists are welcomed to participate in any of events that are part of ACSL´s current activities
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Residency program since
Disciplines and media
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Educational Programmes
- New Media
- Film Making
- Art Criticism, Community based Art
Type of organisation
Non - Governmental Organization
Duration of residencies
- between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time
Collaborative persons or team connected with resident artists
There is no stipend for resident artists due to the absence a stable capacity building grants to develop residency programs in Armenia. the ´Art Commune´ International Residency Program provides the resident artists with free assistance in their research, curatorial help, translation, free spaces and facilities for solo and group exhibitions and other public events (talks, screenings, open studio visits, workshops, seminars, etc.,) press covering of any kind events by the resident artists, translation (written and verbal), and other aid on demand. The Residency program covers the resident artists expenses fully of or partially in case of getting private sponsorship or financial help from state and private institutions in Armenia.
Expenses paid by artist
Expectations of the artist
- Leading Workshop or Class
Presentation of artists' work
Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Description of residency
- Internet Connection
- Ceramics Facilities
- Welding Tools
- Woodworking Tools
- Dance / Performance Practice Space
- Sound Recording Studio
- Musical Instruments
Number of studios
- Private Room
- Shared Apartment
- Russian, Armenian
Other activities happening at the space
- language classes (Armenian), talks, seminars, panel, screening, lectures
How to reach
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 that is located at the Higher School of Arts in Yerevan.
To reach a Rural Residency Cluster - the Artistic Villa in the village of Garni is possible by car or bus transportation from Yerevan to a final point of destination..
It takes 25 min by car to reach the ART COMMUNE Residency cluster at the Higher School of Arts
Zvartnots International airport in Yerevan