"Art Commune" International Artist-in-Residence Program

General information

Brief description of organisation

Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory (ACSL) is a non-governmental organization with the goal of establishing a stable platform for critical analysis, reflections, open discussions, information exchange, and interactive communication. It aims at contributing to contemporary theories and art practices by setting up researches, discursive events, exhibitions, educational, and residency 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 with all of its contextual and ideological issues. ACSL operates and spreads its multilateral activities in Armenia and abroad.

The "Art Commune" international artist-in-residence program is an initiative of ACSL, a significant hub in the field of contemporary art 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 was founded in 2008 and has evolved to include a residency, specialised workshops, and the Platform In-LAB [Discourses and Practice].

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’s various facilities and extensive global network of different professionals.

The aim of the Platform In-LAB [Discourses and Practice] is to introduce to resident artists the corpus of significant theoretical texts on contemporary art and culture, helping them initiate and carry out new artistic production in Armenia. In addition, the platform is directed toward developing a kind of art which is oriented towards community-based projects or participatory art. Such orientation testifies that artists are conceived not only as individual producers of self-sufficing, discrete objects, but as producers of situations, processes, and collective work within studio and post-studio practices, particularly in collaboration with non-artistic communities. These practices overturn the traditional relationship between the art work, the artist, and the audience. The Platform In-LAB [Discourses and Practice] is an open platform that welcomes international critics, curators, scholars, and artists to collaborate with current residency artists of the "Art Commune" AIR program as well as with the local artistic scene of Armenia.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The major cluster of the "Art Commune" 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 a common room with chess boards and TV, an 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. It is walking distance from studio and workshop space at the AGBU Youth Centres focused on national cultural arts. Residency participants are free to use the centre’s workshop space in exchange for a teaching workshop for youth based on mutually advantageous agreements. This exchange aims to introduce residents to local culture, while offering youth insight into contemporary artistic practice.

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, curatorial studies, and art criticism. The selection process takes place upon receiving the applications. Further on, the documents are reviewed by the selection committee/board of ACSL. 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 12 months.

Please note that applicants must first contact the curator and artistic director of the "Art Commune" Susanna Gyulamiryan (susanna.gyulamiryan@gmail.com)

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
  • between 1 and 3 months
Companions allowed
  • Partners


Grants available

The program does not provide the residents with stipend and does not cover their general expenses such as travels, per diem, accommodation and commodities due to absence of structural and capacity building funding for ACSL and other similar institutions in Armenia. However, the program can fully or partially cover the resident artists’ expenses if it gets funding from international and local foundations or private sponsors. Nevertheless, the artists are provided with free assistance in research, curatorial help, written and verbal translations (English-Armenian and vice versa), introduction to the local art and cultural scene of Armenia. Moreover, the "Art Commune" residency program organizes personal or group exhibitions, seminars, panels, workshops, public talks, and open studio visits for its residents. Other aid and assistance is also possible on demand.

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
  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Armenian, Russian
Other activities happening at the space

How to reach

By car

Upon arrival at the Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan, artists are picked up by a taxi driver and guided to the "Art Commune" residency cluster. There is no bus service from the airport to the residency.

Nearest airport

Zvartnots International Airport (EVN)

Contact information

"Art Commune" International Artist-in-Residence Program
8 A. Hovhannisyan str., 28 apt.
0076 Yerevan


Phone: +374 10 642047 (land); +374 91 944783 (mob.)

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