General information

Brief description of organisation

Akos Cultural NGO was founded in 2002, Yerevan, Armenia and now it is a leading model for similar institutions internationally. In 2006 it established ACOSS AIR program in Armenia which was an artist initiation.

The aim of the organization is to support the development of contemporary creativity and realizing projects by Armenian and international artists and theorists, to organizing exhibitions, conferences, discussions, researches, seminars and workshops concerning the local art, political and social situation on the background of nowadays worldwide movements.

ACOSS promotes and diffuses contemporary creativity in Armenia. A group of Armenian artists, art and cultural critics are involved in the organization where they have possibility to meet international artists and theorists and co-operate with them.
Since the end of 2006 ACOSS has been collaborating with many national and international cultural organizations worldwide, particularly with Cló (Ireland), Geoair (Georgia), Artisterium (Georgia), The Center for Visual Research (Georgia), State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Greece), Armenian Center For Contemporary Experimental Art (Armenia), 25th Gallery (Armenia), the 5th Parallel Gallery (Canada), The Lanchester Gallery (UK), Supermarket Art fair (Sweden), Res Artis (The Netherlands), Trans Cultural Exchange (USA), Strandline Curatorial Collective (Canada), Neutral Ground Gallery (Canada), Gyumri Biennale (Armenia), Artists’ Union of Armenia, Youkobo Art Space (Japan), Studio Kura (Japan), Homebased residency (Israel), Galerie La Vieille Poste (France), Microresidence Internatioanl Network (Japan), Carvansarai AIR (Turkey), Alliance of Artists Communities (USA), Juan Miro Foundation (Spain), Nida Art Colony (Lithuania), Youth4Media (EU), IME NGO (Bulgaria), Formverk (Sweden), Kultur Kontact (Austria), Goethe Institute (Germany), Art Prospect (Russia), CEC ArtsLink (USA), Moorland Production (UK), ISIS (UK), San Marc (Mallorca, Spain), Visual Art School of the Regina University (Canada), Visual Art School of Leeds University (UK), The Sculpture Center (USA), Visual Arts Faculty of Coventry University (UK), Visual Arts of Joshibi University (Japan), Oberwelt (Germany), Stuttgarter Kunstverein e. V. (Germany)

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The primary aim will be for the artists to work on an agreed project in Yerevan and in the country as well.

ACOSS residency program is a project workshop for the promotion of multi - disciplinary art and cultural international exchange in and out of Armenia. We call artists from all artistic disciplines to live, work, and collaborate during their preferred time of staying.
ACOSS has agreement with two different territories to hold the artist-in-residence program in Yerevan; in Jrvezh and Zeytun districts. The applicant can make decision about the prefared location of stay upon the arrival Yerevan, too.

Through the Artist-in-Residence ACOSS supports international art activities bringing multicultural dimension to the region. The guest artists have opportunity to live and work the same place, set new contacts in the art field as well as to the local community. If artist´s project is connected with Yerevan city, we can organize housing in the city as well as organize exhibition at the ACCEA (The Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art) in Yerevan and Hotel Berlin in Gyumri. Interested artists have to discuss this matter with the ACOSS director in advance.

The program consists of residency up to one year and includes private and sharing studios, housing, and three meals per day by agreement. Private studios are available for artists 24 hours a day.

Financial aid is available.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Any kind of social research
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Other

Non governmental

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 year
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Other

family, group of people, involved in the agreed residency project

Grants available

We can´t offer grant, but some projects can be supported by our private donors.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other


Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Exhibition
  • Other

Expedition to the country, tours

Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure


Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


OtherOur residency is a network of artists run spaces and can be everywhere we have the network developed; Urban, Rural, Suburb nomadic.

  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Sound Recording Studio
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

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

How to reach

By train

No train.

By plane

Arraval in Zvardnots - International airport, Yerevan, Armenia.
A member of ACOSS will meet artists at the airport and pick them up.

By car

30 mins. from the Zvardnots airport to the residency center in Djrvezh or in Zeytun. For new arrivals taxi is the best option, because mostly international flight are arriving in very early morning and public transport doesn´t work that time.

Nearest airport

Zvartnots airport in Yerevan

Contact information

8 Roubinyants st., apt. 17
0069 Yerevan

Phone: 00374 91 23 24 55

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