Artists from around the world can now enjoy a free two-month stay in Athens! Here’s how

ARCAthens is inviting artists from outside of Greece to apply for its fully-funded, two-month residency in the sunny city of Athens.
Athens is a popular european arts capital.
Athens is a popular European arts capital. Image: Shutterstock/Sven Hansche.

In last few years, Athens has been building a reputation as a European arts capital, thanks to developments like the popular Documenta art fair, Renzo Piano-designed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) with elements like an artificial hill, a sloping landscaped park and a glass floating roof, the artsy Psirri neighbourhood filled with galleries, and the Acropolis Museum.

It’s no longer a grubby-looking stopover destination before you head to the scenic islands of Santorini and Mykonos, and artists know that, more than anyone else. That’s why ARCAthens, a non-profit organisation supporting visual artists, curators, and scholars through cultural exchange, has announced that it is now accepting applications for its residency program for artists from across the globe.

Art on display at acropolis museum.
Art on display at Acropolis Museum. Image: Shutterstock/SIAATH.

The two residency fellowships available — one for visual art and another for art curation — will offer living and working facilities for two months, free of cost. The two selected artists can expect fully-funded facilities like stay in a gorgeous neoclassical facility, a private studio, shared kitchen, bathroom, dining area, and a library. 

Previously, fellows were chosen by nomination, but this year, ARCAthens has decided to keep it open for interested applicants from all countries, as long as they reside outside of Greece. The architectural gems and ruins of Athens, one of the oldest countries in the world, will lend itself as the backdrop for the artists.

The newly opened Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Image: Shutterstock/Milan Gonda.

During the programme, participants will be attending seminars at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), involve themselves in curational work, be a part of the annual residency event, and witness ancient art forms blend seamlessly with modern art. The residency fellowship starts in September this year, and will offer a total fellowship of USD2,000 each, along with a weekly stipend and round-trip airfare! Be ready to unleash your creativity and live the art life the in city of the Aegean Sea. For more info, visit ARCAthens’ application page here.

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