As an artist run organization, they strive to keep balance between quality and cost. It is important to them to be able to offer the quality of studio space and the scope of professional development and opportunities that they do. Each residency period they offer two studio grants of 300 Euro, one to an international emerging artist and one to a Greek artist, as part of their mission to encourage dialogue and collaboration between Greek artists and international artists-in-residence. Artists may mention their desire to apply for the studio grant, reducing the cost of the residency, in their application.
The Athena Standards Residency fee of €1500/ month provides the artist with an open format studio in an expansive, repurposed commercial building in downtown Athens and shared housing with another residency artist in proximity to the studio. As part of the residency artists meet regularly with Art Historian Elizabeth Plessa, and staff, to ensure a guided and comprehensive introduction to the contemporary Athenian art scene.
Materials, travel costs, food etc. are responsibility of the artists.
They are currently accepting applications for all sessions January 2020 - December 2020, on a rolling basis - applications for each residency period will close on the first day of the month, two months before the residency period begins. There is no fee to apply, you can apply online.
The Athena Standards Residency, in Athens, Greece is accepting applications for 2020 residency sessions. Each residency session lasts a minimum of one month.
Athena Standards Residency was born of the idea that the city of Athens offers an opportunity to experience simultaneously the vibrant urban culture of a contemporary city and the rich history of an ancient cosmopolitan center. With the intention of creating a network of international and local artists, the residency program aims to encourage a dialogue with the local art scene. Professional development is integral to the Athena Standards Residency program. Art Historian and Curator Elizabeth Plessa works closely with each artist, scheduling individual studio visits and building off those initial consultations to recommend galleries of interest, openings, and museum shows for the artist to attend.
The spacious, open-format studios have abundant natural light, and the studio floor includes a communal woodshop / project space, storage room, kitchenette and lounge, and 24/7 key card access. In the project space they offer two weekly workshops in ceramics and mold-making. Giorgos Tserionis, an artist and instructor of ceramics at the School of Fine Arts Athens, leads a course in hand building and wheel throwing and studio manager and sculptor Orestis Karalis conducts a workshop in mold making and casting. The lounge includes a projector and they encourage artists to get together for a weekly dinner, wine and presentation of work. Athena Standards also provides studio space for Athenian artists and recent graduates of the Athens School of Fine Arts, to encourage dialogue and collaboration between Greek artists and international artists-in-residence.
They are able to accommodate 12 artists per month-long residency session. They open all monthly sessions within the year to applications, and reviews of applicants are conducted regularly. Residents are encouraged to consider staying for two months or longer, in order to develop a deeper knowledge of the city.
Biannually, Athena Standards hosts an open studio / group exhibition of artists in residence from the past year. They are also looking forward to holding a retrospective exhibition of former artists-in-residence to correspond with the upcoming Eleusis 2021 in Athens.
Artists are housed in shared apartments in Athens, in proximity to the Athena Standards Studio building, with another artist-in-residence. Additionally, they provide a metro pass to encourage exploring the city and all it has to offer.
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