Athens Residency

Athens Residency

Our Visual Art and Curatorial Residency Fellowships provide fully-funded live/work spaces that allow artists, curators, and scholars to be immersed in—and consequently respond to—the ongoing cultural renaissance taking place in Athens. 

Previous Residencies

Click below to learn about our previous residencies and our Fellows’ experience!

Athens Residency

The Athens Residency is the flagship program of ARCAthens

Founded in 2017, ARCAthens is a not-for-profit organization offering two Athens Residency Fellowships (Visual Art and Curatorial). These fully-funded opportunities enable artists, curators, and scholars to live/work in Athens, Greece, and be immersed in—and consequently respond to—the ongoing cultural renaissance taking place here. Our program has been lauded for providing promotional services and robust elective networking such as arranged studio and private collection visits, bespoke tours of institutions, as well as participation in varied community events.

Please click here to see some of the opportunities offered in our previous programs.

“Athens is known for its ancient history, its radiant light, its delightful weather, gorgeous landscape, warm people, rich culture, and delicious food. Athens, which is also known as a destination for all things Modern, is now becoming a vibrant hub of Contemporary culture providing our Fellows with an additional lens from which to understand our world today, its challenges, ranging from climate change to migration, as well as the joys that inspire hope in humanity and the love and creation of ideas. ARCAthens is here, at this special time, to enrich a thriving community and facilitate connections that provide a lifetime of inspiration for our Fellows.”

—ARISTIDES LOGOTHETIS, Executive Director of ARCAthens

Fall 2019 Fellows Tomashi Jackson (Visual Art) and Miranda Lash (Curatorial) with Executive Director Aristides Logothetis, and Athens Program Manager Iris Plaitakis.

Spring 2019 Fellows Larry Ossei-Mensah (Curatorial) and Cullen Washington Jr. (Visual Art)

ARCAthens values diversity and welcomes applicants from all countries and nationalities, representing a broad range of creative thought and practice.

The Athens Residency program is open to applicants not residing in Greece.


Our residency is designed above all to nurture and support our Fellows, as such, and is free of obligations with the following two exceptions:

  1. Fellows are expected to participate in a bespoke seminar with students at the Athens School of Fine Arts.
  2. Fellows are expected to participate in a public end-of-residency event. For examples, click here to see some of our previous events.
Practical Information
  • Duration: 2 months. 
  • Fellowship Prize: $2,000 USD.
  • Air Travel: The cost of a basic coach round trip ticket is provided by ARCAthens.
  • Stipend: In addition to the Fellowship Prize, a stipend of 150 USD per week is provided, meant to supplement food and local transportation expenses.
  • Application process: No Fee – Open call.
  • Selection process: By a 3-person independent committee of arts professionals.
  • Expenses paid by the Fellows: ARCAthens offers the Fellowship Prize, air travel, a weekly stipend, and housing. The Fellows are responsible for all other expenses including food, all local travel, and any costs related to the production and shipping of their work.
  • Visas: Visas are not necessary for US Nationals for the duration of our program. For others, procuring Visas (as applicable) is the responsibility of the Fellows.
  • Facilities: Fellows have a private bedroom, shared kitchen and bathroom. Fellows are to comply with health measures as designated by operators of the facility. 
  • Number of Fellows in residence at one time: 2
  • Working Language: English

From ARCAthens Fellows after completing the program:

ARCAthens has truly been a game changer for me personally and professionally. I view this experience as another pivot point that has reshaped how I think about art, my curatorial practice and my world view. I came to Athens via this residency with the intention of learning more about the city and its art community, but I ended up leaving with more. I’ve develop a new network of friends and colleagues within the Athenian art ecosystem whom I look forward to continuing a deep and expansive dialogue with. I leave this residency with a renewed focus and urgency that will be a key catalyst that will drive the next chapter of my curatorial practice. I’m thankful to the ARCAthens team and board, for putting together a such a robust and thoughtful program for myself and Cullen. I have been forever changed!

Larry Ossei-Mensah
ARCAthens Curatorial Fellow, Spring 2019

The residency provided by the ARCAthens changed the way I see the world and affirmed my beliefs in humanity. This venture to Athens was my first but hopefully not my last. The residency has provided me with relationships, ways of making work and thought processes that will last for a lifetime and offer new trajectories in my art making practice. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be the first of hopefully a long list of artists and curators to follow.

Cullen Washington Jr
ARCAthens Visual Art Fellow, Spring 2019

I want to try to describe what it feels like to leave the United States weekly narratives of domestic inhumanities as norm. Where another Black Woman was murdered by police in her home in the state of my birth right before I got on a twelve hour flight to the other side of the world. What it is to be here now feeling so close to some kind of free. But I can’t really. I am and will be eternally grateful for the new dreams forming and refining from being here and being welcomed. I know now that I want to be free of deeply engrained thought that I can’t really be Free. It feels like a new desire that has fear falling off of it like drying petals.??

Last sunrise in Athens for this trip. Not the last Forever. I’ve had multiple conversations about the uniqueness of Athenian sunshine. Being from Los Angeles I’d like to think I know some things about sunshine. Here it’s been like some kind of radiant honey light. Inside and out. I’ve felt spoken to in my own silence here, by timing, by people, by archives, by art works, by sacred sites, architecture, slices of ancient narratives of human history. Eleni told me that Greeks have many words for the Sun. Yesterday I sat in my packed up room at Atopos and marveled at the behavior of the sunlight through the window. Spilling its spectrum all over me. Greeks have many words that hold the complexity of experience. There’s one about joy, pain, and transcendence that Antonis told me about. I want to be back here for so many reasons. Thank you, ARCAthens for altering my course it such a beautiful way. I am eternally grateful.

Tomashi Jackson
ARCAthens Visual Art Fellow, Fall 2019

Being an ARCAthens fellow was one of the most positive and fulfilling professional experiences of my life. The residency offered a multitude of unique opportunities to know a range of leaders in the Athens art scene and be exposed to some of the most significant ancient sites in the world. As a curator, it was both centering and inspiring to spend time with wide variety of Greek artists in their studios and have in-depth conversations with the curators, writers, and activists of Athens. I profoundly admire the work and dedication of this creative community and look forward to promoting what I have witnessed in Athens to the broader world.

I would highly recommend this residency to any artist or curator, but particularly someone seeking out an opportunity to reorient or “reset” their practice in a rich, urban environment outside the more well-trodden artworld routes. The more curious the individual, the more they will get out of the experience.

Miranda Lash
ARCAthens Curatorial Fellow, Fall 2019