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The view of Athens
One of our studios
The studio building has abundant natural light
Artists enjoying a drink at the cafe downstairs
Discussing works in progress in the studio center

Athena Standards Residency

The Athena Standards residency program provides the artists with an open format studio space in a re-purposed commercial building, located in a bustling neighborhood of coffee shops, bars and restaurants and conveniently situated next to the Kato Patissia Metro stop. The studio boasts abundant natural light, and includes such amenities as a communal workspace/ woodshop, storage for works in progress, a kitchenette and lounge, keypad access and a security guard in the evenings, as well as a studio manager to provide assistance five days per week.

Artists are provided shared housing with other residency artists in apartments around Athens, in proximity to the studio premises. We are pleased to be able to offer the support of our staff, in acquainting the artists with their surroundings and giving advice on everything from locating art supplies to grocery stores, the local nightlife and negotiating the Metro system.

Integrally, professional development opportunities abound throughout the residency program. It is our mission to allow for the exchange of ideas and to provide for the opportunity to form lasting professional relationships with international colleagues. Athena Standards’ in-house art historian and curator, Elizabeth Plessa, will be visiting the studios of the resident artists regularly to discuss the progress of their work.

The residency session lasts a minimum of one month. However, we encourage residents to consider staying for two months or longer, in order to develop a deeper knowledge of the city. We open all sessions within the year to applications, and reviews of applicants are conducted on a monthly basis. The Selection Committee includes a variety of art practitioners spanning the cultural sector in Greece and abroad. We are able to accommodate 12 artists per residency session.


Athens: Greece

Athena Standards Residency was born of the idea that the city of Athens offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience simultaneously the vibrant urban culture of a contemporary city and the rich history of an ancient cosmopolitan center. documenta 14 put the city of Athens on the map of the contemporary art scene, and as a result there has been an influx of art practitioners to Athens. The city continues to be an artistic hub, welcoming people from all over the world, who have found new ground to express their ideas. Athens Standards Residency was initiated in response to the need for dedicated space and community, in order to carry forth in the vein of cultural production and exchange. 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.


  • Residency Length: One month to twelve months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 12


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    We invite emerging, mid-career, and established artists to apply. ASR welcomes international applicants, primary languages spoken are English and Greek. Collaborative teams must apply and be accepted individually.

  • Application deadline: March 31, April 30, May 31
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    The Athena Standards Residency is open year round, with residency periods of one to twelve months. We are currently accepting applications for all sessions May 2018- January 2019, on a rolling basis. The application period closes one month before the residency is set to begin (i.e. March 31 deadline for June residency). Applications are reviewed on the 1st of each month and artists are notified by the 5th. Selection does not secure a spot, only the submission of the deposit; 35% of the residency fee, secures the reservation. The remainder of the residency fee is due one month before arrival. Artists that apply on the closing date must be prepared to submit the entire fee upon acceptance. All applications are reviewed by our International Selection Committee on a monthly basis, in the order they are received. Early application is encouraged; early applicants have a greater opportunity to select their studio of choice, as well as their preferred months. The residency fee is refundable at 50% up until one month before the residency session begins.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Artists-in-residence are housed in shared apartments around the Athens city center. We provide our artists with monthly metrocard passes.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    The studio building is located in a neighborhood bustling with coffee shops, bars, and inexpensive places to eat.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Film / Digital editing, Painting, Photography (digital), Printmaking, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    We are able to accommodate studio artists working in painting, drawing, mixed media, installation, performance, printmaking (without the use of a press), and digital media, digital editing and digital photography. We have twelve semi-private studio spaces, a room for storing paintings, a communal wood shop/ wood working space, a lounge, and wifi for the building. At this time we are also able to offer the unique opportunity to mount an exhibition/installation an a floor yet to be renovated.

Residency Fees

The application process is free and open to all. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications submitted through our website will be considered: The cost of the residency program is 1500 Euro for the one month period. We are offering a summer rate of 1200 Euro/ month for the months of June, July and August 2018. Artists that choose to stay for more than one month receive a discounted rate of 10% off the second and third consecutive month and 20% off the fourth and subsequent months. We encourage artists to consider staying more than one month in order to gain a deeper understanding of Athens as a cultural hub.

Stipends / other support

The residency fee includes shared housing in Athens, with another residency artist, and full access to the Athena Standards Studio. The studio building is keypad entry, and staffed by the Studio Manager on weekdays, and a security guard in the evenings. The residency fee also includes a monthly Metro pass. Currently, we don't offer any grants or stipends, however we strive to keep our residency program affordable for emerging and established artists through subsidization of our facilities by private donors. We are happy to provide a letter of acceptance for artists seeking outside funding.

Additional expectations / opportunities

A series of visiting artist talks of various practitioners of the cultural industry have been organized so that by the end of their stay in Athens the ASR residents will have experienced a comprehensive consultancy regarding their practice. The residency program concludes with an open studio event in which members of the artistic community are invited to tour the studios and see the final works. At this juncture we also have the unique ability to be able to offer artists-in-residence the opportunity to curate and/or collaborate on a pop-up exhibition on one of the floors of our building that has yet to be renovated. With the same footprint as the studio floor, it is approximately 4200 square feet of raw space, formerly office space. Artists may put together performances, installations or screenings, working under the guidance of the Studio Manager and Program Director.

Contact Information

420 East 64th Street
Apt. E 10B
New York, New York 10065
United States