Fellowship Program 2019

For the second consecutive year, ARTWORKS invites young artists to apply for the SNF Artist Fellowship Award designed to provide financial support for Greek artists and offer opportunities for career development.

During its  2nd iteration, the Program will support 75 artists working in the following disciplines:

  • Visual arts: Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Installations, Performance, Video art, Multiple and New media, Digital art
  •  Moving image: Fiction, Documentary, Animation
  • Dance: Performance, Choreography

This year, ARTWORKS will also offer 5 awards to curators in order to highlight their role and their contribution to the art scene.

Each Fellow will receive a 8,000€ award to work over a period of eight months, from September 2019 to May 2020. The award will be paid in two equal installments at the beginning and the end of the Program. During the course of the Program, ARTWORKS will invite art professionals and experts in the interest of exchanging ideas and expertise and will also encourage the participants to share their work in progress. The Fellows are expected to actively participate in the Program and will be required to report twice on the development of their artistic practice. 

Application Eligibility

For the SNF Artist Fellowship Program September 2019 - May 2020, artists working in the fields of Visual Arts, Moving Image, Dance & Choreography and Curating as described above are eligible to apply under the following conditions:

  • Are born between 1978 and 1993 (*).
  • Have Greek nationality or have completed 9 years of primary and secondary education or just 6 years of secondary education at a Greek school in Greece.
  • Reside and work in Greece on a permanent basis.
  • Have an annual income of no more than 12.000€.
  • Have completed their undergraduate studies and are not enrolled in postgraduate degrees with the exception of PhD candidates.
  • Have professional experience (e.g. participations in shows, festivals, artist residencies, publications, scholarships, fellowships and/or other awards).

(*) The awards for the 2nd SNF Artist Fellowship will be distributed as follows:

(a) 35 awards to visual artists between the ages 25-35 and 10 awards to visual artists between the ages 36-40 (b) 15 awards to filmmakers between the ages 25-35 and 5 awards to filmmakers between the ages 36-40 (c) 10 awards to dancers and/or choreographers between the ages 25-35 (d) 5 awards to curators between the ages 25-35.

Open Call

All eligible candidates can submit their application online at art-works.gr during the period from February 4 to February 24, 2019. Each candidate may apply in only one category, while previous awardees are not eligible to reapply.

In order to complete the application form, the candidates are required to provide personal information, a detailed resume, an artist statement, work samples (portfolio) and to address questions regarding the Program. Proof of eligibility evidence will also be asked.

Selection Process

The SNF Artist Fellowship awardees will be selected through a rigorous process involving experts, scholars, artists and art administrators (selection committees). The selection process consists of two stages. Ιn the first stage, successfully submitted applications will be assessed on the basis of the eligibility criteria and participation requirements. In the next stage, applications will be rated and ranked by committees of field experts. The selection committee members will examine freely and as they see fit, according to the artists’ technical skills, the aesthetic quality of their work samples, as well as their motivation to participate in the Program.

The finalists will be notified by e-mail no later than 15 June 2019.



Nadja Argyropoulou is an independent curator based in Athens. She studied history and archaeology (BA, Kapodistrian University, Athens) and art history and theory (MA, Essex University, UK). She has worked, as director of Cultural Programming at the Hellenic American Union in Athens, as Head of Cultural for the Office of Greek Presidency of the EU – Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2003, and as assistant curator for the Greek Pavilion in the 2005 and 2007 Venice Biennale. She has cooperated with a large number of cultural institutions and entities, both private, such as Deste Foundation, Onassis Foundation, Neon Foundation, are-events, Prague and public, in Greece and abroad.

Among many exhibitions and interdisciplinary events (dance, theatre, ecology, music, science et.al) she has curated exhibitions such as, "What Remains is Future", an extensive review of contemporary Greek Art at Old Arsakeion School, Patras Cultural Capital of Europe, 2006 /  "Hotel Paradies"- 2nd Athens Biennial, Athens, 2009 / "The Marathon Marathon" project, co-curated with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Acropolis museum Athens, 2010 / "Investigations of a Dog", DESTE – FACE, 2011/ "Ντέρτι Humanism" London, Faggionato Fine Arts, 2011 / Family Business project (initiated by Massimiliano Gioni and Maurizio Cattelan) in New York and Paris (Chalet Society and Palais de Tokyo) for 2013-2014 / "HELL AS Pavilion", Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013 / “Collecting Architecture- Territories” research project [2012-2013, DESTE and GSAPP - Columbia University]/ “Wor(th)ship: Tassos Vrettos”, Benaki Museum, Nov.2015 – Jan.2016, Arles 2016, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography 2017/“Paratoxic Paradoxes”, an international, commissioned- based, three-year curatorial on political ecology, exhibited at the Benaki Museum in Athens [April –May 2017]/ “Making Oddkin-for joy, for trouble, for volcano love”, Nisyros and Gyali islands, Dodecanese, 2018. 

She has written a big number of reviews and texts for books, solo and group exhibitions and edited a number of art related publications.


iLiana Fokianaki is a writer and curator based in Athens and Rotterdam. In 2013, she founded State of Concept Athens, the first non-profit institution of its kind in Athens that promotes Greek and international artists through solo exhibitions and invites international curators to create exhibitions that comment on the current socio-political landscape of Greece and beyond. State of Concept has collaborated with artists such as Laure Prouvost, Hito Steyerl, Basim Magdy and Keren Cytter, most of whom had never exhibited in Greece before. In 2017, a retrospective exhibition of the five years of programming of the institution was presented in KADIST foundation in Paris. In 2016, together with Antonia Alampi she founded Future Climates, a platform that investigates how small-scale organizations of contemporary art and culture can be viable in the future. The platform is issuing a publication of its two-year research in 2019. Fokianaki is a lecturer at the Dutch Art Institute, and has been a guest lecturer in educational institutions in Greece and abroad while taking part in panel discussions in various independent spaces, museums and foundations worldwide such as ICA London, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and others. She is a contributing author in several books among them Curating, Research and the Political (Tabakalera, ed. K. Gregos) and has been publishing articles at art-agenda, Art Papers, e-flux, Frieze, LEAP, Metropolis M, Ocula amongst others. She holds an MA in Arts Criticism from City University London and she is currently working on her PhD about the relationship of art, economy and identity.


Charis Kanellopoulou is an art historian, curator and writer. She holds a PhD in Art History by the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens. Her practice includes curating exhibitions of modern and contemporary art in collaboration with institutions such as the Bank of Greece, the Contemporary Greek Art Institute, the Athens School of Fine Arts and others. She teaches Art History at the Open University of Cyprus and the Hellenic Open University. Her research interests focus on modern and contemporary art, public art, the social character of art and the relationship between artistic creation and archives --she is the editor of the collective volume Kritiki+Techni [Criticism+Art] Vol. 6. Contemporary Art and the Archive: archival collections, artistic practices, reflections. Athens: AICA Hellas, 2015. She is a member of AICA Hellas (the Greek section of the International Association of Art Critics) and of the Association of Greek Art Historians


Nikos Navridis was born in Athens. He studied architecture at  the National Polytechnic School of Athens and arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Since 2008, he has been teaching at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Solo and group exhibitions: When you sing Bernier Eliades Gallery, Athens / Everything was forever until it was no more Riga Biennial, Riga / ANTIDORON EMST documenta, Fridericianum Kassel / Genii Loci The MANEGE, Saint Petersburg / Fear nothing, she says Museo National de Escultura de Valladolid / No country for young  men Bozar, Brussels / A thousand doors Gennadius Library, Athens, ΝΕΟΝ, Whitechapel Gallery, London / Between the optimism…, 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art / Fail better Aeschyleia 2013, Eleusis / Respiro ZOE Foundation, Vicenza / Visual dialogs Onassis Cultural Center, Athens - Zina Athanasiadou Gallery, Thessaloniki / The first image Contemporary Art Center, Sete, France / Transexperiences, Greece 798 Space, Beijing / Take a deep breath Tate Modern, London - Magnus Müller Gallery, Berlin / 18:Beckett,  Blackwood Gallery,Toronto /Venice Istanbul, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul / Always a little further 51st Venice Biennial, Arsenale / Nuit blanche 2004 Hôpital Saint Lazare, Paris / Difficult breaths La Caixa Foundation, Madrid - 2nd Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan / Plateau of humankind 49th Venice Biennial, Greek Pavilion, Venice/ Leaving the island, PICAF, Metropolitan Museum of Busan, Korea / Looking for a place 3rd Biennial SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico / Hot air, Granship, Performing Arts Center, Shizuoka, Japan / On life, beauty, translations and other difficulties 5th International Istanbul Biennial - Museo Universitario Contemporáneo de Arte, MUCA Gallery, Mexico City / Dematerialization 23rd Biennial of São Paolo, Brazil.


Nayia Yiakoumaki is a curator and the Head of Curatorial Studies at Whitechapel Gallery UK, where she developed an innovative program of research exhibitions based on the fusion of art and archives. On an annual basis, she devises the NEON Curatorial Exchange & Award, an initiative which fosters professional relationships for emerging curators, founded by NEON organization and delivered by the Whitechapel Gallery.She has co-directed the Athens Biennale  for 2016-2017 as Director of Research and International Networks. Nayia Yiakoumaki has conceived a number of successful exhibitions and commissions, including John Latham: Anarchive(2010), Rothko in Britain(2012), Aspen Magazine: 1965-1971 (2012), Black Eyes & Lemonade: Curating Popular Art (2013), Stephen Willats: Concerning Our Present Way of Living (2014), Intellectual Barbarians: The Kibbo Kift Kindred (2015-2016), Imprint 93 (2016), Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? (2016-2017). She is currently working on Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America, Staging Jackson Pollock (2018) and Queer Spaces: London, 1980s - Today to be realised in April 2019.



After working for several years as producer and communication and development manager in film and television, Maria Drandaki founded her own production label, Homemade Films, in 2009. With a preference for sharp, cutting edge, innovative cinema, Maria has produced and co-produced several successful short and feature films, which have participated and won awards in several international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam, IDFA, EFA, BAFTA, Palm Springs, etc.). Her credits include internationally acclaimed feature films by Syllas Tzoumerkas (Homeland, A blast) and Yorgos Zois (Interruption), the multi-awarded short film Limbo by Konstantina Kotzamani, A drowning man by Mahdi Fleifel, the debut feature film The gulf by Emre Yeksan and Her job by Nikos Labôt. Her latest production The miracle of the Sargasso Sea by Syllas Tzoumerkas will have its world premiere in Berlin IFF 2019 - Panorama. Projects under development by Homemade Films include feature films by Elina Psykou, Yorgos Zois and Mladen Djordjevic as well as debut feature films by Konstantina Kotzamani, Christos Passalis, Margot Schaap, Ian Waugh and Nikos Kyritsis.  She is a member of the EAVE and ACE networks of producers.


Angelos Frantzis (Athens, 1970) studied film direction at ΙNSAS in Brussels. He has made 5 shorts and 5 feature films (Polaroid, A dog’s dream, In the woods, Symptom, Still river). His films have screened in international film festivals (Rotterdam, Torino, Hong Kong, Sitges, São Paulo, New Horizons, Munich, Istanbul etc.) and won several awards. Besides filmmaking, Angelos has also been involved in art projects working with mixed techniques (installations, performance) and has published film critics and reviews. His latest installation Got to be real was exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (2012).


Jacob Moe is the co-founder and managing director of the Syros International Film Festival, which was founded in 2013 and embeds a wide range of site-specific film screenings, performances and workshops in traditional and repurposed locations across the cycladic island of Syros. As a radio producer, he has hosted regularly recurring live radio programs in Athens (Greece), Los Angeles (USA), and São Paulo (Brazil). His recent Fulbright fellowship at the University of São Paulo involved research on moving image archives and contemporary documentary filmmaking. He is currently in post-production for a documentary film and installation project titled Radio Saracura.



Ermira Goro is a movement, dance theatre artist, always in search of new forms to investigate and communicate her ideas. She graduated from the Greek National School of Dance and  continued her studies in New York with the support of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) and the Koula Pratsika Foundation. In New York, she focused on research and the synthesis of improvisation and created her first choreographies. She has participated in the choreography team responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. From 2007 till 2018, she has been working with the world renowned group of physical theatre,DV8 as a performer, instructor and choreography assistant (R&D). As a choreographer, Ermira has presented her work, among others, at Judson Church, Joyce Soho, Theatre Hora, PS 122, Danspace Project, Galapagos Art Space, Sixrono Theatre, Benaki Museum, Athens School of Fine Arts, Flow 2 International Festival, Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2014/2016, Arc for Dance Festival and Onassis Cultural Foundation.


Anastasios Koukoutas works in the fields of dance theory, dramaturgy and writing. He studied (BA) Communication and Marketing at the Athens University of Economics, (MA) Performing Arts Administration at Accademia Teatro alla Scala (in collaboration with Bocconi University), Ethnomusicology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (through the e-learning course Greek Music Culture and Education). He has worked, in the publishing field, as a contributor and editor for art institutions and organizations such as: Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Onassis Stegi, Dimitria Thessaloniki Festival, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall and others. He has worked as a dramaturg in theatre and dance performances (Athens Festival, Onassis Stegi, Experimental Stage of the National Theatre in Greece, Arc for Dance Festival, Porta Theatre and others). He contributes frequently at dancepress.gr, springbackmagazine.com, artivist.gr and teaches dance history at AKTINA. He has  performed for Denis Savary (Lagune, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens,2016), Virgilio Sieni (Biennale Danza, La Biennale di Venezia, 2016), Pierre Bal Blanc (documenta14, 2017), Dora Garcia (Megaron -The Athens Concert Hall,2018) and others.


Christos Papadopoulos (Nemea, 1976) graduated from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) of the Amsterdam School of the Arts (Bachelor of Dance - Choreography). Prior he graduated from the Dramatic School of the National Theatre of Greece and also holds a B.Sc International and European Studies Department from the Panteion University of Athens. He is a founding member of the dance company Lion and the Wolf. His personal projects include Ion, Opus and Elvedon. As a performer, he has participated in dance projects by Dimitris Papaioannou, Alexandra Waieshtall, Kirstin Kuyl Anderson, WEGO dance company, Robert Stain,Ria Higler, Fotis Nikolaou and others.
Being equally interested in theatre productions, he has collaborated, as a choreographer and movement designer, with theatre directors including Dimitris Karatzas, Michail Marmarinos, Giannis Kakleas, Thomas Moshopoulos, Vasilis Nikolaidis, Vasilis Mavrogeorgiou, Kostas Gakis and others.  He has participated in the choreography teams responsible for the opening ceremony in the European Games Baku 2015 and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games Athens 2004. Since 2013, he has been collaborating with the Drama School of the Athens Conservatoire as an instructor of choreography, composition and improvisation. He has also delivered workshops on technique, composition and improvisation in Athens, Chania, Thessaloniki, Copenhagen and Aarhus.



Anna Kafetsi, a PhD holder in Aesthetics/Theory of Art (Sorbonne-Paris I), is the founding director (2000-2014) of EMST, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens,  and a former curator for the XX century Collections at the National Gallery, Athens. Since 2017 she is the founding director of annexM Visual Arts Center at Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall. She curated many exhibitions including Metamorphoses of the Modern-The Greek experience, 1992, Russian Avant-Garde-The G. Costakis Collection, 1995, Synopsis 1-3, 2000-2003, Transcultures, 2004, Videographies, The first decades, 2005, The Grand Promenade, 2006, Transexperiences, 2008, Politics of Art, 2010, SonicTime,λόγος-ήχος-σιωπή, 2012, The Garden sees, 2017, the trilogy The unwritten library, 2018-2019, as well as shows by artists Vlassis Caniaris, Chen Zhen, Kimsooja, Shirin Neshat, Y.Z. Kami, Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries, Yang Fudong, Gulsun Karamustafa, Μaaria Wirkkala, Carlos Garaicoa, Dilek Winchester among others. She is the author of many catalogues, essays and monographs.


Christopher Marinos (Athens, 1975) is an art historian, art critic, and curator. In 2018, he curated the exhibition Rena Papaspyrou: Staircases at the House of Cyprus in Athens and an exhibition with the paintings of the architect Dimitris Fatouros at the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece in Athens. In 2017, he curated the retrospective exhibition Modelling Phenomena of the artist Christos Tzivelos at the Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annexe) along with Bia Papadopoulou, the group show Anafora periptoseon (Report on cases) at Zoumboulakis Gallery, as well as the exhibition Epigrams at Nitra Gallery, Athens. He has edited a large number of publications on contemporary Greek art, including Possibilities: Interviews with Young Greek Artists (futura, 2006), The Work of Curating (AICA Hellas, 2011), Maria Karavela (AICA Hellas, 2015) and Vlassis Caniaris (Cultural Foundation of Tinos, 2016). In 2008, he founded the online art journal kaput. From 2012 to 2015, he was the president of the Hellenic Section of the International Association of Art Critics - AICA Hellas. In 2013, he formed part of the curatorial team of the 4th Athens Biennale AGORA and chief editor of the two accompanying publications (Guidebook and Anthology).


Fay Zika is associate professor of Philosophy and Theory of Art at the Art Theory and History Department of the Athens School of Fine Arts. Her research interests include color theory and practice, multisensory perception and aesthetics, identity and gender, the relation between art and nature, the relation between philosophy and the arts and sciences. She has published articles in Greek and international journals, in collective volumes and exhibition catalogues. She is the author of Arts and thoughts: Philosophical investigations in contemporary art (Agra, 2018) and the editor of the Greek translation of David Batchelor’s Chromophobia (Agra, 2013), the exhibition catalogue Absence (Nisos, 2013) and the collection of essays Art, Thought, Life: The aesthetic philosophy of Alexander Nehamas (Okto, 2014).

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