Athens Artist In Residence

Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) Artist in Residence

Athens Artist in Residence


The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) is a research centre of the University of Sydney and is recognised by the Greek Government as the official Australian national institution for archaeological research in Greece. The AAIA is now extending a warm welcome to scholars and practitioners in the creative arts, who have traditionally worked beside archaeologists.

The School of the Arts, English and Media at UOW is delighted to be able to offer a month's residency at the AAIA throughout December 2018. The successful applicant will be accommodated in the AAIA Hostel in Athens and be awarded $1,500 towards travel. The residency is research only. It is not a studio residency.

The residency is open to:

  • a graduate (up to 5 years) of an Honours or a Higher Degree by Research of the UOW School of the Arts, English and Media, with preference for a creative discipline of visual arts, theatre and performance music or writing; or
  • a staff member (preferably no more than 5 years post completion of PhD) employed on a full-time or part-time and permanent basis with the School of the Arts, English and Media.

"it is the Acropolis made a rebel of me...the Parthenon. Stark, stripped, economical, violent; a clamorous outcry against a landscape of grace and terror" - Le Corbusier, 1911  

The University of Wollongong greatly acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Emeritus Professor Diana Wood Conroy.

If you have any questions about the residency or application process please contact -

Previous AAIA residents

2018: Terumi Narushima

Terumi Narushima - AAIA small

Composer, performer and scholar, Dr Terumi Narushima is a Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Creative Arts - Music. Terumi's practice as a musician and microtonal tuning theorist means that she is approaching her residency from several perspectives. One of her current Global Challenges research projects is a 3D-printed double helix flute, which is 'somewhat reminiscent of the double reeded instruments depicted on ancient vases.' She notes that 'the study of ancient Greek music has relied extensively on visual artefacts such as paintings of musicians and their instruments on Greek pottery.'

2017: Robert Howe


An established artist, Robert, who completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2000 and a Master of Creative Arts (Research) in 2013, sees his proposal for Athens as a natural development from previous creative inquiries. His particular interests lie in exploring the emergence and development of modern Greek painting, from the time of the Greek impressionists onward.

Read about Robert's experience in Athens (page 17) >

2016 Recipient: Shelley Webster

Shelley Webster completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours, Class I) in 2015 and is a current PhD candidate. Having trained in painting and photography, Webster is interested in the ways that images convey knowledge. By incorporating interdisciplinary methods and unconventional techniques, Webster researches different approaches to knowing and perceiving through her practice.

Read about Shelley's experience in Athens (page 20) >

2015 Recipient: Hannah Gee


A 1st class Honours graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA) Visual Arts, Hannah was 2015's recipient of the Artist in Residence award.  Hannah whilst on her month's residency, visited remarkable sites of antiquity and museums, and particularly the opportunity to immerse herself in her own art practice through drawing, animation and video. She also drew a strong parallel between Australia’s Indigenous arts and culture drawing a powerful connection between the arts and cultural experiences of two very different worlds.

Last reviewed: 12 February, 2019