Phoenix Athens Gallery and Residency aims to demonstrate how art and design can transform societies and individuals through exciting and tangible new perspectives.

Two large, well-lit galleries provide artists with a chance to exhibit their practice and connect with a wider audience. Phoenix Athens has exhibited over 100 artist from Greece and abroad in just under five years.

    The Villa Exarchia Residency provides artists, academics and creatives with a welcoming space in central Athens. The residency provides a well-rounded experience with individual live-work studios, a dedicated production facility, and possibilities for networking with local creatives.

The residency program evenly balances craft, theory and social engagement through close collaborations between artists and members of the creative community. 


Regular activities are scheduled throughout to the year to include public workshops, performances and events. 

Candidatures for our residency program, and expressions of interest for creative collaboration are reviewed on a rolling basis.



Encounters, through art, ethnography, and pedagogy
Thursday 24 to Saturday 26

11:00 - 15:00 and 17:00 - 20:00

Chris Gaynor


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It has been an honor to features works by students from ENCOUNTERS (under the umbrella of the ETHNOFEST project). The four-day event featured installations and films by students and faculty from several European countries following a 3-week summer course intensive which took place on the island of Lesbos this past summer. 

ETHNOFEST was created in the framework of the European Encounters Project. Partner institutions include the University of Agder (Norway), The University of the Aegean, The University of Amsterdam and RAKETA (Sweden) and sponsors: Onassis, Niarchos and the French Embassy (to name a few)

For more information about ongoing Ethnofest events, please visit the website here or follow the fb page for updates.

Chris Gaynor is an Australian artist from Cyprus now based in Greece.

For Gaynor, visual stimuli, the works of other artists, and details observed within the surrounding environment form the basis for practice. For his residency at The Villa Exarchia, Gaynor has focused upon the Cypriot poet Evagoras Palikarides and his poem: I Shall Take an Uphill Road. Gaynor examines the symbolism attached to the act of walking uphill - the laborious pursuit of freedom, of pure intention and the work involved, while searching for the authentic word.


Gaynor's exhibition, entitled UPHILL opens Friday December 2nd; 7 to 11pm 

Address: Gallery 2 on Asklipiou 89

UPHILL runs from 2nd to December 13th.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 12 to 6pm

Saturdays by appointment : 6970516245




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Ana Georgatou with young students at Phoenix Athens Gallery in Summer 2022.

Phoenix Athens does its part to encourage lifelong learning.

If you, or somebody you know would like to use our spaces to conduct a workshop or event please get in touch with us at:


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GREEN ATHENS is both a company and a research initiative under the umbrella of Phoenix Athens that provides garden design consultation and a line of custom-made upcycled furniture, and guided field trips to Lycabettus and Strefi Hills.

For more information about GREEN ATHENS, visit the website here.


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