An artist-run space is a gallery space run by artists, thus circumventing the structures of public and private galleries. Artist-run spaces have become realised as an important factor in urban regeneration. This effect was particularly strong in Glasgow, where the city won the accolade 'European Capital of Culture' in 1990, largely due to the large number of artist-run exhibition spaces and galleries.[1] Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist coined the term "The Glasgow Miracle" to describe this. Examples of artist-run spaces include City Racing, BANK, studio1.1, [2] Studio Voltaire, Cubitt and Auto Italia South East in London, Milwaukee's BATHAS Internationale...



An Archive

3 April - 22 May 2017


Opening Hours:

Monday 12.00 - 14.00 

and by appointment

(closed on 17.04 and 01.05)

*Special opening hours 

during d14 opening:

08 & 09 April 2017 12.00 - 14.00 and by appointment

3 137 continues the series of events After the Explosion... you Hear the Light which started on December 2016 about art during the decade of 1970 in Greece and opens the space to present posters, books and archival material of the time. On that note, we create a publication, an imprint of the research carried out during meetings, discussions and actions, aspiring to a re-interpretation of findings, in collaboration with Paraguay Press, based in Paris.


We are very happy to invite you to After the Explosion... you Hear the Light: An Archive. Every Monday during April and May the space will be open to the public introducing photos, documents, video and memorabilia from a visit to the Greek 70's. The archival material has been collected over the last year from artists of the time, art historians, friends and ISET Institute of Contemporary Art and Deste Foundation Archive. The space will open especially during d14 opening on Saturday and Sunday 08,09 April at 12.00-14.00.


In the aftermath of May ’68 and the ideological and political debates that defined “Metapolitefsi”, the art of the 1970s addressed major historical and social events of its time, but also posed questions regarding the form of art, institutional critique and art’s perception by the public.


After the explosion…you hear the light constitutes an attempt to understand the events and imperatives of an era which stimulated artistic explorations and actions, but also to reflect on the particular identity of artists from this period and the issues they raised for the first time in our country through their works; to consider their affinities with the present and examine their perspectives and the answers they gave to questions and hypotheses that, half a century large, remain unsettled, relevant to artistic practices and motivate younger artists.


We are not interested in historicization but, to the contrary, we rather aim to create an interactive condition through which, by exploring the issue of continuity and discontinuity of artistic tradition, we will reflect on the following questions: What happened from then till now? How is that era reflected in the present? How is contemporary production related to that of previous generations’? How do we read earlier artworks stimulated by today’s events? Doubt and liberation, politics and expression, turmoil and refutation of conventional typologies, artistic creation and discourse interweave in a broadened discussion, which discloses the rupture that occurred in the traditional interpretations of artworks and ideas in Europe during the 70s.


Research Collaborator: Klea Charitou






Thanks everyone for the interesting proposals! The winning proposal will be announced in a few days!

For the first time, the 3 137 artist run space announces an open call for exhibition proposals, one of which will be realised in 2017. 3 137 is an initiative led by three artists which functions as a collaborative project space. Its public program is a narrative conceived as a joint dialogue between its founders, invited individuals and the surrounding community.

On its fifth anniversary, 3 137 is happy to announce an open call for ideas, exhibition proposals, collective initiatives and suggestions for solo presentations by artists, curators, writers, musicians, cooks, astronomers, architects, designers, scientists or amateurs of any kind.

The one selected proposal will be realised in May/June 2017

You can download the application form here

Dimensions of the space

During the selection process advisory meetings will take place with Poppy Bowers (Curator at Whitworth Art Gallery), James Bridle (Artist and Writer), Alexandra Ikonomou (Gallerist), Irini Bachlitzanaki (Artist), Iris Likourioti (Architect, Professor at the University of Thessaly) and Evita Tsokanta (Independent Curator). These meetings aim for a wholistic view of the submitted proposals, taking into consideration the level of proximity of the above mentioned practitioners to the subsistence of the artistic scene of Athens. The final decision for the open call will be made by the founding members of 3 137, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Kosmas Nikolaou and Paky Vlassopoulou.

We're looking forward to your proposals!