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...


3 137 is an artist run space in Athens founded by three greek artists. The space is used as a studio and opens its gates 3 to 4 times per year to organize exhibitions as also events such as artist talks, presentations and performances. 3 137 is a meeting point for creation and collaboration. An independent initiative that promotes artistic practices and supports experimental ways of art production, curatorship and presentation.

  • Paki Vlassopoulou

    Paki Vlassopoulou was born in 1985 in Athens. She studied Fine Art in a rainy city surrounded by mountains. That was the point when she met the other two members of 3 137, but she never imagined that they would have a that close cooperation. Her practice comes from her weakness on remembering names, terms and dates. Her dream about her studio/ 3 137 is to be a reference point for people and artists that don't consider everything as a fact.
  • Chrysanthi Koumianaki

    Chrysanthi Koumianaki was born in 1985 in Heraklion Crete. She is 1/3 of 3 137. She is an artist as the other 2/3 of 3 137. She also deals with graphic design, one of her greatest loves. She had been for long periods of time more or less, in Ioannina, Athens and London and she ended up in Athens, which looks to her as the most familiar and interesting place to be at the time. The body of her practice is about space and experience, memory and recounting them.

    Recently, after finishing her studies, realized her big need for cooperating and coexisting with other artists, for developing her work as well as discussing and networking with the local scene. This is how she became part of this studio with those particular artists, trying to exchange ideas and communicate with other people outside the studio and wills to create a bigger and more substantial dialogue. 

  • Kosmas Nikolaou

    I was born at Lycabetus, Athens in 1984 which makes me inevitably older than the other two member of 3 137. I studied Fine Art without realizing that it interests me more than other everyday things. Though, I continued studying Architecture in order to feel sure about my decision and realized that their combination interests me most. My practice borrows elements from architecture and other sciences. I sometimes realize that city and architecture show up some stories that I want to deal with. I combine them with historical facts, documents and personal experiences in order to highlight my perspective on public history. My need for cooperation and team building has also made me curate some exhibitions.

    Cohabitation and collaboration at 3 137 is vital for me and I believe that I wouldn't work and succeed my interests in other conditions. I wish to listen to my collaborators with the same interest and expectation as time goes by, as that makes me stronger and wiser to create. At the same time, I wish that 3 137 will be a source of inspiration and creativity for those who have the will to follow it.