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...



A Whale’s Architects,

Alexia Karavela,

Petros Moris,

Ilias Seferlis-Frantzis,

Andreas Sell,

Constantinos Hadzinikolaou


Curated By:

Despina Zefkili, 3 137

20-22 August 2015

Routes In Marpissa

Paros Island

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How and why one retrieves patterns from the past as part of a summer festival? Where does nostalgia start and end? What you can learn today from a loom or from the traditional technique of aluminum castings? What does the home of an intellectual of the ‘70s tell us about craft and the Left today? Can art suggest an alternative route as far as the notorious development of Greece's tourist products is concerned?

The exhibition “Tools”, on the occasion of the theme of this year's festival “Roots in Marpissa”, which is “Patterns”, invites the participating artists to think over what a folk motif can mean today, how it can be reread and reconnected with the present. 

Looking back on techniques of the past (from weaving to filming on super 8 film and the camera obscura), insisting on a certain type of craftsmanship, and appropriating timeless practices of the Greek summer (from walking and observing the countryside to the do-it-yourself open-air cinema, and the sharing of a cake in the courtyard of a church or a square), the artists of the exhibition reconstruct in their own allusive way the “cut threads” of our relationship with the past.


At the same time you can visit the group exhibition At The Baths at Nisyros Island. 


At The Baths

Sterna Art Project 2015

31 July – 30 August 2015


Participating artists:

Alexandra Bachzetsis, Dora Economou, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Kosmas Nikolaou, Paki Vlassopoulou, Poka-Yio.

Curated by: Xenia Kalpaktsoglou