Established in 2001, the Arts Bursary of the British School at Athens (BSA) offers artists the opportunity to develop their practice by spending time in Greece. This exhibition celebrates the work of those artists who have spent time at the BSA over the past two decades. Ranging across painting, film, sound, and sculpture, the artworks showcase the diverse ways in which these artists have engaged with and responded to the BSA, contemporary Athens, and the wider Greek landscape, often drawing on Greece’s deep past and the archaeological activities of the BSA. Each artwork is accompanied by a personal reflection on their residency written by the artist. By coincidence the exhibition also falls within the year in which Greece marks the 200th anniversary of its independence.
Established in 1886, the BSA is the UK’s academic hub for the humanities and social sciences in Greece and its wider Balkan and Mediterranean contexts. Its mission is to conduct, facilitate and promote interdisciplinary cutting-edge research into all aspects of Hellenic culture from the Palaeolithic to the Present.