The idea of residency was conceived and implemented by alumni of ICA Shcool from 2009-2010 Harutyun Alpetyan, Nvard Yerkanyan and Taguhi Torosyan. It is suited for artists, writers, curators, cultural managers, academics and other practitioners providing them with the opportunity to live and work in Yerevan while developing individual projects and immersing themselves in Armenia’s creative sphere. 
Run alongside ICA School, Research and Project Labs, it also enables residents to benefit from collaboration with these departments that draw participants and mentors from a wide range of complementary artistic and critical backgrounds, as well as attend talks, lectures and workshops by local and international prominent curators, artists and thinkers. 
Located in the picturesque area of Aygestan in Yerevan and only a short distance from the city’s flourishing cultural centre, Nest is set in a peaceful district, surrounded by university campuses and parks. Each resident is provided with a room and production and research space during the residency. It is furnished and equipped with WiFi. The building also houses a reading room, classroom, and a kitchen, all of which are open for residents’ use. 
ICA Yerevan also has a beautiful wild garden where most of our talks, discussions, presentations and screenings are held from Spring to Autumn.