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+359 Gallery International Resident Program

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International resident program

Gallery +359 is located in the building of a preserved water tower in Sofi­a, Bulgaria. It was designed in 1903 by the German engineer Franz Salbach, and the structure was finished in 1929. 27 meters tall, it was built at the highest point of the Lozenets district in So­fia (610.40 m), based on a French system for construction of water towers with reinforced concrete and brick masonry. The tower’s tank, now hosting various video and audio projects, has a volume of 100 cubic meters. In the past, apart from being a hydraulic structure, the architecture of the building permitted it to serve as a watchtower.

The residency provides a working stay in Sofi­a from two weeks to a month, at the invitation of the gallery, to create a site-speci­c project for the Water tower space. The stay will be split in two parts, the speci­cs of which depend on the artistic practice of the resident - a research period and a production period. Within the Resident Program, the artist will make a presentation of his or hers work to the public and will draw up an exhibition plan. The date of the presentation will be decided according to the exhibition schedule and the artist’s possibility to stay. Gallery +359 will provide a studio, will cover the travel expenses, as well as production costs for the exhibition, as the budget will vary depending on the project. The artist will donate a work for the contemporary art collection of Gallery +359.

Provided for the artists:

accomodation

travel expenses

working studio for the production period (if needed)

production expenses (up to 1500€)

curatorial and technical assistance

communication in relation to the event (design, printing, distribution of mediа)

Residency period:

June-July 2021: Research and Production period OR June-July 2021: Research period and additional production period before the exhibition

The application files must include the following:

Outline of a project proposal

CV (up to 4 pages)

Portfolio and/or publications with a selection of 3–5 relevant projects (PDF)

Candidates are requested to send their applications before  December 31, 2020 by email or Wetransfer to the following address: irp@plus359gallery.com

Deadline: 
12/31/2020

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INTERCULTRURAL | Radical Imagination for Lively Villages

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Ideas Factory Association (Sofia, Bulgaria) is pleased to announce an open call to artists to participate in a 1-month artistic residency, which will be held in the villages of Deleina and Sinagovtsi (Vidin district) in Northwestern Bulgaria. The residency is part of the European Cultural Foundation’s endorsed cultural and social-entrepreneurial initiatives across Europe in the Democracy Needs Imagination program.

The problems that the residency will look for a solution to

The two villages are located in an area of ​​social, cultural and geographical periphery affected by contemporary political and economic processes. Poverty, depopulation, lack of quality access to culture and a broken link between generations are all part of the consequences of these processes. Therefore, the villages in the area need new approaches that incorporate creative imagination and the means of art as drivers for a beneficial change.

European democracy suffers from a syndrome of radicalized discontent resulting from the breakdown of healthy community ties and trust. We can respond to this by creating an occasion for a meeting between cities and villages, across generations, cultures and life experiences, which will spread messages across Europe of solidarity, empathy and understanding beyond the black and white perspective.

Residencies will provoke and create occasion for a new type of connection – to people and the place itself, but also vice versa – to the broader perspectives and networks that residents bring to these places. The topics and questions that guest artists will work on are: what can be radical artistic actions to defend a position, what can the art of overcoming the inequalities and injustices we see in contemporary society have to offer.

How?

The residency will last for 1 month and will take place from 1 -30 June 2020. It will seek creative answers to the aforementioned problems of our time, paving the way from the periphery to the center and back.

10 artists, visionaries and activists from Bulgaria and other European countries will be accommodated in the homes of local people in the villages of Sinagovtsi and Deleyna. They will communicate with the local people, listen to their needs and stories and use the local community centers for their creative activities. At the end of the residency, during a community event, they will present their artistic projects that in participatory way response to the problems. The final exhibition presenting the artistic responses will be shown first in the villages, then in the regional town of Vidin and finally in Sofia.

Participants will be selected by an open call and interview. Their projects will be implemented, presented, published, exhibited and commented on in the next five months after the end of the residence.

Prizes Details: 

Residents will be provided free of charge:

– accommodation and food during their stay at the home of local people;

– travel costs (up to 150 euro for EU countries and up to 55 euro for Bulgaria and Balkan countries)

– work space at local community centers.

They will have a small production budget for materials (up to 150 BGN) as use of local resources is strongly encouraged. Any kind of assistance from the curator and project team will be provided to the artists during the residency period.

The selected residents shall pay a participation fee of 100 euro for the whole period of the residency.

Ideas Factory can offer two scholarships covering the participation fee for Balkan artists, who have strong will to participate but limited resources to do that. They will be selected based on their motivation to take part in the residency programme.

Deadline: 
04/15/2020
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OPEN CALL FOR CURATORIAL SCHOOL

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CURATORIAL SCHOOL: COLLABORATIVE PRACTICES
At Swimming Pool, Sofia
13 – 27 November 2019

OPEN CALL 
Until 26 September

Swimming Pool invites you to participate in a two-weeks intense curatorial program to take place from 13 to 27 November 2019 in Sofia. The second edition of our curatorial school focuses on Collaborative Practices, a field of research, action and vision informed by recent changes in society towards new forms of political, economical, technological, ecological and cultural co-existence.

We invite anyone interested in curating and instituting – artists, curators, writers, university students, cultural workers, and professionals –, to take part in a program built on discussions, workshops and talks. Main purpose of the school is to enable learning from immediate experience; therefore, alongside our meetings, we will enter into a process of collaborative writing to examine the dynamics of our encounter. Also, we encourage everyone to participate with an own vision on the topics outlined in the open call that can be framed as fiction or exhibition draft, performative action or a theoretical inquiry; within the school we will have the chance to discuss and exchange so that we grow our tools and imaginary towards meaningful collaborations. 

Talks, workshops and collective encounters with 
Barby Asante, London / Luchezar Boyadjiev & ICA, Sofia / Grégory Castéra & Council, Paris / Dessislava Dimova, Sofia & Brussels / Lubomir Draganov, Sofia / Barbora Kleinhamplová & Institute for Anxiety, Prague / Dragos Olea & Apparatus 22, Bucharest / Lorenzo Sandoval & The Institute for Endotic Research, Berlin / Peter Sit & Apart Collective, Bratislava

Concept and program leader
Viktoria Draganova

Fee
120 euro 

With the support of Programa Kultura Sofia

Deadline: 
09/26/2019

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OPEN CALL: World of Co Artist Residency in Sofia, Bulgaria (April - November)

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World of Co is independent multidisciplinary Artist Residency Program which give you the chance to taste the cultural diversity of Bulgaria and provokes your creativity.

Residents can develop ideas and experiment with different techniques while focusing on a personal project or collaborating with local and international creatives.The aim of the Residency is multileveled - from one side, bringing together international artists and creative people to Bulgaria to exhibit, collaborate, learn and share. From another side, to unveil a different perspective of one not-so-well-known country and its’ artistic potential.
 

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

Accommodation & Shared studio in one

Traditional craft workshops (carpet weaving and wood carving)

Introduction to Bulgarian art & culture: From traditional to contemporary art (series of lectures)

Bulgarian Chit-Chat language lessons

Weekly group meetings

Support with research and project execution

Artist's studio/Museum or gallery visit

Artists' talk – present your art to the local audience

Collective exhibition and the end of the stay

Sofia City Guide - a curated collection of contemporary galleries and museums, art stores, print shops and etc.

Monthly list of art and culture events in Sofia

Bulgarian SIM card

ACCOMMODATION & SHARED STUDIO SPACE

The residency apartment & studio are located in 140m² large space in the city center of Sofia. It has three individual bedrooms. The artists are accommodated in a private fully furnished room, around 15 sqm. The apartment has a fully equipped shared kitchen with oven, fridge, laundry machine, a shared bathroom, extra restroom, and Wi-Fi connection. There is also a shared living room to eat, talk and have fun together. The shared studio space is large open space, part of the same apartment. Equipped with desks, chairs, lamps, easels, including Wi-Fi and all utilities (water, heating, electricity).

ELIGIBILITY

Open for all kind of creatives, emerging and established artists, from all around the world.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

3/4

RESIDENCY FEE

Residency program with provided accommodation: 650€ per month

If you share the room with another artist the price is 500€ per month for each

Deadline: 
04/13/2019
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Open Call for Residency in the middle of the Balkans March - May 2019

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Taste the cultural diversity of Bulgaria and provoke your creativity.

In World of Co Residents can develop ideas and experiment with different techniques while focusing on a personal project or collaborating with local and international creatives.

The aim of the Residency is multileveled - from one side, bringing together international artists and creative people to Bulgaria to exhibit, collaborate, learn and share. From another side, to unveil a different perspective of one not-so-well-known country and its’ art potential.

 

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

Accommodation & Shared studio in one

Traditional craft workshops (carpet weaving and wood carving)

Introduction to Bulgarian art & culture: From traditional to contemporary art (series of lectures)

Bulgarian Chit-Chat language lessons

Weekly group meetings

Support with research and project execution

Artist's studio/Museum or gallery visit

Artists' talk – present your art to the local audience

Collective exhibition and the end of the stay

Sofia City Guide - a curated collection of contemporary galleries and museums, art stores, print shops and etc.

Monthly list of art and culture events in Sofia

Bulgarian SIM card

 

ACCOMMODATION & SHARED STUDIO SPACE

The residency apartment & studio are located in 140m² large space in the city center of Sofia. It has three individual bedrooms. The artists are accommodated in a private fully furnished room, around 15 sqm. The apartment has a fully equipped shared kitchen with oven, fridge, laundry machine, a shared bathroom, extra restroom, and Wi-Fi connection. There is also a shared living room to eat, talk and have fun together. The shared studio space is large open space, part of the same apartment. Equipped with desks, chairs, lamps, easels, including Wi-Fi and all utilities (water, heating, electricity).

ELIGIBILITY

Open for all kind of creatives, emerging and established artists, from all around the world.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

3/4

RESIDENCY FEE

Residency program with provided accommodation: 650€ per month

If you share the room with another artist the price is 500€ per month for each

Residency program without provided accommodation: 350€ per month

 

Deadline: 
02/25/2019
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OPEN CALL 2019: World of Co Artist Residency in Bulgaria

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World of Co is a multidisciplinary artist residency located in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Residents can develop ideas and experiment with different techniques while focusing on a personal project or collaborating with local and international creatives.

The aim of the Residency is multileveled - from one side, bringing together international artists and creative people to Bulgaria to exhibit, collaborate, learn and share. From another side, to unveil a different perspective of one not-so-well-known country and its’ art potential.

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES
Accommodation & Shared studio in one

Traditional craft workshops (carpet weaving and wood carving)

Introduction to Bulgarian art & culture: From traditional to contemporary art (series of lectures)

Bulgarian Chit-Chat language lessons

Weekly group meetings

Support with research and project execution

Artist's studio/Museum or gallery visit

Artists' talk – present your art to the local audience

Collective exhibition and the end of the stay

Sofia City Guide - a curated collection of contemporary galleries and museums, art stores, print shops and etc.

Monthly list of art and culture events in Sofia

Bulgarian SIM card

ACCOMMODATION & SHARED STUDIO SPACE
The residency apartment & studio are located in 140m² large space in the city center of Sofia. It has three individual bedrooms. The artists are accommodated in a private fully furnished room, around 15 sqm. The apartment has a fully equipped shared kitchen with oven, fridge, laundry machine, a shared bathroom, extra restroom, and Wi-Fi connection. There is also a shared living room to eat, talk and have fun together. The shared studio space is large open space, part of the same apartment. Equiped with desks, chairs, lamps, easels, including Wi-Fi and all utilities (water, heating, electricity).

ELIGIBILITY
Open for all kind of creatives, emerging and established artists, from all around the world.

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
3/4

RESIDENCY FEE
Residency program with provided accommodation: 650€ per month

If you share the room with another artist the price is 500€ per month for each

 

 

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