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Visual Arts Thematic Residency | Plastic - Online 2021





Plastic is everywhere, and is increasingly an object of environmental concern. However, it also provides the basis of our contemporary infrastructures including buildings, clothing, and communications networks. Despite the necessary campaigns for the elimination of single-use plastics, it is a material that cannot be easily dismissed. Plastic is one of the most intimate manifestations of our connections with oil, as it is used in everything from baby bottles to sex toys. It is also one of the foremost materials used in the production of contemporary art, from molds to vinyl to paints.  

This residency explores how we might reconfigure our relations to plastic, seeing it as a material of potential connection, of resilience, of queer productivity without denying its immediate and devastating environmental consequences. What might happen if we thought of plastic as incredibly valuable material, rather than as immanently expendable? We invite makers and thinkers to reimagine their relations with this now fundamental material, to explore processes of recycling and reconstituting, and to pay attention to the uneven materialities of plastic and its affordances as an artistic material.

What does the program offer?
This online program will provide a discursive forum for visual artists, curators, and other cultural producers to explore plastic in relation to their work, communities, geographic locations, and current societal conversations. Participants will form an online community of peers; share work with each other and continue work already in progress; partake in online studio visits; participate in conversations, presentations, and workshops; and engage with faculty and each other to develop ideas, insights, and connections that can be applied to the theoretical and practical development of their practice.  Please see the Itinerary section for an approximation of the program schedule. 

What length of residency is available?
This program requires a dedicated commitment over a period of 3 weeks with the understanding that absence from weekly synchronous activities will be minimal and cannot be made up. 

Who should apply?
This residency is open to visual artists, curators, and academics. Applicants should have completed formal training in visual arts or a field related to this program at the post-secondary level, and should demonstrate a history of exhibitions, publications, and projects. Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply.

***Financial Aid up to 100% available.

Program Dates: July 12 - 30, 2021
Program Deadline: June 16, 2021
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100% scholarship available
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OPEN CALL August - September 2021: for Online Artist Residency



Join the next edition of our virtual artist residency with an inspiring program in collaboration with international artists. With this initiative, we want to enhance connectivity among artists, embrace creativity at home, encourage curiosity in your process.

World of Co Artist Residency was established in 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Our mission is to develop a collaborative platform for artistic and cultural exchange, empower exploration and foster collaboration.


- Learn from international artists during group critiques, discussions, artist talks and meetings. Designed to inspire, facilitate reflection, and improve practice.

- Connect and create: WOC provides artists with the opportunity to create new projects while forming meaningful connections with fellow artists.

- Present your work to a new audience: The program is curated to give artists the opportunity to present their artworks through online exhibition, blog posts, WOC social media channels, and networks.

 - Participate from anywhere in the world: WOC provides a flexible environment to learn, connect, and explore your practice online. All you need is a good internet connection.


More about the program:

- Weekly group meetings throughout the residency hosted by the WOC team

- Group and individual critiques helping you to conceptualize your art projects hosted by professional artist

- Building an effective online presence as an artist. Individual advices on your social media channels and website moderated by the WOC web and graphic designer

- Artist talks and internal networking meetings, discussions with WOC artists

- Online promotion of your art on the social media channels of the organization – Instagram and Facebook. And on the World of Co website and blog.

- Participation in the online group exhibition at the end of the program in our virtual gallery

- Become part of the WOC Alumni network



The program is open to emerging and mid-career artists, curators, art researchers, and creatives from all around the world.


Duration of residency

You can apply for one or two months online residency program for the following sessions:

The one month program will take place in August - September 2021.

The two months program will have sessions starting from August 2021. 

Each session starts from the 5th day of the month.


Residency Fee

The residency fee for a one-month program is 270 EUR, and for two months is 450 EUR.



Apply for the WOC Online Artist Residency until July 20th 2021 on the following link :


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The residency fee for a one-month program is 270 EUR, and for two months is 450 EUR.
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