The Old School art residency was found in 2010 in Gorna Lipnitsa village, Veliko Tarnovo region, Bulgaria. The building of the residency was a school in the past. The mission of the residency is to bring art and artists back to nature and village way of life. Our idea is by gathering artists in a small Bulgarian place to give them the opportunity to find inspiration and collaborate with the local community. Artists are free to explore village life and they could make it an object of their artworks. Our aim is to support and provoke the creative ideas of the participating artists by providing time for solitude, work and interaction with other artists in a beautiful natural surroundings.

The residency provides workspace for the participating artists ?? 6 indoor workshops and photo studio, open air space ?? the yard of the school, film and concert salon. We provide accommodation for participants ?? rooms in the ex-kindergarten and guest houses in the village, as well.

From 2010 to 2018 the residency was held once a year ?? for 10 days during August. In 2019 the residency will be open to accept artists for longer sessions ?? from May to September.

We choose the artists by jury. The artists could apply for the following disciplines: Painting, Visual arts and Installations, Performance, Photography, Wall-painting, Music, Short films, Land-art.

Every year we organize exhibitions to present the works created by the participating artists. We believe that exhibiting the collected artworks is an essential part of the residency activities.

In 2010-2019 the residency has accepted more than 100 participants from 25 countries and the number of applications are over 700.

Residency Programme since: 2010
Description of Organisation:

Development for Gorna Lipnitsa Association is an organization for realizing public benefit activities, established in 2008. The association works in collaboration with Gorna Lipnitsa municipality and Community center Zora-1887.

Organisation founded in: 2008
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • Bulgarian
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 3
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Sofia Airport
    How to reach by plane: By plane to Sofia and from there by train to Pavlikeni.
    How to reach by train: By train from Sofia to Pavlikeni. We will come to pick you up from the train station.
    Street & Number: Res. area Hadzhi Dimitar, bl.57, ap. 5
    Postal Code: 1000
    City: Sofia
    Country long: Bulgaria
    Res. area Hadzhi Dimitar, bl.57, ap. 5
    Sofia 1000 BGR
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