By bringing together different areas of practice, WoC generates new artistic processes and fosters creative energy.
World of Co Artist Residency (WoC) is the first all-year round international artist residency program in Bulgaria. The initiative started in 2017 with the mission to create space for artistic exploration and to introduce international artists to the cultural life of Sofia. So far we welcomed more than 100 artists from all around the world, working in art, film, literature, fashion and other creative disciplines.
Living and working in the beautiful AiR apartment in the city center of Sofia, participating artists dive into friendly, comfortable but experimental atmosphere. The Residency is designed for artists at all stages of their careers interested in experimenting with new techniques, developing new work, or focusing on research.
The end of the residency will be celebrated by showcasing the projects in a group exhibition.
AiR PROGRAM – PROVIDED ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
- Private room and desk in shared studio space in the AiR apartment, in the hearth of Sofia
- Curated cultural program – artist visits & meetings
- Providing technical and research support in the implementation of the artists’ projects
- Curated open studio or group exhibition at the end of the stay
- Presenting and promoting the artists and their projects produced during the residency through World of Co network, website and social media
- Group meetings throughout the residency:
- First group meeting: Artist talks and goals for residence
- Group sharing discussions on progress/issues/problem solving
- Gallery show organization, artist statements, bios, invites, set up
- Building an effective online presence for artists – tips and advises
- Learning the basics of Bulgarian language with World of Co team
- Welcome pack and Q&A onboarding session – practical information about your life in Sofia
- Selected list with independent art spaces, institutional art galleries and museums, art supply stores, print shops, hardware shops, bars, restaurants in Sofia
- Curated list of art and culture events happening in Sofia during your stay
- Bulgarian SIM card
- Cleaning service
Why artist residency in Bulgaria?
Bulgaria is a country in Eastern Europe, with a rich cultural history and blooming contemporary art scene worth to be discovered. Moreover the entangled Orthodox and pre-Christian beliefs and rituals, make it interesting for learning symbols and mythology. The mixture of different influences – Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Soviet and European, is still visible in the urban structures, architecture, culture, and traditions. As a country in the heart of Balkans it is a great starting point for discovering the neighbouring countries.
Sofia is a vibrant capital, nestled in Vitosha Mountain – nice escape for picnics, hiking or skiing. The city is full of parks and green areas, but also cafés, bars and restaurants where you can try the tasty Balkan cuisine. While exploring independent art spaces, galleries and museums, you will be surrounded by buildings from the Roman empire, to Art Nouveau, Brutalist communist structures and modern surroundings. If you stay in Sofia it is easy to find art supply stores and printing services on affordable prices. The city is also connected to the rest of the country with buses and trains, if you want to discover the rest of the country.
Duration of residency
5th March – 30th April 2020 / one available spot /
5th May – 30th June 2020 / one available spot /
15th July – 10th September
15th September – 10th November
15th November – 15th December /оne month residency program/
Each residency session is two months. If you decide to stay longer, please state it in you application form.
World of Co AiR apartment and studio ‘’Concept’’ is situated in a 1895-residential building, at a lively main street in the city center of Sofia. Within walking distance are numerous art spaces, galleries, museums, cafes, restaurants, bars, grocery and hardware stores. “Concept” is 140m² apartment with three fully furnished individual bedrooms with bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen with utensils, oven, microwave, coffee machine, toster, fridge, washing machine. The apartment is also equipped with iron, hairdryers and laundry hangers.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
This opportunity is open to artists of all ages, at any point in their career. Like visual artists, textile artists, media artists, multidisciplinary artists, photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, animators, fashion designers, jewellery designers, educators, video / film makers, from all around the world.
Both new projects and projects that are in development but are not yet completed are eligible. Candidates will be selected based on the strength of their project as well as their ability to deliver, and a demonstration that the residency will be beneficial.
Studio / Workspace
The shared studio space is bright shared open space, part of the same apartment, equipped with working tables, chairs, lamps, easels, including Wi-Fi and all utilities (water, heating, electricity).
In the studio you have access to our small library – art and travel books, also some English novels. There is also a basic tool set as hammer, screwdriver, level, scissors, pliers, but also wire, tape, glue, paper and some painting materials donated by previous artists.
Fees and support
The duration of the residency is at least two month(except December 2020).
Тhe fee is 850 euro per month, including all mentioned residency activities and services, group exhibition, accommodation and shared studio space in the center of Sofia and related utility bills.
Expectations towards the artist
The artists are expected to engage with the residency and local community.
Artists are not required to create and present a finished piece of work; they can choose to share their creative process instead. Exhibitions are arranged on a case-by-case basis, depending on the characteristics and the quality of work.
Please submit your application on: www.worldof.co/apply