We are World of Co Artist Residency – international multidisciplinary art program, based in the heart of Sofia. We create space for artistic exploration while introducing the vibrant cultural and contemporary art scene in the beautiful capital of Bulgaria. The residency is the first all year round in the country and runs from January to December each year.
The mission of World of Co Artist Residency is to develop a collaborative platform for artistic and cultural exchange, driven by the new inspirations from the people and the city. The residency foster for communication and cooperation between guest artists, their local fellows, galleries, art centers and alternative spaces.
World of Co Alumni consists of more than 100 residents, working in a variety of artistic fields like fine arts, film, literature, fashion, graphic design and etc.
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
• Insights into artistic research – series of sessions
• Building an effective online presence for artists – tips and advises
• Providing technical and research support in the implementation of the artists’ projects
• Group meetings throughout the residency:
Group meetings: Artist talks and goals for residence
Group sharing discussions on progress/issues/problem solving
• Learning the basics of Bulgarian language with World of Co team
• Curated open studio or group exhibition at the end of the stay
• Gallery show organization, artist statements, bios, invites, set up
• Presenting and promoting the artists and their projects produced during the residency through World of Co network, website and social media
• Welcome pack and Q&A on-boarding 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
Duration of residency
Each residency session is minimum two months. If you decide to stay longer, please state it in you application form.
5th March – 30th April 2020
5th May – 30th June 2020
15th July – 10th September
15th September – 10th November
15th November – 15th December /оne month residency program
WOC AiR SPACE
The AiR space CONCEPT is a spacious apartment that occupies the entire floor of a historic residential building from 1895, surviving both World Wars. Despite the fact that the whole space is renovated, some of the details in the interior are preserved and person still can immerse in the days of the Kingdom of Bulgaria. The apartment includes three fully furnished individual bedrooms with bed, nightstand, clothes rack and desk, additional to the one in the studio, where the artists can also create, when they need some privacy. The studio is part of the same apartment – bright open shared space, equipped with big working desks, with comfortable chairs, lamps, easels. Except the private bedrooms, everything else is shared with your future fellows – bathroom, balcony, fully equipped kithchen (with utensils, oven, microwave, coffee machine, toaster, fridge, washing machine). The residents have access to fast Wi-Fi connection, art and travel books, some English novels, catalogs of previous residents and Bulgarian artists. Some basic tools as hammer, screwdriver, level, scissors, pliers, but also wire, tape, glue, paper and some painting materials, donated by previous artists are at your disposal as well.
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.
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.
To Apply for the program please fill our application form: www.worldof.co/apply