PETRA AiR is aiming to provide artists with time, space and freedom to work on their projects. It includes the inspirational atmosphere of the city of Kavala itself. It is still widely unknown among the western artists but some of them who have already been there want to spend in Kavala as much time as possible. Such are Portuguese poet Rui Coias, French-Bulgarian artist Mariangela Anastassova, Barcelona based artist Carlos Herraiz, Ukrainian sacred geometry artist Ruslan Ramazanov, to name a few. There is no specific objective but one important aspect of Petra AiR program is drawing artists’ attention to this area rich of multilayered cultural heritage dating back thousands of years BC. Petra AiR is looking for curious artists who want to broaden their horizons and preferably using old fashioned means: artists working with brushes and pencils; composers writing acoustic music; writers/poets; photographers… The residency helps visiting artists organize and partly funds short inspiring trips which cover an area crossing Greek-Bulgarian border. The ancient Philippi (12 km NW); Xanthi (40 km NE); Drama (35 km NW); off border: Zlatograd (112 km NE); Kovachevitsa (130 km NW); Melnik/Rozhen (160 km NW).
Duration of residency
We prefer stays of at least four weeks. Shorter stays are also possible but they are rather an exception.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Visual Art, Literature, Music/Composition, Film-making, etc.
Studio / Workspace
Private studio on the second floor of the house, equipped with a digital piano, an easel and a 80×150 cm work desk with a view to the Old town and the sea.
Fees and support
€200 for one week; €350 for two weeks; €480 for three weeks; €600 for four weeks. Every extra week after the fourth week costs €125. The price covers lodging, utility bills, power and access to WiFi as well as some materials (such as canvas, frames negotiated on case-by-case basis) Stipends are not available. That’s why we encourage approved applicants to look for grants in their respective countries and provide them with a necessary letter.
Expectations towards the artist