WORLD OF CO
Multidisciplinary international artist residency program in Sofia, Bulgaria
World of Co is the first all year round multidisciplinary artist residency program in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was initiated in 2017 by independent art organization that wanted to support the local scene and the visiting artists. Until now the international residency program hosted more than 75 artists from 23 countries, working in disciplines like visual arts, writing, painting, curatorial studies, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textile art, mixed media art, printmaking and design.
Open for emerging and established artists, from all around the world. The language of instructions is English.
WORLD OF CO is a multidisciplinary residency - our doors are open for all kind of creative people.
The duration of the Residency is between 1 to 6 months, one-month minimum stay. Every program starts from the begining of the month.
THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:
⋅ Accommodation & Shared studio space in the center of Sofia
⋅ Introduction to Bulgarian art & culture: From traditional to contemporary art (series of lectures)
⋅ Bulgarian language lessons for beginners
⋅ Weekly group meetings
⋅ Two workshops
⋅ Support with research and project execution
⋅ Open studio day or group exhibition and the end of the stay
⋅ Museum / Gallery visit
⋅ Sofia City Guide - a curated collection of contemporary galleries and museums, art stores, print shops and etc.
⋅ Curated list of art and culture events in Sofia
⋅ Options for organizing artists' talk or workshop – present your art to the local audience
⋅ Bulgarian SIM card
ACCOMODATION & STUDIO SPACE
World of Co artist residency have two AiR apartments - “Cooperacia” and “Concept”.
The AiR apartments are situated in a old residential buildings, at a lively main streets in the city center of Sofia. Within walking distance are numerous cafes, restaurants,clubs, art spaces, galleries and art institutions. “Concept” and ''Cooperacia'' are two 140m² apartments with three fully furnished individual bedrooms (around 15m²), bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen with utensils, oven, fridge, laundry machine. The shared studio space is large open space, part of the same apartment. Equipped with working tables, chairs, lamps, including Wi-Fi and all utilities (water, heating, electricity).
AiR apartment CONCEPT : This AiR apartment is ideal for writers, researchers, curators, photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, animators, fashion designers, jewellers, media artists, video / film makers. (Still available rooms for 2019)
AiR apartment COOPERACIA : This AiR apartment is most suited for artists in the following disciplines - visual arts, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textile art, mixed media art, printmaking and design, (Fully booked for 2019)
Program with accommodation in AiR apartment CONCEPT: 750 EUR per month /Still available rooms for 2019 /
Residency program without provided accommodation: 350€ per month
Program with accommodation in AiR apartment COOPERACIA: 650 EUR per month /fully booked for 2019 /
If you are collective or creative duo, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY RESIDENCY IN BULGARIA?
Bulgaria is a country of contrasts and contradictions. The land is at a crossroad - geographically, historically and politically. The mixture of different influences – Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, European, Soviet, Balkan and so on, is still visible in the urban structures, architecture, culture, and traditions.
LIVING IN SOFIA
Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria, a dynamic city with an interesting mixture of Eastern and Western architecture, culture and lifestyle. It is a city with a rich history and friendly vibes. You can explore its eclectic nature through visiting the archeological sites located in the city center next to monumental communist architecture, the Ottoman urban structures and the gentrification of various areas. Within the essence of Sofia, you can capture many artsy side streets and laneways, public spaces where young people gather, as well as local indoor and outdoor markets. Meeting locals, visiting art events in unique spaces, accompanied by the great food and drinks, will make you remember your stay in Sofia.
Bulgaria is an interesting destination where you can discover its’ rich and diverse nature. Whereas it is hiking in the forests and mountains, swimming in the Black Sea or just enjoying the scenic landscapes, you will immediately experience the unique forces of the Bulgarian nature, which will purify and harmonize your mind, consciousness, and spirit. Despite the decrease in population within the Bulgarian villages, they remain the best examples of Bulgarian history. The calm atmosphere mostly stripped of artifice and large tourist groups, are almost essential to visit in order to discover our culture and understand our past. You will witness the local traditions and craft techniques, preserved by the local people. The unique treasure of authentic knowledge and techniques will introduce you to a new world of creative inspiration.