WOC Online Artist Residency
WOC Online Residency is a way to reconnect with the international art community, provoke creative exchange, and expand your art practice through feedback and mutual support.
The focus is on connecting artists and building new networks between them, through dialogue and experimentation. The participants are able to work on specific projects, improve their portfolios, and move on when they feel stuck and need help.
Through active dialogue, exchanging ideas, and critical thinking, the program builds a strong sense of community and artistic collaboration among its participants which lasts after the program ends.
In a friendly and supportive atmosphere, WOC helps artists to continue growing, experimenting and improving themselves as artists.
The program includes
- Regular meetings and activities throughout the month. Approximately three sessions per week.
- Weekly live group meetings with fellow artists, focused on your work – discussion and exchange, helping you to conceptualize your art projects moderated by WOC team.
- Building an effective online presence as an artist. Individual advice on your website and social media channels moderated by web and graphic designer
- Internal meetups and discussions with the WOC Alumni artists
- Exhibit your project in the WOC online gallery at the end of the residency program
- Presenting you on the World of Co website and social media channels (Instagram and Facebook)
- Become part of our international artists’ network, consisting of more than 250 artists across the globe
- Receive an official certificate of participation
The residency fee for a one-month program – 260 EUR, for two months – 460 EUR and for three months – 660 EUR.
Note: If you are applying for external scholarship or funding, World of Co can assist you with necessary documents like an official invitation letter and others.
The online program is open to emerging and mid-career visual artists, multidisciplinary artists, mixed media artists, painters, textile artists, illustrators, designers, writers, sound artists, curators and art researchers from all around the world.
You can apply for one-month, two or three-month residency programs.
In order to get a full experience of the program, we suggest you participate for longer than a month.
Every residency program starts on the 5th day of the month and finishes on the 30th. All of the activities will be held at Google meets. Before the beginning of the program, the World of Co team will send you a monthly schedule with all of the activities and links. Every schedule is created considering the different time zones of the participants and, in others, the timing to be suitable for everybody.
In addition to evaluating the candidate’s portfolio, during the selection, the WOC team pays particular attention to the motivation to join the program.
The selected artists will be informed via email regarding the next steps to join the program.
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM ARTISTS?
• Participatory and respective attitude towards all participants and the WOC team
• Willingness to learn, to experiment and show work in progress or drafts during the sessions
• Attend residency sessions or inform us if you are not able
• Time and space for reflection
• Good internet connection
WOC Online Artist Residency is hosted by the independent art organization World of Co.
Since 2017, World of Co has organized artist residency programs in Sofia, Bulgaria, introducing the Bulgarian art and culture to the international artist community, and also presenting foreign artists to the local scene. The mission of World of Co Artist Residency is to create a platform for exploration and experiments for artists, to build bridges between international artists and to support their art practice.
Performance Artist, Australia
With a practice focused on time-based durational works, sculpture, installation and sound, Ida Sophia weaves the idea of 'Momento Mori' (Remember that you shall die) through her works. Ida uses this narrative to investigate experiences of grief and loss, offering rituals for recovery and renewal through acts of weighted process.
Ida lives and works in Adelaide, Australia.
Textile Artist, USA
Interdisciplinary visual artist, Bulgaria/USA
Zara Monet Feeney
Visual Artist, USA
In her own work, Feeney's paintings are published in Huffington Post, Manifest, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Bizarre, Young-Space, Uproxx, Art in America, and Circle Art periodicals. She has been awarded 14 solo shows and 37 selected group exhibitions in the past 5 years, including Museum of Art and History:CEDAR- Lancaster, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, Brea Art Gallery, CES Contemporary Gallery, 101 Exhibit Gallery, CMAY Gallery, Mash Gallery, CAP Gallery, Eastern Projects Gallery and Torrance Art Museum. Her credentials also include numerous national and international art residencies and first place honors at juried group exhibitions. She recently placed first (out of over 1,000 applicants) in the state-wide juried painting competition, Made in California. She also recently placed first in the Los Angeles juried competition with LA Artcore Gallery (out of over 700 applicants). She works as a college professor at Moorpark College and California State University, Northridge. Her art studio is based in Los Angeles.
Film Editor & Photographer, Bulgaria
Ralitsa Kamenova is a Bulgarian film editor and photographer. In her work, Ralitsa is always interested in documenting what surrounds us and likes to explore controversial stories in conversation with the audience. She has edited short films, documentaries, music videos, and commercials.
Visual Artist, Bulgaria
In my practice as an artist I have been involved in various genres - performing arts, dance, media arts, object, installation. As a result, I have extensive experience in various artistic situations, my approach allows for multiplicity, which can be seen in my works. Despite the diversity, a unifying characteristic can be traced - my psychological and anthropological interest in man.