WOC Online Artist Residency
Apply for 1-month online residency program for the following sessions:
OCTOBER (05.10- 05.11), NOVEMBER (05.11- 05.12), DECEMBER (05.12- 05.01.2021);
WORLD OF CO
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.
MEET & CREATE
EXPLORE & CREATE WITH ARTISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLDS
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.
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.
Interdisciplinary visual artist, Bulgaria / USA
Antonia Dimitrova is a Bulgarian-American interdisciplinary artist who explores what it means to live life to the fullest in the tension of being present to what is, while on the way to something unknown. She creates drawings, monotypes and monoprints that map her process of layering images, words, memories and movement to uncover new layers of meaning. Her work is part of the Wheaton College Permanent Collection as well as private collections in Bulgaria, Spain, Argentina and the United States. Antonia is passionate about building connections between Bulgarian and American artists and creating spaces that nurture rhythms of personal and collective renewal through artistic practice. She holds a B.A. in Printmaking and Art History from Wheaton College, in Massachusetts, a certificate in Intermodal Expressive Arts from the Expressive Arts Florida Institute in Sarasota, Florida and is completing an M.A. in Arts and Conflict Transformation at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Antonia currently lives and works seasonally between Bulgaria and the USA.
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.
Textile Artist / USA
Victoria Manganiello has been featured in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Boulin ArtInfo, Forbes, and Architectural Digest, among others. Victoria has received multiple international, recognized grants, commissions, and residency appointments including from World of Co, Wave Farm, S&R Foundation, Center for Craft, The Wallstreet Journal, Harvest Works, Silver Art Projects, and AIR Gallery. She has exhibited her work internationally including in Romania, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Croatia, and Italy and throughout the USA including at the Tang Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, The Armory Center, and the Queens Museum. She is also an adjunct professor at NYU and Parson's the New School. Exploring the intersections between materiality, technology, geography, and storytelling, Victoria's multi-disciplinary and installation work, abstract paintings, and kinetic sculptures are made meticulously with hand-woven textiles using hand-spun yarn and hand-mixed natural and synthetic color dyes alongside mechanical alternatives and modern technologies.
EXHIBIT IN LOCAL ART SPACE / GALLERY
After time to discover, meet new people and experiment, the residency session finishes with curated group exhibition. The guest artists have a chance to present their projects, created during the program, in contemporary art gallery or art space in Sofia.
Valerie Wilson - Printmaking & Embroidery, USA
"I did a 3 month residency at World of Co and had an exceptional time! Lydia and Stella were very helpful and hospitable! I had full agency to work on my art and had so many resources at hand. Would highly recommend and would definitely do the program again."
Tim Carlier - Filmmaker & Writer, Australia
"Lovely residency run by lovely people. I had such a good experience here, and loved learning about local art and living in Sofia. I can't recommend it highly enough! It made me a better person."
Zara Monet Feeney - Painting, USA
"Absolutely loved my experience at the World of Co Residency. Sofia is a beautiful and fun city, thriving with art and creative individuals. The directors of the residency were so gracious and accommodating with my every need! I couldn't be happier with my time at World of Co. Highly recommend!"
Maja Björk - Textile art & Embrodery, Sweden
"I spent a month in Sofia at World of Co residency, wish I had stayed longer. Beautiful studio and living arrangements, a dynamic program where you get a lot of freedom for your own practice but also some structure to get you into the art scene of Sofia and some Bulgarian traditions. Would totally recommend!"
Filip Gabriel Pudło - Media Art, Poland
"World of Co residency was a great opportunity to focus on my concepts and ongoing art projects. In a truly international community I was able to exchange my thought and collect opinions. During my stay in Sofia I was invited for the individual show as well as had an opportunity to give a lecture and be a part of group exhibition."