Mission and Purpose
The Sofia Art Residency is a unique and fully equipped living and studio space for Canadian artists to create work while living in Sofia, Bulgaria. The residency offers a platform to engage in a dialogue with the local community and exhibit work at off site locations. The residency is open to artists of all media as well as curators and writers.
The residency is located in Sofia, Bulgaria. Sofia is the capital and the largest city in Bulgaria. The residency’s physical space consists of a large two-bedroom apartment and adjacent studio. The apartment is centrally located, walking distance from the business and cultural centre of the city. There are many street markets, supermarkets, restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood. There is a large park one block away from the apartment, a canal, and many unique architectural styles of buildings in the area. Other cities in the country are easily reached by train or bus from Sofia, making it a great central spot for one or two-day excursions. In addition, Bulgaria is located in close proximity to Turkey, Greece and Romania, which allows for easy travel and exploration of the Balkan Peninsula.
Space and amenities
The apartment offers two large bedrooms, one large living room, kitchen, bathroom and two balconies. It also offers a spacious studio (with a separate entrance) equipped with a kitchenette, running water and West facing windows allowing for a lot of light. There will be an on site manager to aid with any needs such as housekeeping and other needs as they arise.
Yana Kostova, independent curator from Sofia will be heading the programming and curatorial activities of the residency. There are possibilities for programming at a large Soviet style house with an indoor pool in Kniajevo, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sofia, the Red House for Culture and Debate as well as lectures at New Bulgarian University and open studios at the residency itself.