[artinfo] Call for applications: CLICK residency Sofia
Call for Curators
info at callforcurators.com
Wed Feb 28 06:13:44 CET 2018
International curatorial residency in Sofia, Bulgaria
Art Affairs and Documents Foundation, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria and
Credo Bonum Gallery are pleased to announce the launch of CLICK - an
international residency programme for curators. The programme
provides 5-weeks-long residency in the city of Sofia to emerging
curators. The residency covers accommodation, a fee and budget for
the production of an exhibition or other curatorial project.
Furthermore, the programme offers meetings with artists and curators
in Sofia, studio visits, and assistance with research and production
of final projects.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Art Affairs and Documents Foundation is a professional organization
of curators, operating in Bulgaria and internationally. It was
founded by curators Vessela Nozharova, Vera Mlechevska, Dessislava
Dimova and Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva. Individual and collective efforts
of its members are to broaden the understanding of visual art and
culture as part of historical, social and political dynamics. The
organisation often steps in collaborating with many local
institutions and entities and among other activities it mediates
The CLICK residency is realized in partnership between Art Affairs
and Documents Foundation, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, and in
cooperation with the Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia. The platform CLICK
residency is supported by the Sofia Culture Directorate.
The first edition of the programme takes place in the context of the
Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU during the first half
of 2018. The political event of the Presidency is also an important
impulse for the art scene. It is an occasion for a diverse programme
of cultural events in Sofia which aims to present and promote
Bulgarian art, as well as to put it in dialogue with other cultures
across Europe. Participants in the CLICK programme will not only have
the opportunity to experience this extraordinary period for the
Bulgarian art scene, but also to actively take part in it by curating
an exhibition or another curatorial project which will be included in
the official cultural collateral program of the Presidency.
Furthermore, the residency aims at creating a network and offering
the possibility for new encounters and professional contacts which
will eventually lead to future collaborations between international
and Bulgarian curators and artists.
THE PROGRAMME PROVIDES
accommodation for 5 weeks in a separate studio apartment in the very
heart of the city of Sofia
the schedule of the residency is flexible: selected curators can
spend the 5 weeks in Sofia as a single uninterrupted stay, or travel
twice: a research period followed by a separate trip for the
realization of the final project.
fee of 400 EUR
production budget of 600 EUR for an exhibition or other curatorial
exhibition/event space(s) - Credo Bonum Gallery and the gallery of
Goethe-Institut Bulgaria (+ technical equipment)
organised program of meetings with Bulgarian curators and artists,
visits in galleries and institutions, studio visits
assistance for research, production etc.
travel costs are NOT covered, but the organisers can provide a
recommendation letter in case the residents apply for external
funding for covering their travel costs.
Selected curators should take care of health and travel insurances by
In 2018 the programme provides residencies to two curators selected
after the open call.
EXPECTATIONS FROM THE RESIDENTS
Residents are expected to have interest in discovering and learning
more about Bulgarian art scene, in working with Bulgarian artists and
exchanging knowledge, contacts, new practices and more. Interest in
networking, creating professional contacts, exchange and future
collaborations with Bulgarian curators and artists beside the
residency, is highly appreciated.
In conclusion of the residency selected curators have to present a
final project - preferably an exhibition (with Bulgarian artists) or
a performance, a workshop or other public events and experimental
formats. The organisers provide exhibition/event spaces: the Credo
Bonum Gallery and the gallery of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria.
WHO CAN APPLY
Non-Bulgarian emerging curators, regardless of their age or country
of origin, are invited to apply. Curatorial experience of at least
two years or at least three realized curatorial projects are
required, as well as good command of English.
January - opening the call for application
10th March - deadline for application
Mid-end March - informing the applicants and announcing the selected curators
May-June - first possible period for the residencies to take place
October-November - second possible period for the residencies to take place
Interested curators have to submit following documents (in English):
a portfolio with documentation of at least three realized curatorial projects
a cover letter expressing the motivation of the applicant. Mentioning
background knowledge of the Bulgarian art scene, possible topics of
interest for research as well as expressing interest or ideas for the
final project are of advantage. Please, include your desired schedule
for the residency (in which of the two periods and if you spend the 5
week-period in one or two stays - possibly with approximate dates).
Applications to be submitted before 10th March at sofia at goethe.de
Vessela Nozharova - curator and representative of the Art Affairs and
Vera Mlechevska - curator and representative of the Art Affairs and
Dessislava Dimova - curator and representative of the Art Affairs and
Enzio Wetzel and Stefka Tsaneva - representatives of Goethe-Institut Bulgaria
Emile Ouroumov - independent curator
Snejana Krasteva - curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow
CLICK is a project by Art Affairs and Documents Foundation and
Partner: Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia
Supported by the Programme "Culture" of the City of Sofia, Bulgaria
Contact person for further questions: Stefka Tsaneva,
<mailto:click.sofia at goethe.de>click.sofia at goethe.de
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