[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.


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 
intercultural dialogue.

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.


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 
final project
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.

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.


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 CV
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 
Documents Foundation
Vera Mlechevska - curator and representative of the Art Affairs and 
Documents Foundation
Dessislava Dimova - curator and representative of the Art Affairs and 
Documents Foundation
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 
Goethe-Institut Bulgaria
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
More information: 
CLICK's visual identity is created by artist 

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