Language 
English, Bulgarian
Founded 
2018
Duration 
1 - 4 weeks
Paid by host 

Accomodation and presentation/exhibition.

Paid by artist 

Travel/subsistence.

Application guidelines 
  • Tell them who you are (your creative CV in up to 1,000 words.);
  • Show your stuff (a writing sample of up to 20 pages (in English) for authors; or a list of links with your films/performances for theatre or film directors; or a portfolio of your works of up to 20 slides for visual artists);
  • Tell them why you want to come to this artistic residency (your motivation in one page);
  • Give two options for when you want to come with precise dates of arrival and length of stay (one, two, three or four weeks). The first stay you apply for cannot be sooner than one month following the date of your application. Once you are approved, these may need to be further adjusted. See: FAQ
  • Show that you are serious about this opportunity and that you value the time for reviewing your documents (pay the application fee of 21EUR here)

optional, but highly valued:

  • tell them about the project you would like to work on when in Sofia (the organizers would love to hear about it, and if it has some kind of a connection to Bulgaria or Sofia, this could be an advantage for your application) (up to 1,000 words);
  • send any records of persecution against you, discrimination or censorship directly related to your work as an artist (text of up to 1,000 words);
  • ask somebody knowledgeable in your field to send a recommendation letter on behalf of you (this could be a decisive factor when we have two equally good proposals for the same time slot).

Please, send your applications in a single mail with your name as a subject line to applications@radarsofia.org.

Deadline

Deadline 
Ongoing

Radar Sofia

Radar Sofia

Description 

Radar is a new independent art hub dedicated to supporting creators that make a difference. Located in the heart of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, they offer a free live/work space, networking and presentation opportunities in a vibrant and inexpensive city, distinctly exotic for those who come from Western Europe, and warmly European for those who originate in the East. The residency period may vary between one and four weeks.

The organizers want to lend a helping hand to creators who walk an artistic path off the beaten track. New methods and forms that make the audience truly engage in an important contemporary topic are what they seek to promote. They tend to prefer artists who take note of the world around them, see what is going on, and are able to artistically relate to the troubles and dangers for our societies and for our planet. Artists who have proven record of some resistance to the system in which we live
will be most welcome. "Radical" is not a taboo word for Radar.

They seek also to support projects of artists at risk, creators who have been persecuted or censored due to the nature of their work or because of their race, sex, gender, ethnic origin, religion or political views, or just because. Your work will get presented to the local audiences and you will be introduced to artists from your field as the residency is partner with some of the important cultural agents in the city.

The organizers understand that nature of art is not only in constant creation, but also in reflection, rest and the ability to recuperate and the time to hear you inner voice (again). That is why they accept applications also from artists who don't have a specific project in mind at the time of application, but boast rich and inspiring artistic biographies. They would be glad if Sofia helps you finetune your radar for your next great project. The space is designed mainly for writers, special preference is given to dramaturgy and performing arts. Filmmakers, visual and interdisciplinary artists who don't need a huge studio for their work can also apply. Translators will not be rejected, although the primary focus is not translation.

Outcome 

One of the reasons the organizers are searching for resilient artists is because they want to show the local circles that resistance efforts pay off. That going mainstream and with the flow is sometimes too conformist a path for a creator of value. And that there are other ways. They want to inspire change in the local context and attitudes. Your stay in Sofia and your story told here can help much more than just give yourself a space to work and contemplate.

Radar is composed of artists of various backgrounds who have crossed paths in a plethora of projects in the past years. They know the value of strong collaborations and artistic exchange and will try to promote the establishment of lasting partnerships in the future, not necessarily with some of them, but with artists from the local circles as well. They will encourage, including financially, future joint projects, for which they have had some guarantees from their partners.

Accommodation Information 

A room in the heart of the city suitable for writers or media/visual/performing artists who don't need specifically big studio for work.

Technical Information 

The residency is partner with places for formal presentations of their artists, plus exhibition spaces for the work of visual artists.

Address: 
Strelbishte, bl.60A
1408 Sofia
Bulgaria
Telephone 
886829226

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