World of Co is the first all-year round multidisciplinary artist residency program in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was initiated in 2017 by independent art organization that wanted to support the local scene and the visiting artists. Until now the international residency program hosted more than 75 artists from 23 countries, working in disciplines like visual arts, writing, painting, curatorial studies, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textile art, mixed media art, printmaking and design.
World of Co Artist Residency Program offers friendly, supportive and stimulating surroundings to Bulgarian and international visiting artists and curators, wishing to realize field research or/and an artistic project in Bulgaria. The duration of the program is from 1 to 3 months. During this time frame, this residency will provide artists with time to work on individual or collaborative projects alongside other resident artists. The participants focus on research, experiments, production, learning new skills, critical discourse, networking, collaboration. In the spirit of an intercultural dialogue and exchange, artists are also stimulated to explore the local culture and contemporary art scene. The program culminates in a final group exhibition, open studio day.
The artists have the freedom to organize their time, focus on a personal project, as well as collaborate with other residency artists from different artistic backgrounds.
World of Co artist residency has two AiR apartments - “Cooperacia” and “Concept”. The AiR apartment and studio ‘’Concept’’ is situated in a 1895-residential building, at a lively main street in the city center of Sofia. Within walking distance are numerous cafes, restaurants,clubs, art spaces, galleries and art institutions. “Concept” is 140m² apartment with three fully furnished individual bedrooms (around 15m²), bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen with utensils, oven, fridge, laundry machine. The shared studio space is large open space, part of the same apartment. Equipped with working tables, chairs, lamps, including Wi-Fi and all utilities (water, heating, electricity).
Shared studio space is at the city center, located within 10 minutes walking distance from the residence apartment. The studio is furnished 140m² large space (chairs, tables), including Wi-Fi and all utilities (water, heating, energy, kitchen, toilet etc.). It can be used for different workshops or exhibition.
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