The Old School
The team of the Old School art residency is pleased to invite you to participate in the 8-th edition of residency – Ritual rEvolution, 2018. Within ten days the building of the ex-school will shelter artists from different nations who will create art together with the idea of working in a new environment.
The topic: The work of the artists during the residency will be organized on the basis of previously prepared written materials in which the REVOLUTION will be presented as an artistic mechanism aimed at a fundamental change of the existing governance.
Art is a Weapon. Artists are Revolutionists. Revolution is a Ritual.
Parallel program, connected with the theme of the residence; A closing exhibition in the end of the residence; media coverage of the event; presentation of the participants and their works through online exhibition; contact with the local community.
- Indoor rooms – workshops in the school, according to the profile and style of work of the guest artists.
- Outdoor places – the yard of the school– century-old trees, tents, tables and chairs.
- Theater/musical performances – the hall in community center “Zora”.
The artists will be accommodated in guesthouses in the village. Each artist will have his own room, a common space to hang out with the other artists, a shared bathroom and kitchen. The guest houses have their own separate yard which can also be used for work and leisure. Nearby the houses are located beautiful fields and walking trails, spaces to practice sports and suitable spots to observe the evening starry sky.
The residency organizes welcome and closing dinners. The original products of the village such as fruits and vegetables from the garden, homemade jam, fresh eggs hatched by free-range chickens, dried herbs to make tea with, traditional Bulgarian alcoholic drinks as well as homemade honey are available.
Twice per week the artists will have the chance to eat at the art restaurant of the residency where they can try traditional three-course local food and drinks at a affordable price. For the rest of the week you can cook for yourselves or eat at the center of the village. Products can be purchased from two shops in the village as well as from the nearest town, 10 km away from Gorna Lipnitsa.
Each artist has a bicycle at their disposal as a mean to travel around the village.
Gorna Lipnitsa is a picturesque village, located in the central part of Bulgaria – northeast along the road from Pavlikeni town to Polski Trumbesh town, in the western part of the small valley of Elia river. The village covers an area of 1500 decares with a population of 500 inhabitants. In the past the Thracian tribe Crobyzi – a large Getic sub-tribe, lived on the lands of northern Bulgaria, including the territory of Gorna Lipnitsa. According to fragmentary information by Turkish sources for Bulgarian history, the village dates back to the middle of the XV century.
Gorna Lipnitsa has a typical architecture and the houses, agricultural buildings and walls are made mainly by stone. The stones have been gathered in the past from the nearby quarries. There is a legend that Gorna Lipnitsa was geographically named after its one-time linden woodland, which used to extend south from it. Nowadays, there is no track of that linden woodland, except for the outlying parts.