OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION AT WATER TOWER ART RESIDENCY – DECENTRALIZED EDITION VARNA 20 – 30 SEPTEMBER 2021

OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION AT WATER TOWER ART RESIDENCY  DECENTRALIZED EDITION VARNA 2021

20 – 30 SEPTEMBER 2021

•ORGANIZED BY  NGO IME

Contact: Nia Pushkarova

Artist and Organizer/ Curator of Water tower art residency/fest in Varna 2021 and Chairwoman of Ngo IME

watertowerartfest@gmail.com

With kind support by Embassy of United States in Sofia and i Portunus

 

 

• Details on event and curator’s concept

For the fifth year, Bulgarian and foreign artists will exchange experience. This time the event will be in Varna – the sea capital of Bulgaria, as an act of decentralization of the cultural life of Sofia for the maximum usage of the potential that arts and culture possess for greater social inclusion.

The tried and true method of the “mentoring program” is to combine progressive creative social strategies with their implementation in a local context.  Both online and in person workshops will be initiated in public spaces and in main partner’s venue ReBonkers ( an old bunker in Varna) leading to resulting in a final exhibition event of residency with especially invited  team members as mentors working and collaborating in different disciplines such as performance art, film and art in public spaces and socially engaged practices.

Water Tower Art Residency is a new, separate chapter, but also a natural extension to the book of the NGO IME and Water Tower Art Fest – whose original format (international contemporary art festival in abandoned buildings) ended in 2016 with the 10th anniversary of the festival, including more than 80 contemporary art offerings -  painting, sculpture, video and photo projections, installations, performances – from over 10 European countries, as well as the world.  Based on years of experience and a network of participants and partners, the essence of Creative Water Tower Residence is to continue the set tone and tradition: the artistic development of artists and their audiences, and the creation of works in a specific context at a specific location – site-specific art.

Our partner will be ReBonkers as well as a network of independent artistic initiatives dedicated to the development of Varna . The places we are about to integrate (old bunker and various public spaces-in and outside city center) within our program are going to be the scene for inspiration and a subject of collaborations between guest mentors – team members and young participants.

Interaction and empathy between people and an inclusive attitude towards different ethnicities and cultures as well as empowering young women are the topics that we will encourage to develop through creative workshops in our residency.

The problem with the elitization of art and culture and the lack of clear access to cultural events of communities on the outskirts of settlements is big, because most people, especially from marginalized communities, are influenced and led only by mass culture, which narrows their horizons.

 

 As part of our strategy to integrate such communities and develop their sense of belonging, it is our choice of neglected public places to interact over the years. As some of these places have a certain value for our city from a historical architectural or aesthetic point of view. Touching them is a touch to the geographical memory of a culture, nation, community and by living and socializing them through art, we provide an opportunity to reconsider values ​​related to the spirit and history of the place, as well as to pay attention to our internal neglect and the need for continuity and development through empathy.

Selection procedure

We welcome VISUAL ARTISTS working in the sphere of installation/film/video/mural and graffiti/performance/sound design etc. ​

WE PROVIDE THE ARTISTS WITH:

  • Free of charge participation to all workshops by especially invited mentors

  • Help in developing personal art projects with the help and guidance by residency mentors

  • transfer from the airport to the accommodation area and back,

  • assistance with finding cheap accommodation

  • materials required for their work (arranged prior to arrival)

  • promotion and presentation of the produced artwork,

  • transportation,

  • cultural activities

Expenses paid by the artist:

  • travel

  • accommodation

  • meals

  • medical insurance

  • personal needs​

 

THE SELECTION COMMITTEE will take into consideration the following criteria:

- Presented project plan submitted by the candidate-artist;

- Its relevance to local and international art standards;

- Its feasibility and how artists from different parts of the world and of different backgrounds, using different mediums, may interact, enriching each other’s work processes and results.

 

START OF RESIDENCY 20 September

20 September arrival and first meeting at The Bookstore

21 September – 10:00 – 14:00 Organized Art tour starting at Re Bonkers club and public spaces in Varna in partnership with Varna Spaces 

15:00 Workshops start

22- 27 September workshop sessions

Mid presentation 25.09 – 18:00 to 22:30

End of Residency 30.09.2021 ; 11:00 Departure

*Program is indicative and may undergo some changes

 

ARTISTS PARTICIPANTS AS MENTORS:

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Ruby Cedar

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Ruby studied her undergraduate in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins specialising in their XD (cross disciplinary) pathway where the focus was in how art engages and works with communities as well as being free in adopting different mediums. She went on to exhibit in Berlin, London, Sofia & Chicago where she won ‘Best of Show’ at the 21st International Open Exhibition at Woman Made Gallery IL in 2018. In recent years she has continued as a multidisciplinary artist and curator but has focused more on Filmmaking as both visual art and narrative cinema. This summer will conclude her Masters in Filmmaking at the University of the West of Scotland where she will have made 3 short films, two fiction and one documentary. Her film work hopes to build unsettling worlds with dark tones, creepy erotica and fragile characters.

Artist Workshop: Make a Short Film

In this workshop you will each produce a 2 minute film to be exhibited in the final presentation of WTAR. We will follow the process through from idea inception, practice pitching, idea development to filming as well as watching and discussing other short form films. The form the film takes is up to you, it could be documentation of your art work or of a performance. It could be an experimental art piece in itself. It could be a documentary or a narrative fiction film. The only constraint is it’s length (2 minutes).

 

If you have a camera, sound recorder and/or lights then fantastic but the minimum you’ll need to have is a decent camera phone. We will be looking at how best to use lighting, sound, framing and general planning/storyboarding in order to produce the best image without necessarily having the most expensive kit. As artists we are resourceful! And with this in mind the workshop is aimed at artists who are interested in adopting film as part of their toolkit.

 

The artist leading the workshop will be editing the films (unless you are keen on doing this yourself and have editing software) which is why we have the limit of 2 minutes, to give her time to have the pieces ready for exhibition.

 

  • Session on ideas (inception & development) 2 hours

  • Screening and discussion of short films (mixture of fiction, documentary, artist documentation forms) 1.5 hours

  • Practice pitch: Artists pitch their ideas and receive feedback & questions from the group 3 hours

  • Development: Artists develop their ideas and how best to plan for the shoot to minimise post production i.e lighting, sound, framing & storyboarding 4 hours

  • Artists film all day

 

Specifications:

In order to take part all you need is a decent phone camera, although if you have a better camera or any other equipment for example sound recorder, lights then fantastic.

 

Chuyia Chia – https://chuyia.wordpress.com/

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Chuyia Chia moved to Singapore in the late 1990s and is now based in Gothenburg. Her artistic training is originally painting, but her main artistic practice is now within the realm of performance and installation art. Chuyia Chia’s artistic direction has developed with of her identity as an immigrant in the 1990s, giving her global outlook and concern. Thus in her work she pays particular attention to environmental responsibility and food, focusing on relationships and the communication between people. Her perspective is often how the body can express these contexts and communicate knowledge and emotions to the viewer. Chuyia has participated and have commissioned international exhibitions, festivals and events in more than 32 countries includes China, Poland, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, France, Belgium, Peru, Argentina, Russia, Canada, USA, Finland, Germany, Mexico, Thailand, Italy, Cameroon and so on. Her most recently commission work is the Singapore Biennale 2016.

*Online session

Haruka Tomatsu – https://kailih.wixsite.com/artwork

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She studied Butoh techniques with Setsuko Yamada, Toru Iwashita, and Theater Theory with Shogo Ota. After graduating in 2007-2008 she joined the Glorious Future Dance Company (Director: Kim Ito). 2008 she also started her career as a freelance dancer and performer.

She participated in various performances in Japan as well as internationally.

Since 2013 she has created her own work as a choreographer, dancer and performer.

Therefore she focuses on the relation between existence and absence with a strong approach to space, objects and body in everyday life.

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Feel and observe the city of Varna on your body

Masks, disinfection, social distance.

It’s been a year and a half since we started living with Covid-19.

The shape of people’s lives has changed rapidly.

And the distance and relationships between people have changed.

Isn’t the sensation that our bodies feel also changed as a result since

the lifestyle is changing by Covid-19?

In this project,I would like to objectively observe the space in which we

are by using the five senses to feel and output what kind of space we

live in with such a changed body.

Feeling of the body: Not only seeing, but also walking around Varna city

while making maximum use of touch, smell, taste, and hearing, and

expressing the feeling there through installation and performance.

These feelings as the installation are stored in Bunker and shared with

people.

Ginny Sykes- https://ginnysykes.com/about

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EXPERTISE:  Over a 40 year practice, I have made art to tell stories of personal and historical merit informed by feminism’s resistance to prescriptive or institutional ideas of a universalized female experience. Centering women’s stories is in itself a critique of patriarchal codes that have occupied and over-determined artistic content over millennia of arts production; codes that valorize certain values at the expense of others, lead to dangerous levels of ecological imbalance, wreak havoc on women’s lives, and foster cultures of violence. Within this framework across all the genres of my work, but especially in performance and video, I address subjects of individuation, aging, loss, resiliency. Jung’s theories on alchemy and dreams inspire me to explore ideas of individual and collective unconscious. I use myth and ritual in layered imagery to create symbolic meaning, to unearth the shadow side of a story, and suggest the transforming potential of art to heal the splits within us all.

Ginny Sykes is an interdisciplinary artist inspired by mythology, Jungian psychology, ancient monuments, and dreams. She employs a poetic, layered aesthetic across all genres of her practice, to invite a consideration of the transforming and healing potential of art, and to encourage access to one’s inner world. Selected recent exhibitions in the US and internationally include Legler Regional Library and Woodson Regional Public Library, Chicago Art Source, Woman Made Gallery, and Loyola University Art Museum, Chicago, IL; LACE, Los Angeles, CA; Art Performing Festival, Naples, Italy and Forte Marghera, Venice, Italy; Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy; Water Tower Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria; top Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany; Saltillo Contemporary, Saltillo, Mexico; Pinacoteca Communale de Arte Contemporanea, Gaeta, Italy; and Can Gelabert Casal de Cultura, Mallorca, Spain. Sykes taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in many community based art programs, where she loved working with teenagers. She has created over 40 public art projects, including On the Wings of Water at O’Hare Airport. Sykes holds an MA in Women Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University, Chicago, IL, a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri, and studied painting and art history at Studio Cecil Graves in Florence, Italy. When not living in Chicago, she lives in Naples, Italy.

I propose to do a short performance work that will start with my physical body and that transforms into a ritual art object of contemplation that others can interact with.

Daisuke Takeya – https://daisuketakeya.com/

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Born and raised in Japan, Daisuke Takeya obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate School of Figurative Art at the New York Academy of Art and received Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. As a live performance artist Daisuke has collaborated with artists from various genres, including classical musicians such as cellist Vernon Regehr, violinist Lynn Kuo, Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble, Les AMIS Ensemble, and deVah Quartet. Daisuke’s interest has been extended to vitalization of communities via art. He has co-directed and performed at Ashita: Artists for Japan, a Tsunami Relief Fundraiser in March, 2011, which featured the visual, music, dance, performance, and literary art communities of Toronto. Daisuke is also a past programming director and board member of Gendai Gallery, an artist and ambassador of ARTBOUND and an organizing committee member of Onagawa Art Season, an art festival at the most devastated town of 2011 Tsunami in Japan. He is currently a co-director of DAICHI Projects, the representative and curator of Field Trip Project, Field Trip Project Asia, and POWER TO THE PEOPLE initiative. He is the executive director of Responding: International Performance Art Festival and Meeting erected in 2018.

*Online session

Ana Vujic

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Ana Vujić (*1981/Serbia), lives and works in Basel    www.anavujic.ch

For years I have been realising large-format drawings with charcoal or ink that focus on the constantly changing conditions of human life. The works often address situations of transformation, the fragility of the social construct and question our role as individuals. In doing so, I am less interested in retracing real images that have already been seen. Rather, the works are about inner pictorial worlds that also tell of opposing emotional worlds through an abstraction of content.

As an artist, I also consciously place my drawings on public city walls or so-called “non-places”. For me, art and everyday life are inseparable.

Ana is invited to do a specially developed project with wall murals in public space as a socially engaged artwork in collaboration with local and other artists.

Ivelina Ivanova www.vimeo.com/krivi

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 is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sofia. From 2014 to 2017 he studied and lived in London, where he started experimental animation and created several short films, recognized by a number of international festivals. Currently, her main creative activity is in the field of 3D animation, video mapping and interactive installation. Ivelina’s works are with mixed media: painted animation, 2D and 3D digital animation, film and sound collage.Ivelina’s works are with mixed media: painted animation, 2D and 3D digital animation, film and sound collage. From 2020 he holds a Master’s degree in Digital Arts from the National Academy of Arts.

The participants in the residency will be introduced to various techniques for analog and digital animation, digital video image processing and transmedia collage. The ultimate goal of the lessons is to make a collective experimental animated video.

Nina Foltynowicz- sound artist, DJ – https://soundcloud.com/ninchetoo

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Nina is a DJ from Silesia, mining area of Poland. When she was 6, she said she doesn’t need to learn how to read, cause she loves music and that’s enough. Her all life is connected with sounds, beats and instruments. If you could use her eyes for a moment, you would see tons of instruments everywhere. Her mixes are a vibbing journeys through many genres, but house and disco are the most perceptible ones.

Malwina Hanna Kleszcz

Highly-creative Visual Media Artist with an extraordinary experience of innovative digital projects, 3D modeling and animation using the best available technical programs. https://www.artstation.com/malware83

https://www.instagram.com/malvine_gaye/

Nina and Malwina are going to give workshop together of visual and sound short animation

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WONDERFUL PROPOSALS

The open call is closed! Now is time to review them all and we will get back very soon to each one of you! We are happy to announce that for this year edition after inviting the artist Kim Dotty Hachmann from Berlin (hdpk)  she accepted to be a co-selector!

OPEN CALL – LAST 10

OPEN CALL – LAST 10 
recollected
WATER TOWER ART FEST
17 – 25.06.2016

We kindly invite you to present an idea for our 10th anniversary at Water tower art fest 
CONTEXT OF FESTIVAL – Since 2006 we initiative the Water Tower Art Fest in Sofia. This festival is an international art event with performances, installations, presentations and workshops that takes place every year in different spaces throughout the city of Sofia and beyond in Bulgaria. From very local grass roots based initiative, we have proved throughout the years to be the most important international contemporary art festival in Bulgaria, using abandoned buildings and art in public spaces. The purpose of the project is to attract public attention to our immediate urban environment filled with abandoned spaces and tackle issues of tolerance, democracy and environment via contemporary art using socially engaged artworks. By using the abandoned buildings we tackle issues of importance to the local community, integrate marginal groups and different generations in communication through the arts. 

You will be able to present an artwork (installation, projection sculpture, painting, photography, performance, land art project etc.) workshop or talk presentation or both during the festival program 
At specific VENUES as follows:
Fabrika 126(http://fabrica126.com/?lang=en)
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2gqDgNTx6J-UmMzRVFUTGFYQjA&usp=sharing

SHORT RESIDENCY – You can also take part in the short artist’s residency either at Fabrika 126 for a 1 week period prior to festival starting 10th of June 

TRAIN DEPO PERNIK (tbc)
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2gqDgNTx6J-bVczTDRoT1ZaOXc&usp=sharing
TRAIN DEPO PODUENE- https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2gqDgNTx6J-VmlTNWd2Qjl2UHM&usp=sharing

“Psychiatric clinic St. Ivan Rilski” at KURILO – the PARK – The clinic is situated half an hour form Center of Sofia and is one of the few clinics that has its own recreational park, which we have the opportunity to populate with sculptures, installations and performance for the opening day. The whole team of the clinic is going to work with us and the main theme is anti-stigma society!
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2gqDgNTx6J-YkVZTkZyNXZmWEE&usp=sharing
Here is some more info on the clinic: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D9PE-Qgy5IzWzcHWDZfANSexIt9uZ8G7YBhOaKA6u7w/edit?usp=sharing

Additional possibiltiy to show works at a-cube.gallery 
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2gqDgNTx6J-QlVyM1pqZVlWcGs&usp=sharing
*

*New venue where you can propose your interactive performances or installation is Sofia Airport https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2gqDgNTx6J-VFVCaGVQcHJfa1E&usp=sharing

REQUIREMENTS – Please send the idea in written statement explaining it and accompanied by short CV, photo material of the work, sketches or videos and detailed information on all the necessary specific materials and equipment needed for presenting your work.
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, beyond our, control we keep the right for altering the venues in question!

DEADLINES accepting proposals until 31.03.2016
Announcing the results 15.04.2016
Sending addition information: 10.05.2016
Residency start 10th of June 
Festival opening 17th June – end 25th of June 
SELECTION PROCEDURE – Selection is made by curator of festival – Nia Pushkarova and especially invited previous artists participants to festival (tbc)

WORKSHOPS PROPOSAL OPTION: Within the frame of festival we offer possibility for organizing different workshops at your choice, targeting audience: children, students, adults or people with disabilities esp. those with social integration problems art therapy.
PARTICIPATION FEE 25€– TOWARD ISSUING A CATALOGUE. We invite you to be part of our collective catalogue by writing text or sharing idea with your design
We offer possibility to propose text body or visuals for the catalogue only on themes such as, but not specifically connected to: social effect of contemporary art. You may apply only with that kind of proposal, but we will still need the fee of 25Euro for participation.
COMMERCIAL GALLERY SHOW: This year we offer possibility to show commercial work apart from the interdisciplinary approach of festival and open an exhibition to public consisting mainly of commercial art work of our artists. This is going to be organized outside festival period in July 2016 at a Gallery Nuance, so all selected artists are advised to bring one or two art works which can be shown at this exhibition offered for sale. Additional conditions will follow!
What you can expect from us is full assistance in installing your work, finding materials and/or renting out necessary equipment (to be discussed prior to festival’s opening and decided upon our financial possibilities, should it be more than what we can cover, it is possible to arrange renting of all equipment for you to pay the extra) accompanying with team to locations form center of Sofia, in some cases private bus will be transporting us to festivals locations.

SENDING OPTIONS – Mind the formats for sending videos: mpeg, avi, DVD format, please use big file transfer such as we transfer or yousendit, google drive link or vimeo link for downloading. As for big postal packages – please write on top of parcel NOT FOR SALE- use this address: 
Street Bogatica 9, ap 12, Sofia 1421, Bulgaria, NGO IME – Director Nia Pushkarova
Please keep in mind that in Bulgaria we use mainly PC not MAC!!!!
PRINTING OPTIONS – at Fabrika 126 you will be able to print anything you want at preferable prices and on any material you choose as well as size.
*We are not responsible for any lost or damaged artwork. We do not cover any travel grants nor accommodation, nor do we pay fees to artists. In some cases we will be able to send out individual invitation letters after selection procedure to help you fund your travel and accommodation.
We will be able to assist you in finding accommodation and a team of volunteers will be available throughout the whole festival period for helping you get around, even meeting you at airport.
For best performance we advise you to send out clear and concise parameters of your work, even if it contains suggestive surprise factor, so we will be able to help you find everything you may need in advance. The whole team will be communicating with you prior to festival, including technical assistance, do not be surprised if you receive messages from same e-mail, but different people. This is how we work – we use the same e-mail. 
Last but not least we will be delighted to welcome you at our 10th anniversary which means a lot to all of us.

CONTACTS: watertowerartfest@gmail.com

MAP: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zEeFduett0vE.kVS-ntFBUT_I&usp=sharing

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OPEN CALL FOR NEXT EDITION OF WATER TOWER ART FEST 2015

OPEN CALL

FOR NEXT EDITION OF

WATER TOWER ART FEST 2015

20- 28 June 2015

 

Water Tower Art Fest is an artist run initiative and the biggest international contemporary art festival in Sofia, incorporating alternative spaces in series of exhibitions in June each year since 2006.

 

The festival now has developed as a platform of exchange of national and international artists working in all disciplines within contemporary visual art. It gives the opportunity to share ideas and to question the sociopolitical situation with its socially engaged works done especially for the venues and showcase of contemporary artworks with notion of overcoming the paradigm of our age, dominated by economic structures that obstruct our very prime right to exist.

 

Part of the festival this year will take place in the city of Pernik, (very close to Sofia ½ h) which in the 1980s boasted more than 80 working factories with heavy industry – now, nearly all shut down, abandoned and in ruins, especially after the earthquake 3 years ago. In the face of this visible product of post-communist catastrophe, the notion of being politically correct is no longer satisfactory and we take a stand with the unquestionable power of art.  The hunches we follow this year are mere ideas to be where needed, as artists and fully aware of the function art has in society nowadays.

 

We are calling for revival, trying to bring back hope and sense in hopeless places and senseless time.

 

You are invited to contribute towards the revival trial and searching for sense during the 9th edition of Water tower art fest 2015. The general theme this year is:

 

“Towns in need of love”

Participating venues:

Public spaces around the city of Sofia – 20 – 28 June

Old tram station DEPO – one day action only

SAMSI – ARSENAL museum of contemporary arts

 

Lavele hostel art gallery

Square of St. Nedelya and Cervantes cultural center

Private galleries

City of Pernik 25- 28.06.2015 “To Pernik with love”-

 Old mine,

Old fortress “Krakra”,

 Old  Machine factory “Struma”

Different public spaces

Click on link to view venues in separate folders: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2gqDgNTx6J-Rk52SjdLSm44dm8&usp=sharing

 

More TBA

 

Note: The team of WTAF preserves the right to change, add or replace venues destinations, due to unforeseen circumstances, beyond our control.

 

 

Deadlines:

 

Open call launch – 25th of February, 2015

 

Deadline for proposals – 01.04.2015

 

Announcing the results – 15.04.2015

 

Festival dates 20-28th of June 2015

 

Selection committee:

 

Chief curator: Nia Pushkarova (BG)

 

Maddalena Mauri (IT)

 

Niclas Halberg (SE/Serbia)

 

Marcos Vidal (SP)

 

 

Who can apply?

 

Anyone, working in the fields of contemporary visual arts, with no restriction to age, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or education!

 

We accept proposals on the basis of our proposed venues being site specific or according to our theme. We also accept proposal topics for our discussion panels during the festival and workshops.

 

Selection committee consisting of prominent art figures in the world of art is invited to assist us in choice of artists.

 

NOTE: Artists are responsible for their own travel and shipping of artworks, unless otherwise arranged, under third parties relations made in advance. What we can do is send an invitation to be used for applying to available funding and grants at selected artist’s countries of residence.

 

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR APPLYING:

 

Please send in a proposal, consisting of:

 

• a detailed explanation and concept of your proposed art work, including visuals (photos) or sketches

 

• specific technical requirements and material needed for its implementation

 

• Short CV or resume mentioning name, country of origin, gender and past artistic history and/or general interest in the arts sphere

 

 

What you can expect from us during WTAF 2015:

 

—     Free access to all events of festival

 

— Extended coverage in media and official catalogue of the fest and site along with publications in different medias with links to websites

 

— Assistance in finding affordable accommodation – hostel or private based with discount being part of the festival

 

— Recommendations and invitations for travel funding

 

— Technical and other assistance during the festival, assistance in finding materials and equipment, if not exceeding certain amount, is covered by festival

 

— Overall guidance and assisting in production of work by our volunteers and professional technical team

 

— Possible airport pick up and accompanying to hotel or accommodation by team and/or volunteers

 

— In case your artwork requires special equipment hire, please state this in your application, so further arrangements can be made, if possible

 

— Great time interacting with different artists, both local and international, a chance to get valuable contacts for your professional and personal life

 

— Generally meeting great people and experiencing festival’s frenzy in its full

 

 

Please distribute or repost this open call freely.

 

P.S. The festival is under the Cultural Calendar of Sofia Municaplity for 2015 and National

 

Cultural calendar

 

P.P.S. Also the festival is in close partnership with Nomadic village which has its own open call and program within the festivals program in Pernik 2015: http://nomadic.cd/

 

Water Tower Art Fest Team

 

25.02.2015, Sofia

 

Contacts:

 

www.watertowerartfest.com

 

watertowerartfest@gmail.com

 

9 Bogatica Street, app. 12

 

Sofia 1421

 

Bulgaria

 

* Special sending requirements will follow if needed.

 

Nia Pushkarova

 

Director of NGO IME and organizer/chief curator of Water tower art fest

 

Member of Bulgarian Festival Association (BFA)

 

Open call

FOR NEXT EDITION OF
WATER TOWER ART FEST 2014
June 20-25, 2014

Water Tower Art Fest is an artist-run initiative and the biggest international contemporary art festival in Sofia, incorporating alternative spaces in a series of exhibitions held annually in June since 2006.

The festival has developed into a platform for the creative exchange of national and international artists working in all disciplines within the contemporary visual arts. It gives the opportunity to share ideas on how to change the socio-political situation via socially engaged works done specifically for the venues or with the notion of overcoming the paradigm of our age, dominated by economic structures prohibiting the default and divine right of existence.

Our temporary-protected spaces, the encompassing theme of our festival, is derived from the idea of home – or rather the lack of it. The need for rest and recuperation, and the need to communicate freely are the basis of this year’s theme. We are to “communicate”, by using several abandoned sites/buildings in the city of Sofia, with the possibility of short residencies at some of the venues.

The touring edition of the festival’s artworks is planed for late Summer/early Fall for locations throughout Bulgaria. We do this with the aim to decentralize the cultural life from the capital, Sofia, and share ideas with the wider public that live in remote, even secluded regions.

You are openly invited to our Temporary Protected Spaces with trust for the future with enthusiastic perseverance.

Our philosophy is that art can be made for and by ordinary people and that by expressing their feelings and fears and thoughts they will learn to accept and deal with themselves and others for what they really are.

  • Thus less crime
  • Thus less corruption and greed
  • Thus more appreciation of work

The venues:

Public places around the city of Sofia from June 20-25.

Note: The team of WTAF reserves the right to change venues due to unforeseen circumstances.

Deadlines:

  • Open call launch: 25th of February, 2014
  • Deadline for proposals: 15th of April, 2014
  • Announcement of accepted proposals: 27th of April, 2014
  • Festival dates: June 20-25th, 2014

Who can apply?

Anyone, working in the field of contemporary visual arts, with no restriction on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or education!

We accept proposals on the basis of our proposed venues, being site specific, or based on our theme for the year. We also accept proposal topics for our discussion panels during the festival.

A Selection committee consisting of prominent art figures from the art world is invited to assist us in choice of artists.

NOTE: Artists are responsible for their own travel and shipping of artworks, unless otherwise arranged, under third parties relations made in advance. We are more than happy to send an official festival invitation for participation to be used toward the application for available arts funding and grants at selected artist’s countries of residence.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR APPLYING:

Please state a detailed explanation and concept of your proposed art work including:

  • concrete technical requirements and materials needed for its implementation
  • sketches(if applicable) including the artwork’s dimensions
  • or photographs
  • short CV of the artist

What you can expect from us during WTAF:

  • Extended coverage in media and official catalogue of the fest and site along with publications in different medias
  • Assistance in finding affordable accommodation – hostel or private based with discount being part of the festival
  • Recommendations and invitations for travel funding
  • Technical and other assistance during the festival, assistance in finding materials and equipment, if not exceeding certain amount, is covered by festival
  • Overall guidance and assisting in production of work by volunteers and technical team
  • Possible meeting at airport and accompanying to hotel or accommodation by team and volunteers
  • In case your artwork requires special equipment hire, please state this in your application, so further arrangements can be made
  • Great time interacting with different artists, both local and international, a chance to get valuable contacts for your professional and personal life
  • Generally meeting great people and experiencing festival’s frenzy in its full

Please distribute or repost this open call freely.

P.S. The festival is listed in the Cultural Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2014, a mark in our favour, which we hope would support the consideration of our candidature for Sofia – Cultural Capital 2019.

 

Water Tower Art Fest Team
25.02.2014, Sofia

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www.watertowerartfest.com
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9 Bogatica Street, app. 12
Sofia 1421
Bulgaria

Nia Pushkarova
Director of NGO IME and organizer/curator of Water Tower Art Fest
Member of Bulgarian Festival Association (BFA)