For the fourth consecutive year, Water Tower Art Residency – a continuation of the eponymous art festival (2006-2016) organised by IME Association – offered

educational resources, experience exchange with international experts and scope for development of socially engaged art. In the pandemic conditions the 2020 WTAR took place entirely online. From 7 to 14 September, 15 participants developed web-based projects, guided by invited international mentors, through individual meetings and group workshops – Mentors and guests with presentations: Bill Aichison (USA / China), Gary Hill (USA), Daisuke Takeya (Japan / Canada), Albena Mihaylova-Benji / Switzerland), Prerana Reddy (USA), Qing Cai (China/USA)

This year’s residency is aimed not only at developing projects but also ideas and proposals for future research and development of new practical tools of working in the sphere of socially engaged art, in the aftermath of Covid-19. With the wish to nurture dialogue not just between the residency participants but also including members of the public, three of the events form our program were open to the public with published links to zoom meetings on our facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/watertowerartfest/


This years participants are:

Satadru Sovan Banduri (India), Nitesh Kushwaha (India), Svetli Evgeniev (Bulgaria), Virginia Zaharieva (Bulgaria), Efrosina Peneva (Bulgaria), Radina Stoimenova (France / Bulgaria), Irina Stoyanova (Bulgaria), Dilyana Stoimenova (Bulgaria), Funda Zeynep Ayguler (Turkey), Nellie Carnes (Portugal), Galena Sardamova, Gergana Ivanova (Bulgaria), Elitsa Ganeva (Bulgaria), Ralitsa Georgieva (Bulgaria) Tsveta Doycheva(Bulgaria)

Followed by streaming live concert of Martyan Tabakov, one of the artists at Studio BELKA from 21:00h. And DJ set by Yveso

With kind support of USA Embassy Bulgaria and National Fund of Culture,

Thanks to: Ventsislav Nenkov – Omai .tv for helping us do the streaming live,

Olga Gots – a PR support without which we could not handle all social media tools and presentation

Elena Radeva – the best coordinator and task handler of residency program

Also for making this site possible great thank you to Martin and Ivelina Ivanova


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