The open call for 2019 has ended. For any inqueries please contact 

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ARV.I accepts three artists each month in between April and September in 2019. Each resident will receive spacious private accommodations, shared studio space, gallery space for exhibition, connections with local artists, curators and galleries and will be given assistance in specific individual research projects. These months are non-thematic and dedicated to individual research and studio time. Guest teachers, upcoming exhibitions and various projects will be announced during the months of collaboration together with the artists in residence.

1 month Fee: 800€,-

Anyone with an artistic practice can apply. To apply, create one complete email including the following:
- CV
- Portfolio (Max. 15mb. Including seven of your most recent works. Add link to video and audio works)
- Filled out and signed application form
Download application form: Google Docs / Word Document / PDF

Save each attachment as a PDF and send the application to:

ARV.I Offers
- 96m2 Studio space
- Garden, shared kitchen and bathroom, and private bedrooms (inc. wifi)
- Exhibition space in Veliko Turnovo
- Organization of practical and material needs for studio practice and research
- Transport from the airport to Vishovgrad
- Assistance regarding public artistic interventions, guided tours and networking
- Acceptance letter to support external funding
- Free entrance to churces, museums and galleries in Veliko Turnovo (incl. Tsarevets Fortress, Archeology Museum, Pavlikeni Museum, Boris Denyev City State Gallery, Historical Musuem)

ARV.I Conditions
- Number of residents at one time is limited to three persons (Companions are allowed by agreement)
- Travel, supplies and food expenses are paid by the artist
- Applications is done digitally only
- Spoken language is primarily English
- ARV.I does not cover production materials, nor any shipping of materials, artworks or objects produced or collected

How to reach
- From airports to Pavlikeni: Sofia and Varna (Train 3-4h. 8€,-)
- From Pavlikeni to Vishovgrad (Taxi 20min. 6€,-)

ARV.I concluded the activities for 2018 in August with a film screening on the State Art Gallery in Veliko Turnovo; Visual artist and filmmaker Sive Hamilton Helle used various locations in Bulgaria for her site specific video work and developed her film material at the ARV.I studio. Like many of the other artist in residents at ARV.I, each artist has gone through a local and site specific scrutiny, each with a different artistic approach and visual outcome. The Berlin based painter Sonja Arz worked extensivelly in the studio producing a large series of oil paintings. Visual artist and former student of architecture Kristoffer Zeiner Christiansen developed his project through a closer look at the visual exterior of Vishovgrad and further research on the practice of writing.

The artists during 2018 has worked activelly outside the studio, fine tuned their work in the studio, and connected with the local culture in such a way that each artistic outcome has traces of depth and understanding in terms of historical, cultural and historical research as much as anchoring ones artistic integrity.

One month is not much, yet it is enough time to settle down and contemplate on your work in line with your surroundings. Visual artist Nadjim Bigou worked directly with a local in Vishovgrad as a starting point. As much as his project evolved into an exhibition that consisted of a deep philosophical approach, it also deliberately provoked the very notion of exhibtion making at the gallery with a performative gesture, that still has its reverberations locally today.

I am looking forward to see the 2019 ARV.I program containing the same artistic quality and diversity, and initiate the next semester action packed with a thought-provoking approach that is both benefitial for the artists in residence and the regional art scene and culture in general.
- Lars Nordby, ARV.I Director