Blue Ritual Art – Earth

 August 19 – 28, 2016


The team of the Old School residency is pleased to invite you to apply for Summer Residency Program 2016. Within one week the ex-school in Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria will shelter artists from different countries who will create art together with the idea of working in a new environment.

The Old School residency was found in 2010 in Gorna Lipnitsa village, Pavlikeni municipality, Veliko Tarnovo region. In the past the building of the residency was a school. The residency provides workspace for the participating artists – 6 indoor workshops and a photo studio, open air space – the yard of the school, movie and concert salon. We provide accommodation places for participants – 3 rooms in the ex-kindergarten and guest houses in the village as well.

In 2010-2015 the residency has accepted more than 60 Bulgarian and foreign participants and the number of applications are over 500.

The mission of the residency is to bring the modern art and artists back to the nature and village way of life. Our aim is to support and provoke the creative ideas of the participating artists by providing time for work, contemplation and interaction with other artists in beautiful natural surroundings.

The residency is a form of self-isolation from the usual overstimulating urban activities and landscapes. It gives a splendid opportunity for creative solitude and silence which are essential for the expression of creativity.

Dates of activity: August 19 – 28, 2016

Place: Gorna Lipnitsa village, Bulgaria

Gorna Lipnitsa is a picturesque village which is 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.

The disciplines for participation in 2016 are:

1. Painting
2. Visual arts and installations
3. Performance
4. Land art
5. Photography
6. Wall-painting
7. Music
8. Short films


Fee and Support: 

The residency provides:

Food – traditional meals and specialties. Freshly picked local fruits and vegetables. The residency has its own cook.

Accommodation for the participants – single rooms;

Workspace – indoor workshops and a photo studio, open air space for work, film and concert salon;

Written materials connected with local Bulgarian rituals and practices;

Organized transport during the residency /if needed/;


Basic tools;

Contact with the local community;

Letters of invitation and other support to help you raise additional funds;


Laser printer;

Cleaning service;

Parallel program – sightseeing in the area of Gorna Lipnitsa: visiting of landmarks, open air museums in the region, open-air market in the nearest town and etc.;


Cycling route;

Yoga practice and Running;

Media coverage of the event;

Certificate for participation;

Final Event at the end of the residency;


Fee for participation: € 280 

Note: Once your application has been approved, your place will be secured after recieving full payment of the fee through PayPal. Travel, transport, visa, daily living expenses and medical insurance are not included in the fee.


Administrative fee for processing applications: € 5

Method of payment: PayPal


Terms of application:

Each candidate should send us:

–          CV

–          Information about the selected discipline;

–          The artists should present their works by sending info about website, portfolio or images;


Selection of participants:

The participants will be selected by jury.


Number of participants: up to 5 (five) artists


E-mail for application:


Schedule of the main activities:

20.08. Saturday – opening;

27.08. Saturday – closing exhibition;

28.08. Sunday – leaving the residency;


You can find more information about the residency here:

and on FacebookOld School Residence Gorna Lipnitsa