Gorna Lipnitsa,

August 4 -14, 2017


Theme:  THE ROAD as a Ritual

 Deadline for applying:  May 9, 2017


Dear friends,

The team of the Old School residency is pleased to invite you to participate in the seventh edition of residency – THE ROAD as a Ritual, 2017. 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.

Dates of activity: August 4-14, 2017

Place: Gorna Lipnitsa village, Bulgaria

Theme: THE ROAD as a Ritual

The work of the artists will be organized based on previously prepared written materials in which THE ROAD will be presented as a symbol – through the prism of the mystical manifestations of travelling, as well as through the mathematical formulas and physical quantities connected to it.

The road of the artist, the road towards the New/Old world, the road as a ritual… Where the road begins, can we get lost, the role of the crossroad and the choice of direction. The speed at which we are going. Are we stopping or diverting from the road. The path of our movement – a straight line or a ritual circle. The time that we need. The road as a magical tool for change and release. What is the aim of our travelling?

The artists will have the opportunity to experiment and cross (walking, running) distances from one ancient Roman road which once went through the region beginning from the ancient village Novae /near Svishtov, on the shore of the Danube river), through the Roman town Nikopolis ad Istrum /its ancient ruins are situated near Gorna Lipnitsa/ and leading all the way to Constantinople (Istanbul).

The disciplines for participation are:

1. Painting

2. Performance

3. Visual arts and installations

4.  Music

5.  Wall-painting

6.  Photography

7.  Land art

8.  Short films

Festival program 

The program for the residency during 2017 is organized like a festival (fiesta and celebration) and will include plenty of events, connected to the theme – THE ROAD as a ritual – like performances, concerts, school for children, cinema nights, lectures, meetings, activities in the nature, visiting of cultural destinations and more.

The Residency provides:

Food and accommodation for the participants;

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

Materials for work;

Written materials on the topic;

Free Wi-Fi;

Contact with the local community;

Organized transport during the residency /if needed/;

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


Parallel program, connected with the theme of the residency;

Sightseeing in the region;

Media coverage of the event;

Certificate for participation;

Closing exhibition at the end of the residency;

Presentation of the participants and their works through an online exhibition.


Expenses paid by the artists: travel expenses to Gorna Lipnitsa. 


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;

– Short description of the initial idea for participating in the residency connected with the theme /optional/.

Note that it is desirable for the participants to stay for the entire period of the residency.

E-mail for application:

Selection of participants: Participants will be selected by jury.

Number of participants: up to 8 (eight) artists

Administrative fee for processing applications: € 10

Method of paymentYou can pay through PayPal –


Deadline for applying:  May 9, 2017

Results announcing: 8 – 21 May, 2017


Schedule of the main activities:

04.08.2017 /Friday/ – Arrival;

05.08.2017 /Saturday/ – Opening;

11.08.2017 /Friday/ – Public lecture/ Concert;

12.08.2017 /Saturday/ – Closing Exhibition;

13.08.2017 /Sunday/ – Curator tour;

14.08.2017 /Monday/ – Leaving the residency.



The Old school art residency

Community center Zora -1887

Development for Gorna Lipnitsa Association

Gorna Lipnitsa Municipality

with the financial support of Pavlikeni Municipality


The residency on Facebook: The Old School Residency Gorna Lipnitsa

More info about Gorna Lipnitsa:

The Old School residency is a member of the international network Res Artis.


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