What does IMAGO mean?

 

IMAGO means "image" in Latin, but it is also a biological term standing for the last stage an insect attains during its metamorphosis. The big studio of the residency is a renovated barn where one of the founders' grandparents has harvested silk bugs. So, the metaphor is clear - through IMAGO we are providing the best possible conditions for you to work and develop!

 

We address artists predominantly in the field of the visual arts with a stress on contemporary art (painting, photography, light sculpture, installations, textile, video art). The residency is also the right place for creatives looking for solitude while doing their artistic research as well as for musicians, curators, film and new media enthusiasts and professionals.

Perfect Location:

The village of Tsarimir (literally meaning "The village where peace blossoms") is located in one of the most fertile areas of Bulgaria - the Thracian Valley. It is only 30 minutes away from Plovdiv - the second largest city in the country which is Europe's cultural capital for 2019. It is just an hour and a half away from the capital of Sofia. The climate is super nice - hot autumn and spring, mild winter and burning summer! 

  • Easy and cheap to reach from most European cities.

  • Slow and peaceful natural life in the village allowing you to fully focus on your project.

  • Overall residency green area of more than 2200m2.

  • Great opportunities to travel, explore and learn.

  • Super tasty home grown food and dishes provided by the locals.

Exceptional professional support:


We, the founders of the residency, are Sofia based art historians, curators and contemporary art lecturers - we are also the founders of the independent platform for contemporary art and culture - Art and Culture Today. To the extent you would like, we can:

  • Connect you with other professionals in the field - artists, gallery owners, curators.

  • Involve you in professional discussions about art.

  • Think, discuss and write about your art (stidio visits included).

  • Advise you on your professional development.

  • Organize pop-up exhibition with your work in Sofia or Plovdiv. Usually it is a group pop-up exhibition with the works of all residents for the month.

  • Include your work in our ongoing or future projects.

  • Screen for you our lectures in English about contemporary art - both global and Bulgarian - with following discussions.

 

Even though we are based in Sofia, we will be personally present at the residency the first and the last 7-10 days of your residency stay! When we are travelling for commitments outside of the residency area, we’ll always be available for personal and professional support via mobile, viber, whatsApp and all other communication channels - also, while we are away, at the residency there will be at least one staff member helping you out with everything you might need!

 

Other exceptional experiences within the residency:

 

Along with the cosy studios, the big yards and the simple and comfortable accommodation, the residency experience allows you to: 

  • Immerse yourself in a wide and intimate musical exploration through our collection of more than 1000 thousand vinyl records with music from the 12th to the 20th century.

  • Enrich yourself through our digital collection of visual art consisting of thousands of artworks.

  • Enjoy our wide and inspiring selection of art movies in a super relaxing home cinema setting.

  • Treat yourself with hot springs wine & spa experiences!

  • Be surprised by the curious local flea markets.

  • Join us for things you probably have never done before - riding horses, feeding domestic animals, learn traditional skills and folklore dances, fishing, shooting, flying with a moto delta planer and much more!

At the residency we provide you with diverse selection of working tools, musical instruments and leisure equipment which includes:

  • Two sewing machines.

  • Two guitars (electrical and acoustic), an amplifier, semi-professional synthesizer, tarambuka, harmonicas.

  • Easels, different pliers, screw-drivers (including electrical), electrical saws, hammers, electrical sandpapers, drilling machines suitable for wood and metal, paint job tools.

  • Inflatable pool suitable for the hottest months (usually between June and the first half of September).

  • Imprpovised outdoors fire place.

  • Air guns and a small cross-bow.

  • Vinyl records player.

  • Two bikes.

In the village one can easily find super tasty home grown food and traditional drinks available from the locals:

  • Seasonal fruits and evegtables.

  • Eggs, home made cheese and yogurt.

  • Honey and honey derivative products.

  • Home grown meat and locally harvested fish.

  • Home made wine and rakia (the tradiotional local spirit drink).

 WHY IMAGO?

What makes Imago special both locally and globally? 

WHO ARE WE - THE FOUNDERS?

Аrt historians, curators,

 easy-going, enjoying life... 

RESIDENCY FEE

HOW TO APPLY

Simple and easy... 

IS IMAGO THE PLACE FOR YOU?

If you like this section, definitely YES!

STUDIO AND ACCOMMODATION

Comfortable, cosy, liberating, unpretentious...

Q & A's

No answer to your question? Just send us an e-mail!

LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS

Slow life, home grown food, amazing culture, surprises...

IMAGO ARTISTS AND EXHIBITIONS

Check our the ones who have already participated!