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Bulgarian artists awarded residencies at Cité internationale des arts

Date: 21.12.2008

Every year, 10 Bulgarian artists, winners of a national visual arts competition, are granted a free-of-charge residency at the Cité internationale des arts Paris, a foundation that hosts professional artists who aspire to create in France. The winners of the 2008 competition were announced at a ceremony at Shipka 6 – Union of Bulgaria Artists on December 18.

When the French governmnent opened the Cité internationale des arts opened in 1965, inspired by an idea by the Cité's patron Félix Bruno, the Bulgarian culture ministry paid a sum to lease two of the ateliers, from then on rent-free, for a period of 98 years.

This year, the Bulgarian competition expanded its borders and also granted residencies for a programme at Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany, a press release said.

The jury, headed by Dimitar Grozdanov, consisted of Ivo Bistrichki, Damyan Damyanov, Nikolai Kolyazov, Borislav Krustev, Nikolai Boshev, Yoanna Kemileva, Mihaela Padeva, Stefan Popov, Ivailo Panayotov, Yordan Yordanov and Neli Pousheva.

Winners this years were:

  • Tzvetelina Maximova – painting
  • Neli Hristova – ceramics
  • Plamen Avramov – sculpture
  • Miryana Manolova – painting
  • Simeon Shivachev – painting
  • Alexander Doichinov – painting
  • Todor Lambov – sculpture
  • Mariyana Raynova – textile
  • Vessela Nozharova – art critic
  • Stoyan Koutsev – painting
  • Petko Genov – sculpture

Wait-listed were Adelina Fileva for art critic and Petrinel Gochev for ceramics. The works of participants in the competition are on display at Shipka 6 – Union of Bulgaria Artists until January 14 2009.

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