IMAGO International Artist Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

IMAGO International Artist Residency is part of the independent platform for contemporary art and culture Art and Culture Today (, founded in 2016 by Radoslav Mehandzhiyski and Teodora Konstantinova - well established Bulgarian art historians, contemporary art lecturers and curators.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Located in "The Village of Peace", Tsarimir, right next to the cultural capital of Europe for 2019 - the city of Plovdiv - IMAGO International Artist Residency is a liberating space for visual artists and creatives seeking simple and comfortable working environment for their projects development. It is also a source for artistic growth and inspiration, stemming from the exotic local culture, the inherent natural freedom of the place, the fascinating sights and experiences within the residency as well as the professional curatorial support offered by its founders... Our mission is to create a setting where your artistic potential blossoms!

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


1. Perfect Location:

- Really nice climate - hot autumn and spring, mild winter and burning summer!
- Easy and cheap to reach from within Europe.
- Slow and peaceful natural life in the village allowing you to fully focus on your project.
- Green environment, super tasty home grown eco food and dishes provided by the locals.
- Amazing opportunities to travel, explore and learn.
- Very affordable living and traveling costs.

2. Exceptional professional support:

We, the founders of the residency, are 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.
- Advise you on your professional development.
- Organize pop-up exhibition(s) with your work in Plovdiv and Sofia.
- Include your work in our ongoing or future projects.

3. Other exceptional experiences within the residency:

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

- Immerse yourself in our collection of more than 1000 thousand vinyl records with music from all over the world from the 12th to the 20th century.
- Enrich yourself through our digital collection of visual art consisting of thousands of artworks from prehistory to 21st century contemporary art.
- Enjoy our inspiring selection of art movies in a super relaxing home cinema setting.
- Join us for things you probably have never done before - shooting, fishing, feeding domestic animals, learn traditional skills and folklore dances.

You can find more info, photos, Q&A section and much more on our website:


The residency is located in a big 2200m2 green property with two houses, two independent studios, beautiful front yard with flowers and vine and huge backyard. One of the houses - with three separate bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom - is entirely for the artists. The bedrooms are 13-15 m2 each, fully furnished, with wifi connection. Everything required for a comofrtable stay is available - including laundry machine, fridge, second bathroom and kitchen, the setting is great for socializing and just enjoying your time alone or together with the other residents inside or outside the house!

We accommodate a maximum of three artists at the same time.

You can choose to work in the bigger studio (40m2) which is a reanovated barn with two independent entrances. When required, it is separated in two by a fence and it becomes a shared studio for two artists. The second studio (20m2) is a renovated garage. Cosy low ceiling space with dim daily light in its inside and bright light next to the big window. Its roof is easily reachable and one can quickly adapt it as a high view point open air studio. The frontayrd and the huge backyard are also at your disposal - you can choose to work inside, outside or just do both. The second house is where we the founders and our staff stays.


The standard duration of the residency is 1 month, but we can discuss longer periods too. You can find plenty of photos as well as detailed information about the concept of the residency, the amazing surroundings and the profile of the artists and creatives we are looking for at our website For more information you can contact us in advance any time at as well as mobile: 00359897953372

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Photography
Type of organisation
  • Other

International platform for contemporary art and culture

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
Grants available

In case you apply for external funding to cover the residency cost, once your application is approved, we will be ready to provide you with application approval letter and / or recommendation.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other
Expectations of the artist
  • Exhibition
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralWith plenty of cheap and easy to reach urban and other travelling options

  • Internet Connection
  • Collection of more than 1000 vinyl records, collection of hundreds of movies, digital collection of thousands of artworks, home cinema
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films

How to reach

By train

We are taking the residents from the airport - this is included in the residency fee. The closest train station is in the village called "Trud".

By plane

Easy to reach from most European cities, plenty of direct flights to Sofia, some good options to Plovdiv too. We are taking the residents from the airport (no matter in Sofia or Plovdiv) to Tsarimir and it is 150 km (about an hour and a half) from Sofia and the city Airport, 30 km (half an hour) from Plovdiv and the local airport.

By car

We are taking the residents from the airport - this is included in the residency fee. Still, it is 150 km (about an hour and a half) from Sofia and the city Airport, 30 km (half an hour) from Plovdiv and the local airport.

Nearest airport

Plovdiv and Sofia