Results of the Artistic Residenecy EMPACT-NATFA “Water: Memory and Movement ” in Sozopol: Artists meet audiences
From 26 August to 6 September 2023, the three artists-in-residence Andrea Davanzati (sculptor, Italy), Giulia Pelegrini (painter, Italy) and Dimitris Savva (musician, Cyprus) worked on the development of their creative projects, influenced by their encounter with the “spirit and memory” of Sozopol and the sea, in collaboration with the EMPACT team of the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts “Kr. Sarafov”.
More about the artists and the already finished projects, you can find here.
26 August -06 September
Artists Andrea Davanzati (sculptor, Italy), Giulia Pellegrini (painter, Italy), and Dimitris Savva (musician, Cyprus) presented on 31 August 2023 the development of their creative projects, influenced by their encounter with the “spirit and memory” of Sozopol and the sea.
Andrea will have a public presentation of his project, related to the stars, zodiac signs and water, titled “Under the same sky” on 3 September 2023 at 6 pm at the Central Beach in Sozopol. After that at 7 pm Giulia will present her artistic project “DE(oxygenation)”. In connection with the upcoming presentation, she held a creative workshop for children on the theme “Let’s Repopulate the Black Sea”, presenting paper models of various marine species and talking about biodiversity.
The three artists continue to work on their projects, seeking daily new knowledge and provocations for their development. On 4 September 2023, at 4 pm – 6 pm at the Educational-Sport base “Lazur”, Sozopol, the artistic residencies, resulting from the project EMPACT – “Water: memory and movement” will be presented and each artist will emphasize on the whole creative process and final results from the residency in Sozopol.
More information about the artists and the concept projects, you can find here.
⇒ EMPACT – NATFA Creative Residence „ Water: memory and movement “ in collaboration with the Apollonia Arts Festival
26.08.2023 – 06.09.2023 Sozopol, Bulgaria
The 12-day EMPACT Artistic Residency of the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts “Kr.Sarafov” (NATFA) on the theme of “Water: Memory & Movement”, in cooperation with the Apollonia Festival of the Arts, starts soon: 26 August – 6 September!
EMPACT residencies aim to facilitate artists in creating, through sustainable practices, art that fosters an empathic stance towards non-human beings and nature; that is, art that encourages people to relate to non-human beings as well and thus acquire experiential knowledge about issues related to climate change. “EMPACT: Empathy and Impact: The art of thinking like a mountain” project considers the artist’s own emotional and empathic stance as a key point that will allow them to effectively incorporate the concept of sustainability and empathy in their artistic production.
Artistic residencies as part of EMPACT project will happen in four European places: Nature, Art & Habitat Residency (NAHR) – Italy; Vorres Museum – Greece, Espacio Rojo – Spain and NATFA – Bulgaria. The international jury selected 14 artists who will take part in these four residencies in the summer and autumn of 2023.
More information about the concept and the artists here.
EMPACT Artistic Residency Announcement
Announcing selected artists of the EMPACT Artistic Residencies Programme!
Following the exciting call for artists to apply to the EMPACT Artistic Residencies Programme, the EMPACT team received an overwhelming response from interested creatives across Europe eager to partake in a residency programme in one of our sort after locations hosted by EMPACT Partners, Nature, Art & Habitat Residency (NAHR), Vorres Museum, National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) “Kr. Sarafov”, and Espacio Rojo.
The international jury has confirmed the names of 14 successful artists that partners are proud to welcome to the EMPACT project by participating in the upcoming Artistic Residencies Programme taking place in Summer – Autumn 2023. The chosen artists will join us for 12 days in one of the various locations.
See the creative profiles of the selected artists here:https://www.empact-project.org/empact-artistic-residency-announcement/
The EMPACT Partners anticipate the amazing works that these artists will produce relating to the themes of the project EMPACT – Empathy and Sustainability: The Art of Thinking Like a Mountain and explore how these broad topics can be interconnected. They will do so by relating to particularities of the local character and context of each residency and host institution. Artists will produce work in various media and artistic fields, depending on the mandate of each inviting institution (e.g., visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, philosophy).
New works will be presented to the public at the end of each residency and later a selection of the artworks will be jointly presented in an exhibition at Vorres Museum in Athens.
Empathy and Sustainability: The Art of Thinking Like a Mountain
Artistic Residencies Programme (2023)
Deadline for submission: Sunday, 19 February 2023, by 23:59 CET
The EMPACT consortium is pleased to announce our open call for the upcoming Empathy and Sustainability: The Art of Thinking Like a Mountain, Artistic Residencies Programme (2023), is now open for applications! If you are an artist above the age of 21, and work in any creative areas and in any medium we want to hear from you!
About the residency programme:
Four partner institutions of the European project EMPACT invite artists to apply for short-term artist-in-residence programmes in: Athens (Greece), Madrid (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria), Taleggio Valley (Italy)!
Selected participants are invited to develop works relating to the themes of the project EMPACT –Empathy and Sustainability: The Art of Thinking Like a Mountain and explore how these broad topics can be interconnected. They will do so by relating to particularities of the local character and context of each residency and host institution. Artists will produce work in various media and artistic fields, depending on the mandate of each inviting institution (e.g., visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, philosophy).
New works will be presented to the public at the end of each residency and later a selection of the artworks will be jointly presented in an exhibition at Vorres Museum in Athens. The residencies will take place in the summer and autumn of 2023.
Each applicant can select up to two preferred hosts. Before applying, the applicants are advised to look into each partner institution and select the one that best matches their interests and artistic portfolio. Residencies will take place in Vorres Museum (Greece), Espacio Rojo (Spain), Nature, Art & Habitat Residency (NAHR – Italy) and The National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) (Bulgaria), at:
NAHR fellows will visit high and low pastures, walk across the mountains and landscapes (natural and built), attend and participate to dedicated lectures by specialists and have the opportunity for site-specific investigations in the area and topics related to EMPACT and to NAHR 2023 Topic AIR: Commons, Chaotic Fluid, Inspiration.
Vorres Museum will provide visual artists – working in all media – the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of Greek modern art through their engagement with the museum’s permanent collection and immerse themselves in developing artworks relating to the given subject. Residents will be able to take advantage of its scenic natural environment – a paradigm of Mediterranean gardening redefined in the light of climate change, focusing on a sustainable approach.
NATFA’s residency theme is ‘Water: Memory & Movement’ and will be on the creation of a performative story, focusing on artists’ own resilience and sustainability. The residency will take place in the town of Sozopol on the Black Sea and residents will have the opportunity to get inspired by the beauty of the sea, rivers, and mountain areas in the region, as well as by the rich cultural heritage of the ancient city. The residency is organised in collaboration with the Apollonia Festival of the Arts and participants can attend a number of arts and culture events during this period.
Espacio Rojo artists will be able to facilitate empathic and sustainable art creation on the theme “Nature, Health and Care’ in the urban environment with vulnerable groups for social inclusion and change in collaboration in diverse sites, scales and cultural institutions to be confirmed.
- NAHR: 4 July – 16 July 2023
- Vorres Museum: 31 July – 11 August 2023
- NATFA: 26 August – 6 September 2023
- Espacio Rojo: 16 September – 29 September 2023
The aim of the programme:
EMPACT initiates a dialogue between artists, sustainability experts, philosophers and social scientists, in order to explore the importance of empathy as a key to aid people tackle and act upon climate change. Specifically, EMPACT aims to facilitate artists in creating, through sustainable practices, art that fosters an empathic stance towards non-human beings and nature; that is, art that encourages people to relate to non-human suffering in a first-personal manner and thus acquire experiential knowledge about climate change related issues. EMPACT considers the artist’s own emotional and empathic stance as a key point that will allow them to effectively incorporate the concept of sustainability in their artistic production.
Who can apply:
The call is open to creative persons of all fields, backgrounds, working in any creative areas and in any medium. Applicants must be above the age of 21. Artists will be asked to state a preferred choice of the residency venue. Eligible applicants are individuals who are taxpayers in one of the project consortium countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Spain). The international jury consists of members from each partner institution. The selection criteria include originality, feasibility, and overall artistic quality of the proposals. Successful candidates are provided the space and critical context to push forward exciting art works and thinking models of re-learning to co-exist in empathetic environments and to produce sophisticated ecologies of shared futures.
Candidates are asked to submit their CVs (up to 4 pages), portfolio of recent creative projects (up to 6 pages, including illustrations) and short proposal for their project/relevant ongoing research that relates to the themes of empathy and sustainability and to the preferred residency host institution (up to 500 words).
Travel, accommodation, sustenance & deliverables
Artistic residencies will offer artists the chance to work with international collaborators (curators, cultural sector professionals) and create a new work of art at their equipped venues (see individual institution websites for details). During the residency, the resident will be expected to deliver a two-hour presentation about their artistic practice to the public. The residencies will culminate in each host institution presenting the work to the public. The works co-produced at the residencies will also be presented on the EMPACT website. Selected artworks will be shown in an exhibition at the Vorres Museum (Athens).
The residency will cover (this may vary slightly from host institution to institution, see each for details):
- Travel (up to 800 EUR), the use of trains is encouraged, when possible, to limit emissions, flights are economy class only – receipts to be provided;
- Accommodation (arranged by the host institution);
- Sustenance (up to 800 EUR), see each residency call for details.
Intellectual property on the work, created during the residence (including images, videos, files, etc.), belongs to the respective artists but is expected to be provided to the residency host institution and EMPACT project free of charge for dissemination and communication purposes.
About EMPACT: www.empact-project.org