AMATERAS – The annual exhibition and competition for small format paper art.
The annual exhibition-contest for paper art small format is the original cause for creating Sofia Paper Art Fest in 2011. It is the largest project of AMATERAS foundation in the country, and throughout Europe, connected with art paper. This makes it an important part of the cultural strategy of Sofia 2013 – 2023. Many of the authors, who will be presented are favorites of Art Alley and will participate in the Biennial for Paper Art.
From May 7 to June 6, 2013 for the seventh consecutive time AMATERAS Foundation organizes annual exhibition-contest for paper art small format. For seven years, the Foundation together with the ART ALLEY have presented to the Bulgarian audience more than 600 authors from 37 countries with the unique by nature works of art created from paper.
In the fifth, anniversary year of the establishment of Sofia Paper Art Fest, traditionally the participants’ exposure of their work will happen in the cozy and full of artistic spirit Capital gallery ART ALLEY – constant partner of the project. In this day festival will begin with the opening of the Biennial in Vivacom Art Hall, but the most intriguing news – the announcement of the awards falls on Art Alley Gallery.
Competiting for the prizes are artists from Germany, Scotland, Japan, Switzerland, Norway and for the first time in the nominations there is so great Bulgarian presentation. With each passing year the interest is growing among young artists from Bulgaria and foreign authors who are admirers of non-standard solutions and are inclined to experiment. Normally, the international jury is of renowned authors from the World Association of artists working with paper and this fact contributes to the fair decision of the jury. Often the chosen works are with high quality hand paper with clear and pure concept, but sometimes works that border with designs solutions and fine minimalist vision are selected.
This year the competition for the grand prize is between three authors who have proven in many international forums their achievements and the final decision will show which of the works most closely fits in this year concept – Share Innovation.
Art Alley Gallery is an emblematic place for Sofia and it is a real oasis for art in the heart of Sofia. The beautiful old house, gathering in history and present, will surround you with the spirit of the magnetic power of art and the unique spirit of spirituality and culture supported over the years by its creators – the gallerist Svetlana Ganeva and the curator Stefan Popov. Thanks to the cooperation of the Gallery and Amateras Foundation, this exhibition for the seventh time will excite citizens of the capital, and this tradition is rare in the cultural life of Sofia.
All who want to know the secrets of the small paper forms with big ideas and unlimited possibilities, we expect you on Gladstone Str. 51-A from 7 May to 6 June 2015, ART ALLEY Gallery.