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With international participation


Veliko Turnovo - 2013 


From October 18 to December 18, 2013 the city of Veliko Turnovo will be the venue for the THIRD BIENNALE OF CHURCH ART. 


ORGANIZERS: Ministry of Culture, The Holy Veliko Turnovo Metropolis, Veliko Turnovo Municipality, “St. Cyril and St. MethodiusUniversity of Veliko Turnovo, The Orthodox Theological Faculty at the University of Veliko Turnovo, The Union of the Bulgarian Artists, the Pokrov Foundation.


AIM: The exhibition is a forum of contemporary art within the field of Orthodox Church art: iconography, mural painting, woodcarving, mosaics and other forms of art related to the temple and the worship practices.


PARTICIPANTS: Artists, working in the field of Church art.*



Participants can exhibit: 

  • icon paintingup to three works; 
  • woodcarving (monumental and plastic miniatures) – up to three works or three panels with photographs and schemes of already realized works; 
  • murals and mosaics up to three actual works and/or three panels with photographs and schemes of already realized works; 
  • church plate, textile, graphics, miniatures and othersup to three works or schemes;
  • multimediapresentation of realized works.


The presented works and photograph panels should be in a form appropriate for direct exhibition.


APPLICATIONS for participation are accepted by September 15th 2013 by e-mail at theolog@uni-vt.bg    or by mail at the following address: Svetla Ivanova, Orthodox Theological Faculty, “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Turnovo, 2 Teodosij Turnovski Str.

   The participants are expected to send in quality photographs of their works in electronic form or by post as well as a filled-in application form for participation.  

The organizers are to make a preliminary selection of the works according to the sent applications for participation. In the selection are engaged the members of the organizing department as well as recognized specialists in the field of religious art who are invited by the Department. 

The results of the selection will be announced on September 17th 2013 on the Internet site of the Orthodox Theological Faculty https://pbfvt.pravoslavie.bg, on the Internet site of the University of Veliko Turnovo, Orthodox Theological Faculty www.uni-vt.bg and on www.pravoslavie.bg. 


The works for the exhibition should be received in between October 10th and October 15th 2013 at the following address: Exhibition complex Rafael Mihajlov”, 1 Rafael Mihajlov” str., Veliko Turnovo 5000.  

The participants are expected to cover the expenses for the transportation of their works to and from Veliko Turnovo.**  

Works and panels incongruous with the requirements will not be accepted. On the back of each work or panel the author should indicate a title for the respective work, the year of creation, size, material, technique used and value (if any).

After the closing of the exhibition the works will be returned to each author personally or at the address given by the author at the expense of each respective author.

Organizers are not responsible for works not claimed after one month from the exhibition closing. 


Every participating artist will receive a certificate of attendance at the Biennale as well as a CD catalogue with the works from the exhibition. The works will be published in an electronic catalogue on the Internet site of the Orthodox Theological Faculty  http://pbfvt.pravoslavie.bg/ as well as on www.pravoslavie.bg. 


Аddress: Orthodox Theological Faculty

“St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Turnovo

2 Teodosij Turnovski Str.

Veliko Turnovo 5000

Tel.: +359 62 618243

Е-mail:  theolog@uni-vt.bg

Official web site:  http://pbfvt.pravoslavie.bg 


 Entry form


 * Works by authors who by the time of the Biennale are still BA students in the field of Arts and have not yet acquired the respective degree will not be accepted.

 ** We encourage authors from a country which is not a member of the European Union to become familiar with the rules for import/export of works of art and their customs charges. If you use a postal or courier service, please label the package "For exhibition only. No commercial value”. 





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