Award for critics

The Essential Reading for Art Writers Award

The Essential Reading for Art Writers Award is an initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia. This annual award is conceived as a tool of encouragement for those who actively write about contemporary art; for those who through their activities push the development of critical thinking; for those upholding the sense of responsibility and ethics in the public debate thus contributing to the formation of art audiences, to the expansion of the understanding of art, to the reinforcement of its stand and position in the life of society. Within the art scene this award is meant to raise the symbolic status of writing on contemporary art. The material expression of the award is a book, which aims to emphasize the fact that access to professional literature on contemporary art is still a problem in Bulgaria.

Art Writers Award for 2018


For the sixth time this year the Essential Reading for Art Writers Award, an initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, was presented. Former recipients of the award are Boryana Rossa (2007), Daniela Radeva (2008), the author of the internet blog 'Nothing Personal' (2009) and the editorial team (Petya Alexandrova, Nina Venova, Lyudmila Dimova) of LIK Magazine (2010), Vladiya Mihaylova (2012).

The 2018 award is presented to Stefka Tsaneva.

Art Writers Award for 2012


For the fifth time this year the Essential Reading for Art Writers Award, an initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, was presented. Former recipients of the award are Boryana Rossa (2007), Daniela Radeva (2008), the author of the internet blog 'Nothing Personal' (2009) and the editorial team (Petya Alexandrova, Nina Venova, Lyudmila Dimova) of LIK Magazine (2010).


The 2012 award is presented to Vladiya Mihaylova – art critic, theoretician and contemporary art curator.

For 2010


For the fourth time this year the Essential Reading for Art Writers Award, an initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, was presented. Former recipients of the award are Boryana Rossa (2007), Daniela Radeva (2008), and the author of the internet blog 'Nothing Personal' (2009).

The 2010 award is presented to the Editorial Team (Petya Alexandrova, Nina Venova, Lyudmila Dimova) of LIK, the monthly publication for literature, art and culture of the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency in Sofia.

The Fridge, April 12, 2010 The Fridge, April 12, 2010

Art Writers Award for 2009


For 2009 the award is the book “Institutional Critique and After” (papers from the SoCCAS Symposia in 2005; Paperback Edition, JRP/Ringier 2006; Authors: Andrea Fraser, Isabelle Graw, Jens Hoffmann, Renee Green, Hans Haacke, Monica Bonvicini, Mike Kelley, John Searle, The Yes Men and John C. Welchman, Editor) and it is awarded to the author (or authors) of the Internet blog “Nothing Personal”.

 	 Important Announcement Sofia Art Gallery, 2006 Installation View Important Announcement Sofia Art Gallery, 2006 Installation View

Art Writers Award for 2008


The winner for 2008 is Daniela Radeva.

The Winner of The Essential Reading for Art Writers Award for 2007 is Boryana Dragoeva-Rossa The Winner of The Essential Reading for Art Writers Award for 2007 is Boryana Dragoeva-Rossa

Art Writers Award for 2007


The winner for 2007 is Boryana Dragoeva-Rossa.

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