Location: Bankya, Sofia, Bulgaria
Season Dates: May 17, 2014 - June 7, 2014
Session Dates: Standard Project: 17 – 31 May, 2014; Extended Project: 17 May – 7 June, 2014
Application Deadline: April 10, 2014
Discount for AIA members: 5% discount off the regular admission fee
Affiliation: Balkan Heritage Foundation; New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria and Conservation Of Sculptures, Monuments And Objects (CSMO)
Project Director: Ivan Vasilev (President of the Balkan Heritage Foundation, Visiting Professor, Medieval Art and Heritage Preservation, NBU) and George A. Bevan (PhD) - Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Queen's University, Canada
“Fresco-Hunting” Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches provides a unique opportunity to students and volunteers to take part in an expedition for documentation of abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescoes in Western Bulgaria and to visit many other Christian Orthodox churches and monasteries, museums and archaeological sites in Sofia, Western Bulgaria and Eastern Serbia.
The number of monuments in the project focus has been permanently decreasing due to the lack of effort to preserve and protect them from weather damage and vandalization. During the last six years the “Fresco-Hunting” Photo Expedition upgraded the existing database of drawn and photographic records of eleven churches and chapels in Western Bulgaria. The objective is: the publication of a ‘Corpus of Medieval Frescoes from Western Bulgaria’ and development of further projects to support the sites in danger through conservation,restoration, development/improvement of the site's management and fund-raising.
In 2014 the expedition envisions to enhance the database created during the previous seasons by documenting architecture and frescoes (and their condition) of two to three medieval Christian Orthodox chapels and small churches in Western Bulgaria and collecting new data on their history, artifacts and environment. The target region is geographically and culturally very close to present-day Eastern Serbia, where a photo-excursion will take place. The students will be able to find paralels and make comparisons with ecclesiastic monuments across the border.
Project Venue: a hotel in Bankya, a small SPA town in the Sofia Metropolitan Area, Bulgaria. The fieldwork during the work days will involve travel to the church sites (app. 60-80 km away from Bankya) and the transport will be arranged by the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS).
The Field School Project has two versions: Standard (17-31 May, 2014) and Extended (17 May - 7 June, 2014).
The STANDARD PROJECT is suitable for students, young specialists and people with interests in european medieval studies, orthodox architecture and art, fresco restoration and conservation as well as photography.
The EXTENDED PROJECT is suitable also for those with interest in digital photography and documentation of artifacts and architecture and have some familiarity with the basic principles of photography, digital slr cameras and those who are comfortable with learning new computer programs.
The Standard Field School Project (17 - 31 May, 2014) is comprised of:
The Extended Field School Project (17 May - 7 June, 2014) is comprised of:
All participants will receive:
Period(s) of Occupation: Late Medieval period (fourteenth to seventeenth century).
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No (for participants in the Standard project). Participants in the Extended project are expected to have some familiarity with the basic principles of photography, digital SLR cameras and those who are comfortable with learning new computer programs.
Room and Board Arrangements
In comfortable rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV) in a hotel located in the downtown of Bankya, wich also provides free Wi-Fi. Laundry service is available. Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian food) per day are covered by the admission fee. They usually take place (except the lunch packages during the excursions) in the hotel restaurant. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 33 EUR. Single rooms are available upon request for the supplement of 170 EUR (for one-week period).
Cost: Admission fee before 31 January, 2014 for the Standard/Extended Project is 1259/1889 EUR (app. 1599/2429 USD). Admission (regular) fee after 31 January, 2014 for the Standard/Extended Project is 1399/2099 EUR (app.1799/ 2699 USD). The admission fee includes educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), tools, materials, project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.
Name of institution offering credit: New Bulgarian University
Number of credits offered: 6 / 9 credits for participation in the Standard / Extended Field School Project.
Tuition: Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee starting from 270 EUR (app. 350 USD)!
Ms. Anna Parmakova
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Phone: + 359 877 725 052
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