Young Artist Residency is a new programme of Open Arts Foundation in collaboration with Sarieva Gallery, Plovdiv, providing practical support for the development of young artists.
The programme combines artistic, research and educational activities in an innovative way. The project is implemented with the financial support of the National Culture Fund. Young Artist Residency is realized partially in Plovdiv, in the area of Open Arts Foundation, Sarieva Gallery, artnewscafe, and partially online.


Young Artist Residency: ‘Communication and Art’ – residency for graphic designers
Elena Chergilarova

Elena Chergilarova is a graphic designer from Sofia. She studied BA Communication Design at the Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule and is currently working as a freelancer at the art department of the production service company Solent Film. In 2020 she did an internship at Epic Sofia. She experiments with analogue photography and has participated in various artistic projects, including the fourth edition of Sofia Art Week.
Elena Chergilanova presented the book edition "Off-Spaces & Non-Places", which the young author completed within the framework of the Sarieva Gallery's residency "Communication and Art". In it, she addresses the topics of exhibition design and phenomenology of space, based on her theoretical research and impressions from the activities of the Open Arts Foundation.


The aim of Young Artist Residency is to discover young artists, support and guide them by a mentor or mentors in the overall process of creating, presenting, documenting and showing their works, projects and ideas to an audience or collectors. A new and comfortable environment to be created for artists to work in. Collaboration and cooperation with experts in the field to be enabled.An atypical shared experiential environment between author-audience-gallery-curators to be created. A different institutional model to be examined and tested.
The project continues, builds on and develops long-standing activities and interests in the areas of support for young artists, residency programmes, audience development, introducing innovative models of Open Arts Foundation and Sarieva Gallery.


The project was realized with the financial support of National Culture Fund.