Educational Program

The educational program of the Open Arts Foundation, focusing on contemporary art, covers various formats and started in 2008 with the aim of increasing the audience interested in contemporary art in Bulgaria and creating a new one by giving more in-depth knowledge and interest to authors and specifics on the local stage, to present international good examples, trends and practices and to create an environment for developing the context of contemporary art and collecting in the country. 

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The following projects of the foundation are included in the program: artnewscafe bulletin (since 2008); the project “Creation of a Museum for Contemporary Art by Ivan Mudov” (2010), the educational platform “Introduction to Contemporary Art” (since 2011); Collectors’ Forum (since 2011); Focus: Bulgaria (2015); Walk & Talk with Luchezar Boyadjiev (2016); the newspaper column in Capital Light “Introduction to Contemporary Art” (2016); the book “Introduction to Bulgarian Contemporary Art (1982-2015)” by Vessela Nozharova (2018); " Open Art Files: Topics, People, Spaces, Files in Bulgarian Contemporary Art" (2018 - 2019); Circle of Friends for Bulgarian Art (2020).



FUTURE UNFORGETTABLE is a curated multi-genre situation in the sphere of visual arts.

Brittle Power

Open Arts Foundation is a partner in the Brittle Power project, which opens season 2021 of Kunsthal 44Møen, a space for international exhibitions in Denmark.


Dzhadzha is a collaboration between Open Arts Foundation, gallery Gallery, and Sariev gallery, in which we explore how contemporary electronic and digital art is created, sold, collected and preserved.

Collectors` Forum 2021

Collectors’ Forum 2021 is being implemented in Plovdiv and Sofia and is presenting its spring programme in March and April, and an autumn programme in September and October.

Circle of Friends for Bulgarian Art

In September 2020 Sariev and Open Arts Foundation, Plovdiv with Office for Art, Berlin, are launching an initiative to found a Circle of Friends for Bulgarian Art.

Collectors` Forum 2019

Christian Kaspar Schwarm – founder of the global platform “Independent Collectors” and collector himself – talks about his personal motives for having let contemporary art enter his life two decades ago.

Open Art Files: Notes and Footnotes

The exhibition gathers artworks by artists of different generations and ages, who for a short period and at different times were provoked by common intuition, by the " zeitgeist" or driven by the possibilities of new and familiar means of expression.The program of "Open Art Files: Notes and footnotes" will include series of lectures, screenings and meetings with artists and curators.

Collectors` Forum 2018

Within the Collectors’ Forum, Cervantes Institute, Open Arts Foundation and SARIEV Contemporary Gallery presented a lecture by the Spanish collector from Bulgarian origin Luis Bassat – “The Life of a Collector”.

Open Art Files

“Open Art Files: Topics, People, Spaces, Files in Bulgarian Contemporary Art” is a project that seeks to popularize Bulgarian contemporary art in Bulgaria and abroad. The project consists of series of two-year activities in 2018 and in 2019 for the building of, a database of Bulgarian contemporary art, as well as curatorial visits, presentations and exhibitions introducing the project.

Collectors` Forum 2017

In 2017 Introduction to Contemporary Art had a lecture on art collecting, part of Collectors’ Forum, a project that strives to introduce to the audience the concept of art collecting and building a collection.

Introduction to Contemporary Art 2017 - 100 Years Art of Action

The autumn series of lectures of "Introduction to Contemporary Art", 2017 addressed a little discussed, but increasingly relevant topic - performance art. In four exciting lectures in November, united under the theme " 100 Years Art of Action. Live Art between the Staged and the Real”, we heard firsthand the stories of four experts with many years of experience and versatile contact with the art of performance. 

Introduction to Contemporary Art 2017 - Potemkin Villages

Potemkin Villages, Home and Abroad. Conversations with French Contemporary Artists from the Richard Foundation Award and Curators is realized in the context of the exhibition ‘Palais Potemkine’ in association with Pernod Richard Bulgariq, Foundation Richard, Institut Francaise and the National Gallery the Palace. The series of talks introduced to the audience with the state of French contemporary art in a conversation with some of the most intriguing French artists.

Collectors` Forum 2016

Collectors' Forum is a project by SARIEV Contemporary and Open Arts Foundation, which aims to introduce the Bulgarian audience to the concept of collecting and building a collection of contemporary art.

Introduction to Contemporary Art 2016 - Life Beyond the End of Art

In 2016 the cycle of lectures at the SCAG asks many questions - where does art end, what follows after it, what is itsrelationship with theory and various academic disciplines, where is the place of art and how it "haunts" in an institutional context. In other words, "Introduction" this year deals with "Life after the end of art."

Introduction to Contemporary Art 2016 - Walk & Talk with Luchezar Boyadjiev

For its sixt edition the platform starts the new format Walk & Talk with the artist Luchezar Boyadjiev. It continues its edutional strategy for creating knowledge and awareness for contemporary art and the new format offers a new approach for active involvement of the audience and for connecting art and public space and putting them in a broader context.

Introduction to contemporary art with a column in Capital LIGHT

"Introduction to Contemporary Art" program of SARIEV Contemporary Gallery and Open Arts Foundation continues the line of their common educational program. In its pages, Capital LIGHT introduces the audience to the latest trends, the leading art cities and the most interesting events, the role of collecting and the most influential curators, artists and more.

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