The Open Arts Foundation was founded in Plovdiv, in 2007, by Katrin and Vesselina Sarievi. Before that (2005-6), the Open Arts Foundation existed as a platform for non-commercial culture of the Sariev Gallery, developing such projects as the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries (the foundation’s largest undertaking). In March 2010, the Open Arts Foundation opened its own office in 36 Otets Paisiy St., in close proximity to the Sariev Gallery and the artnewscafé.Today Open Arts is one of three organizations of its creators with Sariev Contemporary and artnewscafe, working for sustainable development and creation of models and practices to support the Bulgarian modern culture. The activities and projects of Open Arts Foundation have wide recognition, they have a number of awards and many followers. Open Arts Foundation’s activities for the past seven years has been described as one of the important factors for the development and activation of the contemporary cultural life of the city.


36 Otets Paisii St.


Sariev Contemporary has built a representative list of Bulgarian-born artists and committed itself to promoting Bulgarian contemporary art internationally and locally through establishing a new model for a contemporary art gallery in the country. The gallery features mainly solo exhibitions centered around a clearly expressed concept by an artist and/or curator, developed especially for Sariev Contemporary. Our artists are internationally recognized, with crucial contributions to the art of the transitional 1980’s and 90’s, as well as young artists at the beginning of their career. We annually organize a Background: Young Artists exhibition.


40, Otets Paisiy str.


Art Today Association was established in 1997 as a nongovernmental organization registered in public favor. The Association’s aim is to present alternative and experimental forms of contemporary art; to work for their study and documentation; to build an informational data base presenting contemporary authors; to prepare periodical and unique print materials for art; to create a multimedia laboratory and residence program; to implement training programs for young people; to organize seminars, discussions, workshops; to popularize its activity among wide range of people, giving priority to pupils, students and young people.


36 Konstantin Stoilov Str.