17 December 2018

Pre-premiere presentation of the website openartfiles.bg







Open Arts Foundation and Plovdiv 2019 Foundation

Pre-premiere presentation of the website openartfiles.bg


18 December 2018 (Tuesday), 5:30 pm
SKLAD, 16 Ekzarh Yosif Str., Plovdiv
Free entrance

With: Vesselina Sarieva (project initiator and concept development), Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva (artistic director of Plovdiv 2019 Foundation), Vera Mlechevska (curator/ editor in chief of web content) and I-Creativ Studio (website design and programming)


Open Arts Foundation and Plovdiv 2019 Foundation are pleased to invite you to the first public presentation of the new bilingual website for Bulgarian contemporary art openartfiles.bg, part of the project “Open Art Files: Topics, People, Spaces, Files in Bulgarian Contemporary Art” that seeks to popularize Bulgarian contemporary art in Bulgaria and abroad. This is a new project of Open Arts Foundation, part of its long-standing educational platform “Introduction to Contemporary Art” and is part of the official program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.
The presentation will be held on 18 December 2018, at 5:30 pm at SKLAD, 16 Ekzarh Yosif Str., Plovdiv.

The site openartfiles.bg presents a database and archive of contemporary Bulgarian art, an online library and specially created thematic critical texts. Openartfiles.bg is bilingual and will be updated and supplemented to create a more thorough picture of the processes, main topics, artists and events in the contemporary Bulgarian art scene.
The content is built into four main panels: Topics, People, Spaces and Files, presented in a clear and accessible way. The Topics panel features specially created for Open Art Files authors‘ texts by critics, curators, art historians and artists serivng to navigate the readers. In the People panel can be found individual profiles of artists, curators, gallerists, art historians and critics, and in Spaces – information about state institutions, non-profit creative organizations, private galleries, donor organizations, informal unions – all included on the basis of the content of thematic articles. The Filespanel is an online library (articles, exhibition brochures, catalogues, video archives and other links and archives, some of which have never been available online) generated by the other three panels.

Currently, the site starts with about 100 profiles in the People panel, 20 spaces, 15 key articles, and a library of more than 12300 resources. By the end of the year, the site will grow to more than 120 individual profiles, over 30 spaces, 25 articles and 14000 library resources. In 2019 the site content will be complemented and will be finally released in February. The following year, within the project “Open Art Files: Topics, People, Spaces, Files in Bulgarian Contemporary Art” will be held an exhibition promoting the openartfiles.bg website, an educational panel and a program of working visits and lectures by international art professionals, which will be realized in Plovdiv.


“Open Art Files: Topics, People, Spaces, Files in Bulgarian Contemporary Art” is a project of Open Arts Foundation and is part of the official program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019supported by Gaudenz B. Ruf Award.