Team


Vesselina Sarieva – project initiator and concept development

Vesselina Sarieva is born and based in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Since 2004 she has been working actively for the creation and sustainable development of models and practices for supporting Bulgarian contemporary culture and art. For this aim she has founded a three-way model consisting of contemporary art gallery - Sariev Contemporary, foundation - Open Arts Foundation, and cafe and community center - artnewscafe in Plovdiv. Today, Sarieva's activity extends beyond these physical spaces and she has projects in Plovdiv, Sofia as well as international which find a wide recognition and partnership network.

Vera Mlechevska – curator/ editor in chief of web content

Vera Mlechevska is a guest curator of many group and solo exhibitions for various institutions and organizations. She graduated from the National Academy of Art, Sofia and Konstfack, Stockholm. Mlechevska is the curator of the educational platform "Introduction to Contemporary Art" by Open Arts Foundation. She is author of many texts on contemporary art. Guest lecturer at NATFA.

Desislava Mileva – website editor

Desislava Mileva is an art historian and an art critic. She lives and works between Bulgaria and France. Her education includes a master’s degree in modern art from the University Lumière Lyon 2 and another one in cultural politics from the University of Burgundy in Dijon. She is especially interested in the relations between art and audience. She has publications in different Bulgarian media outlets such as Kultura, Literaturen vestnik, Egoist and Toest. She is editor-in-chief of artnewscafe bulletin since 2018.

Detelina Garbatova – coordinator

Detelina Garbatova has a BA in Cultural Studies from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and a MA in Cultural and Art Management from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland. She had worked on various cultural projects and festivals in Bulgaria and Scotland. Part of the Open Arts Foundation's team since 2017.

I-Creativ Studio - website desing and programming

I-Creativ Studio has over 11 years experience in web design and developing of over 300 web projects. A special place in their portfolio have projects related to art, culture and public activities, such as the web platform - Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019 - https://plovdiv2019.eu , the web platform Tobacco City - http://tobacco-city.plovdiv2019.eu, Union of Bulgarian Artists - http://www.sbhart.com.