The Open Arts Foundation Presents Collectors’ Forum 2021

The Open Arts Foundation Presents Collectors’ Forum 2021

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Spring session and autumn session

Spring session – March 27, April 10, April 24, 2021

Organizer: Open Arts Foundation within the program “Introduction to Contemporary Art”

Concept and presenter: Vesselina Sarieva

The Open Artists Foundation’s Collectors Forum was launched in 2011 as a platform for education and exchange, which introduces, asks questions, focuses on established international and Bulgarian private and corporate collecting practices, guides and encourages young collectors in compiling and running a collection. It creates a communication environment between the individual units in the art system. “Collectors Forum” is a multi-genre and with its regular annual program includes a variety of formats: presentations, lectures, publications, campaigns, international visits, public and private meetings of collectors and artists, gallery owners and curators.

In 2021, in a post-pandemic situation of an art system in crisis, Forum Collectors undertakes to expand its traditional format at the thematic, structural and temporal level, followed by the intention to support the adaptation of the participants in the art scene in Bulgaria. Putting the main thesis that knowing and accepting the other in the micro-community, uniting and sharing problems and solutions is a way out of the present and a way to the future, Forum Collectors intends to create a common environment of sharing and visibility that give panorama, possible directions for coping and preconditions for future cooperation. In addition to this new line, oriented towards the micro-community, Forum Collectors continues its traditional program, realizing international exchange and introducing international collecting practices.

“Collectors Forum” is an idea and initiative of Vesselina Sarieva. The organizer of the program is the Open Arts Foundation within the program “Introduction to Contemporary Art”.

The spring program of the Forum Collectors includes three events.

Starting on Saturday, March 27, 2021, Forum Collectors will bring together for the first time in one place and in a general conversation representative of the most active Bulgarian galleries for contemporary art, as well as the youngest spaces for art. This panel discussion with Bulgarian gallery owners will introduce us to the state of the galleries before and during the pandemic, will give us examples of good practices, forecasts for the future and development strategies. The conversation will be conducted in Bulgarian.

On Saturday, April 10, 2021, the Collectors Forum will hold a panel discussion with Bulgarian collectors of contemporary art, some of which will be presented to the public for the first time. The conversation will go through acquaintance with their collections, will present their completely different approaches to collecting, will reveal situations they face, will talk about how the pandemic affects their habits and plans, will discuss their recommendations to gallery owners, authors and art specialists. The discussion will be held in Bulgarian.


On Saturday, April 24, 2021, the Collectors Forum will present a lecture and organize a workshop with an international collector, which will aim to encourage and provide information to young collectors about how to collect and keep a collection. Part of it will be open to young artists, creating a common environment for exchange between young authors and collectors.

The workshop is for a limited number of participants, and an open call for applications will be sent. The workshop will be held in English. Documentation from the workshop sessions will be available later online.

Due to the anti-pandemic measures, the spring program of Forum Collectors will be implemented online.

The program of Forum Collectors 2021 is implemented in Plovdiv and Sofia and presents a spring program in March and April and an autumn program in September and October.

Partner: National Culture Fund

In 2021 the project is implemented with the financial assistance of the “Program for support of professional organizations in the field of art” of the National Fund “Culture”.



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