10 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. 5th floor
Swimming Pool is a generative concept and platform for contemporary art and research with a focus on intersectional and collaborative practices, art education, art politics and institution-making. Founded in 2015 in Sofia, it houses an all-year programme in its spaces which are located on a central rooftop with an empty outdoor pool built in the 1930s.
Swimming Pool presents exhibitions, performances, publications and other projects in order to nourish awareness and generate invention, both locally and as part of an international community. Our program involves collaborations with similar independent organizations, as well as with larger public institutions, such as Art in General - New York, David Dale Gallery - Glasgow, Jindřich Chalupecký Society - Prague, Е.М.М.А - Madrid, Alma Mater Gallery at the Sofia University and National Library in Sofia.
Exchanges with art academies have been another important aspect of our practice, such as the National Art Academy, Kunsthochschule Mainz, Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam,
“Master of Voice” at Sandberg Institute Amsterdam and the Pure Fiction Class at the Staedelschule Frankfurt / Main, Slought към University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Throughout the years, Swimming Pool has also started to experiment with structural approaches within the field of non-institutionalized learning: In 2018 and 2019 we ran a curatorial program about the aims, politics and future of micro organizations. This year, Swimming Pool launched the spin-off Center for Social Vision, a research platform with the long-term goal to support professionals and organizations in developing reflective, cross-linked and caring approaches towards the resources we all share.
Another long-term project run by Swimming Pool is Sofia Art Map, a non-commercial initiative to support the diversity and collaborations of Sofia’s independent art scene.
Swimming Pool's founder and director is Viktoria Draganova, and it is run by The Blue Cube Foundation.