About

SWIMMING POOL is an art project space in Sofia focused on research, collaborative approaches and art community politics. It is located on a central rooftop with an empty pool built in the 1930’s.

We organize exhibitions, events and discussions to support Bulgarian art locally and abroad, while opening up the local context to international artists, curators and writers as well as creating a space for joint thinking located on the periphery.

This year we will explore one more field: art education. Since the beginning we have always valued and sought to promote in-depth learning through public talks, publications and individual conversations. We are now starting to experiment with more structural approaches so as to tap into the potential of non-institutionalized ways of learning. This autumn, we will also add art publishing to our ongoing investigations into how to expand the relevance of art practices we deem meaningful today.

Since the founding of SWIMMING POOL in 2014,  Viktoria Draganova organizes its artistic program.  In 2016, our projects were supported by Gergana Todorova as an associate curator. In 2017, Kalina Gotzeva, Tsvetomira Borisova and Radina Ivanova have been part of our interns team. In 2018 our interns are: Jacqueline Karakoleva, Lubov Cheresh, Christian Levchev and Hristo Kaloyanov.

This web page has been designed by Tobias Donat.
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We are thankful to all the people who supported our program through the years, including

Programa Kultura (Sofia), Gaudenz B. Ruf Award, Cultural Center of Sofia University, Foundation “Professor Ivan Spasov” (Plovdiv), Know-How / Show-How, German School (Sofia), Goethe-Institut (Sofia), Ifa, OCA, Iaspis, Department of Arts & Culture (Republic of South Africa), Wash-World (Frankfurt), Art in General (New York), David Dale Gallery and Studios (Glasgow), Æther (Sofia), the fridge (Sofia), LambdaLambdaLambda, Galerie Tobias Naehring, Galerie DREI

AMICA, Brava Casa, Programata, Kapital Light, Boyscoutmag, Schirn MAG, Art Viewer, ViewSofia, Sofia Live, Bulgarian National Radio, KubaParis, Daily Lazy, Mousse Magazine

Valko Chobanov, Krassimira Kirova, Dimitar Shopov, Trifon Tashev, Martina Vacheva, Ina Valentinova, Mary Walling Blackburn, Laurel Ptak (Art in General), Max Slaven (David Dale Gallery), Stefania Batoeva, Goran Chanter, Toby Christian, Pavel Naydenov, Voin Voinov, Dimitar Nakov, Eva Perchemlieva-Takanova, Nedialcho Todorov, Vasilka Spasova, Antoinette Koleva, Maria Boyadjieva-Luizova, Iliya Kozhuharov, Jeck Brannan, Mark von Schlegell, Philippe Pirotte, Helga Bärnarp, Lisa Gutscher, Arjan Jarry, Ryan Karlsson, Luzie Meyer, John Ryaner, Mahsa Saloor, Gery Georgieva, Desislava Pancheva, Mitko Mitkov, Rosa Aiello, Antonia Alampi, Neven Allgeier, Iskra Atanassova, Florian Auer, Bianca Baldi, Max Brand, Svetozar Benchev, Sebastian Burger, Clare Butcher, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Lucinda Dayhew, Tobias Donat, Stanimir Genov, Ed Fornieles, Charlie Froud, Tiril Hasselknippe, Christiana Ilieva, Rumyana Kaisheva, Martin Kohout, Stefan Krastev, Hanne Lippard, Luci Lippard, Margarida Mendes, Michele Di Menna, Snejanka Mihailova, Vladiya Mihailova, Shana Moulton, Pakui Hardware, Olga Pedan, Deian Petkov, Kalina Terzieva, Stefka Tsaneva, Gergana Todorova, Vivien Trommer, Tore Wallert, Anna Zacharoff, Dardan Zhegrova

Dimitar Apostolov, Yana Lozeva, Mihail Novakov, Lubomir Draganov, Rumen Draganov, Kalina Gotseva, Radina Ivanova, Tsvetomira Borisova, MW Logistica, IviArt

All artists. All friends. All supporters. All collaborators. THANK YOU!