A walk through the Sofia City Art Gallery in darkness



A walk through the Sofia City Art Gallery in darkness

Charity evening for the access of visually impaired people to the world of fine arts

The Sofia City Art Gallery and the Swedish company Ognyanovo K, part of Plena Group, organize a unique charity evening on December, 3rd at 18:30. This event will provoke the guests to experience art from a different perspective – the one of people with visual impairments.

The European practice for access of visually impaired people to fine arts through audio descriptions and tactical maps of the works of art will be shown for the first time in Bulgaria. Thanks to this project the Sofia City Art Gallery will not only become the first in Bulgaria to offer its visitors audio descriptions of the pieces of art, but it will also be the only one to provide access to its rich exposition for about 20 000 visually impaired people. The project is realized with the partnership of the National Rehabilitation for the Blind Center in Plovdiv.

The visitors will take an exciting walk through the gallery in darkness, among the works of the most famous Bulgarian artists, which have taken part in the anniversary exhibition “A Possible History. Bulgarian Art through the Sofia City Art Gallery Collection”. After that, they will participate in a charity sale of pictures, donated from nine significant people in modern Bulgarian fine art: Svetlin Rusev, Lyuben Dimanov, Jordan Katsamunski, Milko Bojkov, Desislava Mincheva, Nadejda Kuteva, Nikolay Maystorov, Andrey Daniel and Onnik Karanfilyan.

The raised funds will be used to buy additional equipment and make tactile cards of important works of the Gallery’s exhibitions in 2013.

The evening will be opened by the Mayor of Sofia Jordanka Fandykova. Among the guests are the Minister of Culture Vejdi Rashidov, the Minister of Labour and Social Politics Totyo Mladenov, representatives of business and the non-governmental sector, intellectuals and socially active people.

The partnership of Ognyanovo-K - Plena Bulgaria with the Sofia City Art Gallery is another step in the rich social program of the company in the field of arts. The firm is one of the first ones, present in the register of Maecenas in Bulgaria. For about 10 years the company has been organized the competition “Stone can also speak” for students from the National Academy of Art. The company is also known for the project “Roots”, which presented the first Bulgarian artistic exhibition in the building of the European Commission, right after Bulgaria’s admission to the European Union. Ognyanovo-K supports various one-man exhibitions of modern Bulgarian artists like acad. Ivan Gazdov, Tsvetan Kolev, Onnik Karanfilyan and others.

On the same day, at 6 p.m., a Ceramics exhibition was opened at Cultural Center Museum Trakart, located in the Archeological subway /near the Monday Market/. All the exponents of the exhibition were made by visually impaired people from the Day-time center for people with disabilities at NRBC