The foundation

The Tsarino Foundation is an international collective of artists and an architect. While restoring a formerly abandoned village in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains, their primary purpose is to function as an art platform.


We sympathise with the victims of the coronavirus and their loved ones. Due to COVID-19 we do not currently recommend travelling to Tsarino, but we do accept applications for the Razklon Gallery. 

Razklon Gallery

All the way from New Zealand, artist Taarn Scott mailed us stones that are combined with local rocks to form her work Guide. The piece celebrates the remote nature of both the gallery and New Zealand.

Razklon Gallery

The Razklon Gallery offers artists the opportunity to show their work among hills, fields and forests, next to a dusty road where local cows make their daily trip to their pastures. Send in your application for 2022 from 01/08/21.


We are busy renovating the interior of the infamous L-shaped house: two rooms now have ceilings, the ‘clay room' has a wooden floor, and some of it is painted. Stay tuned!


Periodically, we release an open call for an artist-in-residence programme partly funded by the foundation. It is also possible for artists to do a self-funded, independent residency in Tsarino.

Past events

View documentation of past events such as our residencies, exhibitions, open studios, or the Сряда Филм Фест.


We offer accommodation and studio space in seven houses renovated on a very basic level. The general facilities include an outdoor kitchen and a solar-powered charging station for equipment and batteries.


Construction work was recently completed on the restoration of a large house in the heart of the village, using traditional building methods and materials such as oak wood and natural stones.


View documentation of wildlife and vegetation caught on camera in and around Tsarino, such as lizards, tortoises, (wild) cows, sheep, mules, donkeys, beetles, spiders, mosses, trees, flowers, bushes and other plants.


We offer exclusive privileges and Tsarino merchandise in return of donations to support the renovation and maintenance of the village and its function as a platform for contemporary art.

Get in touch

Send us an email, subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on facebook or instagram. Say hello, ask us about residencies, arrange a visit, come to volunteer, or tell us about your idea for an event in Tsarino.