Second SWAP UK/Ukraine Artist Residency Programme opens call for British and Ukrainian artists


Second SWAP UK/Ukraine Artist Residency Programme opens call for British and Ukrainian artists

The British Council in Ukraine, Liverpool Biennial and Ukrainian partner institutions: Mystetskyi Arsenal, Izolyatsia. Platfrom for Cultural Initiatives, 33 Soshenko Art Studios, YermilovCentre, Kharkiv Municipal Art Gallery — are delighted to launch the second iteration of SWAP: UK/Ukraine Artist Residency Programme, aiming to connect artists from Ukraine and the UK and support their professional development and internationalisation. As in its first year, the programme is also designed to give artists the time to research, reflect and explore the UK/Ukraine’s vast artistic traditions.

This year, the programme is open to 4 Ukraine-based artists looking to spend up to 45 days in a Liverpool-based residency curated by the Liverpool Biennial team in September-October 2017; and to 4 UK-based artists who would spend up to 45 days in one of the residency programmes hosted by British Council partners in Ukraine in August-September (Kharkiv) and September-October 2017 (Kyiv).

The Liverpool residencies offer Ukrainian artists the opportunity to develop their practice within the vibrant art scene of the city. Artists will be provided with travel, accommodation, a studio, per diems and a stipend for research. The selection panel is looking for ground-breaking artists whose practice complements the ethos of Liverpool Biennial, the upcoming 2018 edition of which is titled Beautiful world, where are you? It will be the tenth edition of the Liverpool Biennial, marking two decades of presenting international art in the city and region. This UK residency is delivered in collaboration with Liverpool Biennial’s partners Bluecoat, FACT and Open Eye Gallery. 

Meanwhile, residencies for the UK-based artists in Ukraine continue to engage with the most innovative and experimental visual arts’ initiatives across the country. In 2017, four British Council partners offer the residencies for the British artists: YermilovCentre and the Municipal Art Gallery in Kharkiv, and 33 Soshenko Art Studios and Izolyatsia. Platform for Culture Initiatives in Kyiv.

Professional artists or arts students in their last year are eligible for the residencies on both sides. All applications should be submitted in English, and all applicants should treat English as a working language for the programme. The call is open till 30 June 2017, and the winners will be announced on 10 July 2017. Residencies in Ukraine and the UK will take place over August-October 2017. Organisers will cover expenses on the residencies, including visas, travel, accommodation, and stipends. Artists will be expected to give a presentation on their stay in the residency and produce at least one piece by the end of the residency which the British Council will exhibit in Kyiv in 2017—2018 (as part of an annual exhibition in Mystetskyi Arsenal [Kyiv] to show the results of this programme).

Detailed information about these programmes, such as eligibility, application requirements, timeline, and partner organisations, can be found on our website:

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