Ukraine / Liverpool Artist Residency Programme

Ukraine / Liverpool Artist Residency Programme

British Council Ukraine and Liverpool Biennial are delighted to launch their new artistic residency programme, connecting artists from Ukraine and Liverpool. This first call is for Ukraine-based artists looking to spend up to 8 weeks in a Liverpool-based residency curated by the Biennial team. 

Imagined Worlds’

The theme of this year’s residency is ‘Imagined Worlds’, which reflects some of the ideas behind Liverpool Biennial 2016. We are inviting artists who are interested in the potential of imagined worlds to spend time in Liverpool to develop their practice, supported by a studio and research scholarship.

The selection panel is looking for ground-breaking artists whose practice complements the ethos of Liverpool Biennial. Successful applicants will be expected to produce at least one piece by the end of the residency period. 

If you would like to participate in Ukraine / Liverpool Artist Residency Programme please send your application to:



Open call 17 December

Deadline for applications 17 January

Shortlist announced 1 February

Residencies begins 1 March until end of April

Session Duration

Eight weeks


Open to professional artists who have been resident in Ukraine for at least one year.

Language Requirement: a good command of the English language is necessary (equivalent to at least B1 level).

Applicants must be at least 25 years old at the time of the residency.

Applicants must have at least one higher education qualification in a relevant discipline.

Liverpool Biennial is able to accommodate medical carers, service animals, or other medical needs. Please detail if you have any requirements in your application so we have plenty of time to accommodate your needs.

Overnight guests, spouses, children, and pets are not permitted to stay in housing during the residency. 

Facilities & Services

UK visas: we will cover the costs and support your application
Housing: A private bedroom with a shared bathroom and kitchen is provided to associate artists.

Meals: Meals are not included. A kitchen is available for use in studios, housing and the Liverpool Biennial office.

Computer/internet access: Wireless internet is available in studios, housing and the Liverpool Biennial office. Communal computers and printers are available for artist use in the Liverpool Biennial office.

Studios: Communal studio spaces have 24-hour access. 

Stipend: All selected artists are awarded a stipend of £1120 for the duration of the residency.


Application Requirements

  •  CV: maximum 2 pages (.pdf only), highlighting professional experience and previous exhibitions (please insert as well: date of birth and passport’s expiry date).
  •  Motivation letter: 500 words describing how your work fits with the residency theme Imagined Worlds (.pdf only)
  • Artworks: Maximum 10 images each with title and date, or links to videos (on Youtube, Vimeo services) compiled in one .pdf file (3 MB size maximum). Please use pdf compression.
  • By submitting an application, you accept the use (by both the British Council and Liverpool Biennial) of your application’s statement (or part of it) and/or images in promotional material related to the programme. For images, please include all appropriate photographic credits and make sure all rights are cleared.
  • Please be aware that the overall size of your application shouldn’t exceed 5MB, as otherwise it will be rejected by email system.
  •  If your application exceeds 5MB size please upload it to one of the trusted cloud services (google drive, dropbox, copy, onedrive, etc.) and send shared link in application letter. Maximum size of all application files on cloud service should be no more than 25 MB.
  • All applications should be submitted in English and in .pdf files only (rar/zip archives will not be accepted).






Artist Residency participants

The British Council and Liverpool Biennial are delighted to announce the four selected Ukraine-based artists which will take part in an 8-week residency programme in Liverpool. The artists have been selected from over 150 applications from across Ukraine.

The selected artists are Kateryna Berlova, Oleksandr Burlaka, Alevtyna Kakhidze and Mitya Churikov.

From 11 March 2016 the selected artists will spend 2 months in The Royal Standard gallery and studios in Liverpool, doing a residency and learning more about the city’s exciting visual arts scene.

Kateryna Berlova was born in Dnipropetrovsk in 1986. She graduated from Kyiv’s State Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts and Design in 2009. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues across Ukraine: M17 Contemporary Art Center (Kyiv), Gallery Lavra (Kyiv), Detenpyla gallery (Lviv) and others. Kateryna works in various media: painting, sculptures, installations, videos etc.

Oleksandr Burlaka was born in Kyiv in 1982. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (2005). He is a member of Melnychuk-Burlaka art group and a co-founder of the curatorial group "Hudrada". His work considers architecture and its transformation in post-Soviet countries. He worked on the architectural studies for the Kyiv Biennale’s publication The Book of Kyiv (2015), and has written articles for Kiew Architekturführer and the book Soviet Modernism 1955-1991: Unknown History, published by Architecture Center Vienna (Austria).

Mitya Churikov was born in Kyiv in 1985. He studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Kyiv) and at the Berlin University of Arts (Germany). He has taken part in numerous exhibitions in Poland, Germany and Ukraine. Mitya works in various media: sculpture, photography and video installation.

Alevtyna Kakhidze was born in Zhdanivka, in the Donetsk region, in 1973. She graduated from the National Academy of Art and Architecture (Kyiv) in 2004 and from the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht, Netherlands) in 2006. She was the winner of the 2008 Kazimir Malevich national Art Award. She has taken part in numerous art projects in Ukraine and abroad, and is the co-Founder of the Muzychi Artist Residence Programme. She works in various media such as installation, video, performance, lyrics and product design.

Ukraine/Liverpool Curatorial Residency

The British Council in Ukraine and Liverpool Biennial are delighted to launch a new curatorial residency programme. The programme will sit alongside the existing Ukraine/Liverpool artist residency programme, which was launched in December 2015. In its first year, the programme is supporting Ukrainian curator Lizaveta German, an independent curator, researcher and art critic. She will begin her 4 month-residency with the Liverpool Biennial curatorial team on 23 March.

Lizaveta graduated from Kyiv’s National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (2010), and has worked with several leading Ukrainian visual arts institutions. She took part in Berlin Biennial’s 2012 Young Curators Workshop and in PinchukArtCentre’s 2012-14 Curatorial Platform programme. In 2014 she co-founded the Open Archive research platform, and last year she co-edited the book Ukrainian Art of the 60s. She is interested in the history of curating and in the unofficial art scene during Soviet Ukraine.