The British Council have opened it’s 2018 exhibition season with a presentation of works by UK and Ukrainian participants in SWAP: UK/Ukraine Artist Residency programme 2017. Eight artists took part in artistic residencies in Ukraine and the UK in 2017 — the results of which have been shown at the YermilovCentre in Kharkiv from 16 March through 15 April 2018.
Eight artists from Ukraine and the UK (Polina Karpova, Maria Kulikovska, Anton Lapov, Vova Vorotniov; Kyung Hwa Shon, Stephen Sheehan, Vicki Thornton, Adam J B Walker) have presented the results of their residencies as part of SWAP: UK/Ukraine Artist Residency programme. Final exhibition curatorial team: Olena Kasperovych (YermilovCentre), Ilya Zabolotnyi (British Council). Exhibition educational programme curator: Anastasia Khlestova (Kharkiv Municipal Gallery).
“Art changes us and lets us better understand one another, find common values and respect our differences. Modern artist residencies are not only a chance to travel, but also to discover new cultural contexts and artistic practices, an opportunity to present yourself and your country to the rest of the world, to gain new experience, and provide an impetus towards artistic and personal growth. The global cross-cultural communication established by artistic residencies is an important element of intercultural dialogue between Ukraine and the UK. I am confident that in working jointly with the British Council in Ukraine we managed to contribute to this process”, — Nataliya Ivanova, Director YermilovCentre.
“We are very pleased with the successful continuation of our SWAP residency programme for artists and curators. For two years now, thanks to productive cooperation with our partners in the UK and Ukraine we have created a unique kaleidoscope of active mutual influences, exchanges, and collaborations involving the cultural environments of each country. This year, we are organising a final exhibition of the results of research conducted jointly by our 2017 residents and our permanent partners, the YermilovCentre in Kharkiv. The central narrative of this exhibition unites organically with an intensive educational programme curated by our partners at the Kharkiv Municipal Gallery. We believe that artistic research, introspection, and demonstration of the possibilities of cultural dialogue and understanding by artistic means are crucial in an age of active social and political change”, — Ilya Zabolotnyi, exhibition co-curator, Arts Manager, British Council Ukraine.
YermilovCentre is the partner of the final exhibition of artist residencies SWAP: UK/UKRAINE 2017. Kharkiv Municipal Gallery is the partner of the exhibition educational programme.
Follow the link to see the photos from the final exhibition of artist residencies SWAP: UK/UKRAINE 2017.