Ask any artist what they need most to bring their creations to life and, regardless of discipline, the answer will be the same: time and support. For three years now, the British Council in Ukraine and Liverpool Biennial have been teaming up with the most progressive artistic ventures in Ukraine and the United Kingdom to provide exactly that — time and support — to promising artists and curators from both countries.
In Ukraine, the British Council works with the YermilovCentre and the Municipal Art Gallery, from Kharkiv, the Museum of Odesa Modern Art, Kyiv’s Izolyatsia: Platform for Cultural Initiatives, and Lviv’s Jam Factory Art Center and Centre for Urban History; in Britain, Liverpool Biennial and its partner venues in the city — Bluecoat, FACT and Open Eye Gallery — provide the expertise. The objective of the programme is captured in its name — SWAP.
Cultures, artistic traditions and trends, innovations in technique, perspective and philosophy cross-pollinate as creative minds travel the breadth of Europe to experience the artistic abundance of geographies both physical and psychological, territories once walled off that are now open for exploration.
For the third iteration of the SWAP: UK/Ukraine residency programme 2018 - following artists and curators were selected:
Dana Venezia, Helen Flanagan, Jaimini Patel, Martim Ramos, Riccardo Matlakas, Susannah Stark.
Anna Kakhiani, Nikolay Karabinovych, Victoria Myronyuk.
Ukrainian curator in residence