Left to right: Frances Disley, Blaze, 2016; Hato with Childwall Academy, Hello Future Me, 2016; Ana Jotta, Mrs. Muir, 2016. Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Arriva. © Photo: Niall Lea (fragment).

The British Council in Ukraine and Liverpool Biennial 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. The SWAP programme is delivered in collaboration with Liverpool partners: Bluecoat, FACT and Open Eye Gallery; and Ukrainian partners: Mystetskyi Arsenal, Izolyatsia. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Soshenko 33 Art Studios, YermilovCentre and Kharkiv Municipal Art Gallery.

SWAP: UK/Ukraine Participants 2017

  • Kyung Hwa Shon (YermilovCentre August-September 2017)
  • Stephen Sheehan ( Municipal Art Gallery in Kharkiv August-September 2017)
  • Vicki Thornton (Izolyatsia. Platform for Culture Initiatives September-October 2017).
  • Adam J B Walker (Soshenko 33 Art Studios September-October 2017)
  • Polina Karpova (Liverpool-based residency September-October 2017)
  • Maria Kulikovska (Liverpool-based residency September-October 2017)
  • Anton Lapov (Liverpool-based residency September-October 2017)
  • Vova Vorotniov (Liverpool-based residency September-October 2017)

To find out more about the participants please follow the link.

UK Residencies (for Ukraine-based artists)

UK Residencies (for Ukraine-based artists)
This year the residency offers artists the freedom to develop their practice within the vibrant art scene of Liverpool. We are inviting 4 Ukraine-based artists who are particularly interested in building relationships with the local artistic community and we are offering them mentorship support delivered by Liverpool Biennial in collaboration with their partners Bluecoat, FACT and Open Eye Gallery.
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 – to broaden and deepen engagement with contemporary art. The residencies will last from September – October 2017.

About Liverpool Biennial
Liverpool Biennial is the UK biennial of contemporary art and commissions artists to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. It takes place every two years across the city in public spaces, galleries, museums and online. The Biennial is underpinned by a programme of research, education, residencies and commissions. Founded in 1998, Liverpool Biennial has commissioned over 300 new artworks and presented work by over 450 artists from around the world. The 10th edition Beautiful world, where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil.
Liverpool Biennial 2018 takes place from 14 July – 28 October and will celebrate 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region.

You can find more information about the Liverpool Partners Bluecoat, FACT and Open Eye Gallery in the SWAP 2017 application guidelines pdf.

Ukraine Residencies (for UK-based artists)

In Ukraine we continue to engage with the most innovative and experimental visual arts’ initiatives across the country.  This year we’re offering one place in each of the following 4  residencies: 

1)      Kharkiv: YermilovCentre (August-September 2017)

2)      Kharkiv: Kharkiv’s Municipal Art Gallery (August-September 2017)

3)      Kyiv: 33 Soshenko Art Studios (September-October 2017)

4)      Kyiv: Izolyatsia. Platform for Cultural Initiatives. (September-October 2017)

You can find more information about these programmes in SWAP application guidelines pdf . 

An exhibition showcasing the results of the residencies will take place in 2017-2018 in Small Gallery of  Mystetskyi Arsenal (Kyiv). We are looking for ground-breaking UK-resident artists interested in immersing themselves into an overseas visual arts’ community to learn, share and collaborate. Artists will be provided with travel, accommodation, a studio, per diems and a stipend for production/research.  


Open Call: 30 May 2017

Deadline for Applications: 30 June 2017

Selection announced: 10 July 2017

Residencies begin: mid-August (Kharkiv) and 1 September (for all others, as per above) 2017. 


SWAP 2016-17

We launched SWAP in 2016, working with the Liverpool Biennial in the UK (with whom we ran residencies for Ukraine-based artists during March-April 2016), and with 6 of the most innovative and experimental visual arts’ organisations in Ukraine: Biruchiy Contemporary Art Project, Kharkiv’s NonStopMedia Festival, Kharkiv’s YermilovCentre, The Muzychi Expanded History Project, Kyiv’s 33 Soshenko Art Studios and the Sorry, no rooms available project in the West Carpathians. Six UK artists took part in Ukraine’s residencies in the summer of 2016. An exhibition of their work and of the Ukrainian-based artists who took part in the Liverpool residencies have taken place from 17 March to 9 April 2017 in Kyiv.