Helen Flanagan, Blood Sweat Tears, 2019 installation view at the Museum of Odesa Modern Art, photo: Oleg Kutskiy

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 four years now, the British Council in Ukraine 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, Lviv’s Jam Factory Art Center and Centre for Urban History, Artsvit Gallery, Kultura Medialna and DCCC from Dnipro city; in the UK, with Hospitalfield, Arbroath (from 2019-) and its partners across Scotland – Cove Park, Argyle; Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire; The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney; Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio (DCA); Glasgow Sculpture Studios (GSS) and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) – provide the expertise. In 2016-2018 our main partner in the UK was Liverpool Biennial.

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.

What does SWAP: UK/Ukraine residency programme need?

Artists and curators with a genuine interest in expanding their horizons.

In the fourth year of the SWAP: UK/Ukraine residency programme, we can offer the following:

  1. up to a 45-day residency in September-November 2019 hosted by our partners in Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, Dnipro (Ukraine) – for 6 UK-based artists;
  2. up to a 45-day residency in September-October 2019 in Scotland, curated by the Hospitalfield and partner organisations – for 3 Ukraine-based artists;
  3. up to a 45-day residency in late August -October 2019 in Scotland, curated by the Hospitalfield and partner organisations – for 1 Ukraine-based curator.

You want to make art? SWAP: UK/Ukraine residency programme provides: time, support, international experience and exposure. Apply todayswap@britishcouncil.org.ua. Please check attached SWAP 2019 Application guidelines pdf (at the end of this page) for more detailed information. 

UK residencies (for Ukrainian-based artists and curators)

The UK side of the programme will support 3 artists and 1 curator from Ukraine.

Each of the selected participants will have the opportunity to spend 4 weeks hosted in one of the Scotland rural residency programmes and the opportunity to spend two weeks in one of three cities: Glasgow, Edinburgh or Dundee.

The intention of Scotland residency programming is to provide each participant with the opportunity to spend time in both the rural and the city residency facilities:

  • Hospitalfield;
  • Cove Park;
  • Scottish Sculpture Workshop;
  • The Pier Arts Centre;
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio (DCA);
  • Glasgow Sculpture Studios;
  • Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW).

For more information – please check attached SWAP 2019 Application guidelines pdf (at the end of this page).

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 places in each of the following 6 residencies (one place in each residency, except – YermilovCentre*, this residency has 2 places for UK residents):

  1. Kharkiv: YermilovCentre (16 September – 30 October 2019) *
  2. Dnipro: Artsvit Gallery / Kultura Medialna / Dnipro Center for Contemporary Culture (September-October 2019)
  3. Lviv: Center for Urban History (October-November 2019)
  4. Lviv: Jam Factory Art Centre (October-November 2019)
  5. Odesa: The Museum of Odesa Modern Art (October-November 2019)

For more information – please check attached SWAP 2019 Application guidelines pdf. 

Timeline (for UK and Ukrainian residencies)

Open Call announcement: 11 June 2019

Deadline for Applications: 27 June 2019, 23:59

UK time Selection announced: 05 July 2019

Residencies: as per Dates/programme logic table. More info in attached SWAP 2019 Application guidelines pdf.

Application Requirements

Please send the following to swap@britishcouncil.org.ua before 23:59 UK time, 27 June 2019:

  1. CV: maximum 2 pages (.pdf only), highlighting professional experience and previous exhibitions. Please insert your full date of birth and passport data (country of issue, date of expiry)
  2. Artworks: maximum 10 images each with title and date, or links to videos (on YouTube/Vimeo) compiled in one .pdf file (3MB size maximum). Please use pdf compression. For curators – 10 images of curated exhibitions/projects.
  3. Cover/motivation letter: 500 words describing your practice and how it fits with the residency opportunities. Explain your interest in Ukraine/Scotland; how you would benefit from the residency and how you would maximise your opportunities during your time in residency. What areas of knowledge you would like to develop? What do you hope to get out of the residency?

Participants will be provided with travel, accommodation, per diems (1125 GBP) and a stipend for production/research (500 GBP).