Paul Elliman, QUERTY_PE, 2012.  Image courtesy the artist. Liverpool Biennial 2018 artist

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.

What does SWAP: UK/Ukraine residency programme need? 
Artists and curators with a genuine interest in expanding their horizons. 

In the third year of the SWAP residency programme, we can offer the following:

  1. up to a 45-day residency in September — October 2018 in Liverpool, England, curated by the Liverpool Biennial team — for 3 Ukraine-based artists
  2. up to a 45-day residency in September — October 2018 in Liverpool, England, curated by the Liverpool Biennial team — for 1 Ukraine-based curator
  3. up to a 45-day residency in either August — September 2018 hosted by our partners in Kharkiv, Ukraine, or in September — October 2018 hosted by our partners in Kyiv, Lviv, or Odesa, Ukraine — for 6 UK-based artists

You want to make art?  

SWAP: UK/Ukraine residency programme provides: time, support, international experience and exposure. Apply todayswap@britishcouncil.org.ua 
You will find application requirements in attached pdf.


UK Residencies (for Ukraine-based artists and a curator)

This year the residency offers artists the freedom to develop their practice within the vibrant art scene of Liverpool. We are inviting 3 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 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed).

We are also inviting 1 Ukraine-based curator-in-residence, who will work closely with the Liverpool Biennial team. Tasks will include liaising with the artists and their representatives, working with contractors and fabricators, and coordinating with Liverpool Biennial’s partner organisations in the city. The successful candidate will also receive dedicated mentorship from the Liverpool Biennial team to make the best of this opportunity. The curator will be provided with travel, accommodation and stipend. The candidate will be required to work 5 days per week with some occasional evening and weekend working.

The residency will run for 45 days between September — October 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed).

About Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial is the UK biennial of contemporary art and offers commissions to artists to make and present work with a Liverpool context. It takes place every two years in locations 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 2018 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 6 residencies: 

  1. Kharkiv: YermilovCentre (August — September 2018)
  2.  Kharkiv: Kharkiv’s Municipal Art Gallery (August — September 2018)
  3. Kyiv: Izolyatsia. Platform for Cultural Initiatives (September — October 2018)
  4. Lviv: Center for Urban History (September — October 2018)
  5. Lviv:  Jam Factory Art Centre (September — October 2018)
  6. Odesa: The Museum of Odesa Modern Art (September — October 2018)

You can find more information about these programmes in the SWAP 2018 application guidelines pdf.

An exhibition showcasing the results of the residencies will take place in January — February 2019 in Ukraine. 

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.

Timeline (for UK and Ukrainian residencies)

Open Call: 18 June 2018

Deadline for Applications: 15 July 2018

Selection announced: 3 August 2018

Residencies begin: mid-August (Kharkiv) and September (for all others, as per above) 2018. 


Application requirements

Please send the following to swap@britishcouncil.org.ua  before 23:59 UK time, 15 July 2018: 

  1. CV: maximum 2 pages (.pdf only), highlighting professional experience and previous exhibitions. Please insert your date of birth and passport number as well, and its expiry date. 
  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/Liverpool; 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? 

UK applicants should indicate which programme you’d like to take part in and also score each of the six Ukrainian residence opportunities (1 for most desirable, 6 for least desirable). You may find detailed requirements in pdf attached at the bottom of this page.

SWAP 2016-17

Find more information here.