Call for artists for residency in Ukraine: Diffusion

Deadline: 25/08/2019  |  Published: 01/08/2019  |  City: Mariupol , Kramatorsk  |  Country: Ukraine  |  Alan Meyer

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International Artist Open Call. 3 weeks residence. Country: Ukraine (Mariupol and Kramatorsk). Dates: from 7 to 30 September . 2019Deadline: 25th August 2019

Project ‘Diffusion’ came to life in 2016. It aims to bring together artists from different spheres (film and photography, multimedia, street arts, fine arts and crafts, contemporary art performance, dance, theatre, design, drawing, etc.) to create artworks that address important social and environmental issues and preferably involve local community in development of artwork.

The Residency is open for artists both from Ukraine and abroad. The culminating moments of the Residency are final exhibitions on 14th September in Mariupol Art Center and on 28th September in the Kramatorsk Art Museum where the artworks created during the Residency will be shown.

Kramatorsk and Mariupol are small, industrial, but very green towns, that due to geo-political turbulence became the kind of centers of Southeast Ukraine: The difference is leys in Mariupol being costal port city and Kramatorsk is steppe city. By choosing Kramatorsk and Mariupol as the base for the residency we hope to offer a unique experience when it comes to discovering the cultural transitions which are so characteristic to all ‘Post-Soviet’ era of the Eastern European countries.

Feedback and experience of the first two editions of “Diffusion” have shown that the acclimatization process which accompanies the residency in a new city full of contrasts invariably generates creative impulses that sooner or later manifest themselves in some form of artistic expression. Participants present their depiction of their sensations to local people by giving them a chance to view their region through the eyes of a stranger.

Target group: International and Ukrainian artists

Duration of the Residency: The Residency will take place between 7st September 2019 and 28th September 2019. The participants should commit to stay from 1 to 3 weeks. From 7th to 15th we will be working in Mariupol, after that we will relocate to Kramatorsk.

Disciplines Supported: The Residency is open for arts professionals from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to fine art, photography; video, multimedia and performance art.

Accommodation: Participants live in hostel or in a shared house.

Workspace/technical information: The Program founders/curators work together with participants and can provide support to the participants.

Fees and costs: The program covers accommodation and shared open studio spaces costs for the duration of the Residency, some materials will be provided. Applicants are responsible for covering travel and food expenses/daily allowances, additional materials costs etc. Access to analogue photo laboratory and video editing room can be made available upon demand. Some production (materials) support can be provided upon additional request.  If required, the Kramatorsk Art Museum can issue acceptance/participation confirmation letter to help the participants to obtain grants to cover their travel, insurance, food, materials related costs etc.

Requirements towards the artist: At the end of the Residency, artists are expected to present/discuss/share the results of their work with the local community in the form of artist talk, screening, exhibition, performance act and/or a workshop. There is no age limit for the target audience.

Application information: Please send us an application including contact information, artistic CV, samples of previous work, relevant websites, and informal submission letter: motivation and reasons for participation, expectation from residency, potential topic of your artwork in the residency and how it will involve local community etc.

Selection process: The selection criteria will include previous experience and artistic merit of the applicant as well as motivation of the artist and the desire to engage the local public in contemporary art processes.

The applications will be evaluated by the committee including founders/curators of “Diffusion”, and representatives of the Kramatorsk Art Museum.

More about “Diffusion” and its founders/curators, participants, and partners here: 


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