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Date:28 Jun, 2018


OPEN CALL for the Kramatorsk (Ukraine) Artist Residency program “Diffusion”

Description: Project ‘Diffusion’ came to life in 2016. It aims at bringing 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 moment of the Residency is a final exhibition on the 8th of September in the Kramatorsk Art Museum where the artworks created during the Residency will be shown.


Kramatorsk is a small industrial, but very green town that due to geo-political turbulence became a kind of center of Southeast Ukraine. It is also celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. By choosing Kramatorsk as the city for the residency, the Program offers 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 city through the eyes of a stranger.

More about “Diffusion” and its founders/curators, participants, and partners here: www.behance.net/israleinen1388  http://heartforukraine.com/


Target group: International and Ukrainian artists

Duration of the Residency: The Residency will take place between 20st august 2018 and 15th September 2018. The participants should commit to stay from 2 to 4 weeks.

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 apartment.

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. Applicants are responsible for covering travel and food expenses/daily allowances, 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 application (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.) to israleinen@gmail.com

Please send the application as one word or pdf document

Deadline for applications is 20th July 2018.

For any inquiries concerning the residency program, please email us at: israleinen@gmail.com

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”, representatives of the Kramatorsk Art Museum, the Donetsk Art Museum in Druzkivka, the Avdiivka Historical Museum (all three are partners of the Program) and printing house ‘HORELYVI’ as cooperation partner of the Residency.

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