EXTER: International Art Residency Open Call to Ukrainian Artists

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is the UK partner for EXTER, a long-term programme initiated by the Ukrainian Institute, which aims to build sustainable partnerships with international art residencies. The programme will spark research, processes of exchange and facilitate cooperation of artists, curators and other actors in the sector. EXTER involves designing opportunities for international mobility of people, ideas, experience, and practices. ESW will host one artist from Ukraine in October and another in November 2019.

The deadline for applications is 19 July and the programme features short-term residency opportunities in ten institutions across Czech Republic, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, USA and in the UK at ESW.

EXTER is based on collaboration with leading contemporary art residencies in the countries of the Ukrainian Institute’s activity. Each residency is developed by Ukrainian Institute, the partner organisation and the resident based on their professional needs, local context and institutional framework. The programme is designed to actively engage participants with the cultural scene of the cities of residency, provide opportunities for networking and public presentation of their practice to foreign audiences.

The programme is named after Oleksandra Exter (Alexandra Exter) (1882–1949), a Ukrainian avant-garde artist of international prominence who spent most of her life in Kyiv. Alexandra Exter revolutionised stage design and reconceptualised Ukrainian folk culture by fusing abstract art with traditional embroidery patterns and crafting practices. A refined intellectual well-versed in several European languages, she travelled extensively around the world and was friends with Picasso, Braque, Léger, Apollinaire, Soffici and Marinetti, among others. Founder of her own school in Kyiv and Odesa, Exter was a bridge between the world of the Ukrainian avant-garde and new art of Western Europe.

There is a live open call for Ukrainian artists which closes on 19 July for all of the EXTER residencies. Residents will be jointly selected by ESW and the Ukrainian Institute.

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 July 2019, at 11.59pm

You are eligible for this residency if you are:

  • Ukrainian citizenship and permanent residence in Ukraine;
  • Minimum age 18;
  • English language proficiency (B2 level or higher);
  • Applicant must be ready to communicate and present their practice publicly during the residency;
  • Relevant professional experience;
  • Relevant higher education or other professional training certificates are a plus, but not obligatory.

Full list of requirements, criteria and conditions of participation in a specific residency can be found on the EXTER page on the Ukrainian Institute website including how to submit the application.

There are two places available at ESW and many others with the international partners.

The residency period is four weeks, in October and November 2019.

The selectors for this residency are ESW and the Ukrainian Institute.

We will be able to announce the selected artists by 31 August 2019.