#Open Call for EXTER 2020: International Art Residency Programme in partnership with Ukrainian Institute [Deadline: 05.04.2020]

EXTER: International Art Residency Programme by Ukrainian Institute
Open call for Ukrainian artists, curators, and critics

We are happy to announce the 2020 open call for Ukrainian artists, curators and critics to participate in art residencies as part of the international programme EXTER.

EXTER is a long-term programme of the Ukrainian Institute aimed at building sustainable partnerships with art residencies around the world. The programme is designed for artists, curators, art critics, and scholars.

EXTER aims to build connections, facilitate exchange and collaborations between Ukrainian and international professionals, strengthening Ukraine’s presence in the global art community.

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. Oleksandra 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, Apollinaire, 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.

Residents will be jointly selected by teams of the Ukrainian Institute and the respective partner institution. Selected artists, curators and critics will be given time and space for creative work, as well as institutional support in establishing contacts with local art communities. Moreover, the individual programme will be tailored for each participant based on their practice and expectations stated in the application. Production of new works or participation in exhibition projects during the residency is possible, but not obligatory.

Ukrainian Institute covers the following expenses for the programme participants:

  • travel costs from/to Ukraine (from/to Kyiv where specified);
  • accommodation during the residency;
  • per diems (rates vary depending on the city);
  • visa fee (if needed);
  • participation fee.


for applicants

  • 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.

Please note that the above list is general, but not exhaustive. Read carefully the residency descriptions below for more details.

How to apply

To apply for the programme, please send a letter titled “EXTER 3: Application” to art@ui.org.ua no later than 5 April 2020, 11:59 PM, Kyiv time. Please note that applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please attach to the letter:

  • Filled-in application form (please find it here) titled ‘LastName_FirstName_application_EXTER3.’ Please note that in the form you must indicate two residencies of interest.
  • Portfolio in English presenting the applicant’s relevant practice (max. 10 pages, pdf file of up to 10 Mb titled ‘LastName_FirstName_portfolio_EXTER3’).
  • CV in English (max. 2 pages, pdf file titled ‘LastName_FirstName_CV_EXTER3’).

Criteria for evaluating applications can be found HERE (in Ukrainian). Each eligible applicant will be personally notified about the results.


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