Art Residency Program

Deadline: 15 April 2011
Open to: students, emerging and non-professional writers and lovers of travel, minimum age 18
Scholarship/Grant: Four-week long residency program in Donetsk, stipend, accommodation, travel expenses

Art Residency Program is a new project launched by IZOLYATSIA. The aim of the project is to attract the attention of international artists to Donetsk and the region as a space with a great potential for cultural development. The project offers artists to work on a proposed curatorial theme, and by immersing themselves within an unfamiliar environment, to create works, which are a reflection of their understanding of Donetsk as a social and cultural phenomenon.


IZOLYATSIA’s residency program has a two-fold mission. On the one hand, this residency program is an opportunity for young artists from all over the world to develop their artistic vision through a confrontation with a very powerful and aesthetically unique setting of the Donetsk region. On the other hand, it is also an opportunity for local artists to be inspired by others’ views of their own city, and a possibility to bring out the region from its cultural and social isolation. IZOLYATSIA aims to hold one residency program per year.

The residency will be held on the territory of a former insulation materials plant, within a hundred meters form the IZOLYATSIA art-centre. IZOLYATSIA is situated in the industrial outskirts of Donetsk, surrounded by numerous factories, some of which are still active. A breathtaking view of the industrial kingdom can be observed from the top of the slag-heap (terrikon), which stands adjacent to the Izolyatsia gallery space. This is a unique opportunity to become immersed in an industrial setting of the 20th century, and to experience first-hand the transition from industrialisation to post-industrialisation. Although IZOLYATSIA is located on the periphery of Donetsk, one may access the city centre, as well as other industrial and mining cities of the region, with public transport.

Terms and Conditions

  • Artists selected for the program are invited to live in Donetsk, Ukraine, for any 4 weeks from 4 July to 15 August, 2011. During the residency, artists will have an opportunity to attend a masterclass and have their portfolios reviewed by Boris Mikhailov. In return, each artist-in-residence will have to hold a one-day masterclass for local photographers.
  • Artists-in-residence will have to complete and submit their series by 3 September, 2011, in order to participate in the exhibition that will start at the end of 2011.
  • Artists will receive a $1,000 USD stipend and shared accommodation with a personal room in the vicinity of the Izolyatsia gallery space. Travel expenses to Donetsk up to $1,000 USD will be covered. Translators and fixers can be arranged in advance. If needed, letter of invitation for visa applications will be provided.

How to Apply

All artists working in photography and related media are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2011. Artists-in-residence will be chosen by April 25, 2011.

Artists should submit by email the following:
* Letter of intent, describing plans for residency – please be concise
* Current CV
* A link to a website with at least two complete stories (including artist statements and captions)

Applications can be submitted in either English, Ukrainian or Russian.

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