Permanent and temporary commissions and projects

SWAP: UK/Ukraine Residency Programme

Kyung Hwa Shon, He Needs My Eye Looking At Him. He Needs Me To Prove He's Alive, 2016-2018. Image courtesy Evgen Nikiforov, British Council in Ukraine.

Vova Vorotniov, Omnirhombus, 2017-2018. Image courtesy Evgen Nikiforov, British Council in Ukraine.

Vova Vorotniov, White Celebration, 2013; Blue Panel, 2013. Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Sergey Illin © PinchukArtCentre 

Kyung Hwa Shon, He Needs My Eye Looking At Him. He Needs Me To Prove He's Alive, 2016-2018. Image courtesy Evgen Nikiforov, British Council in Ukraine.

The British Council in Ukraine and Liverpool Biennial launched the SWAP: UK/Ukraine Residency Programme in 2016. It connects artists and curators from Ukraine and the UK, supporting their professional development and internationalisation. The programme also gives artists and curators the time to research, reflect and explore the two countries’ vast artistic traditions.

In the programme's first year, four Ukraine-based artists were selected to take part in an 8-week residency programme based in the Royal Standard in Liverpool. The artists were: Kateryna Berlova, Oleksander Burlaka, Mitya Churikov, Alevtina Kakhidze. Ukrainian curator Lizaveta German was also supported through a 4 month-residency with the Liverpool Biennial curatorial team. The UK-based artists who were awarded one-month residencies in Ukraine were: Vaughan Pilikian, Harriet Fleuriot, Jin He Park, Sarah Tynan, Sarah Lippett, Jamie Fitzpatrick.

In 2017, four UK-based artists took part in short residencies in Ukraine hosted by partners in Kharkiv and Kyiv, while four Ukrainian artists had Liverpool-based residencies curated by Liverpool Biennial. The eight selected artists were: Kyung Hwa Shon, Stephen Sheehan, Vicki Thornton, Adam J B Walker, Polina Karpova, Maria Kulikovska, Anton Lapov and Vova Vorotniov.

The programme continues in 2018 with a curatorial residency. Olena Kasperovych has joined the Biennial team as an Assistant Curator-in-Residence in the lead up to Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you?