A.I.R. Kharkov, Ukraine

Host organisations

Kharkov city art gallery

K.A.I.R. and Košice European Capital of Culture 2013 


Kharkov is the second largest city in Ukraine with a population of 1.5 million people. The city was founded in the 17th century. Today, Kharkov is one of the most important scientific and cultural center of the country as well as a students´ center with more than 150.000 students; including 9.000 foreign students from 90 countries. Kharkov is a city with rich cultural tradition, six major theatres, large number of museums, concert halls and galleries. The city has a dozen libraries with more than 6.5 million books.

Kharkov City Art Gallery

The Kharkov City Art Gallery, one of the first galleries in Ukraine that has the municipal status, was founded in 1996 and since 1997 it is a member of the Association of Art-Galleries of Ukraine. Primary task of the gallery is the popularization of contemporary art from Kharkov, Ukraine and from abroad. The gallery is the most important center for contemporary art in Kharkov and well known beyond the borders of the city. Over the last 15 years, the gallery organized about 400 exhibitions, curatorial projects and art actions in the gallery as well as in the public space; including international solo and group exhibitions from artists from Austria, Great Britain, Germany, France, USA, Poland, Russia, Moldova, Israel and Armenia.

In addition to the exhibitions, more than 200 cultural actions took place in the gallery: performances, concerts, chamber plays, literature evenings, lectures, master-classes, designer’s fashion show etc. Every second year, the gallery is organizing “Non Stop Media”, the biennale of young and contemporary art in Kharkov and Ukraine.

At the Disposal of the Gallery, there is a secular (standing) hall with around 120 m² exposition areas with modern interior and professional equipment.



What we provide

  • Two residency stays in Kharkov (two artists each for two months: from March until April and from May until June 2013)
  • Two month long residency in Kharkov, Ukraine
  • Free accommodation (fully furnished with kitchen, no room service)
  •  Honorary: 500 € brutto per month 
  •  Travelling costs
  •  Material costs up to 500 €
  • The artist is responsible for his/her health insurance

What we demand

  • We search for emerging East Slovakian artist, who is open for collaborations with local artists
  • Individual artist, no duos of groups
  • One presentation during the residency and final project/exhibition at the end
  •  Compulsory attendance


Definition of “East Slovakian Artist”

a person who was born in the East Slovakia region or lived/lives there or studied/studies there. Please mention this in the application.


a person who has a significant interest in the East Slovakia region or deals with the region in his/her artistic expression. In such a case the applicant has to describe these aspects in the application.



  • PDF n°1: Curriculum Vitae – Please send a short CV including your name, address, phone, email along with educational and exhibition background
  • PDF n°2: Letter of motivation and objectives – Briefly describe your motivation to come to Kharkov and the first ideas of projects you would like to realize
  • PDF n°2: portfolio with artist`s statement


Please specify in which period (March until April or May until June) you would like to participate.

All material must be in English language

Deadline: 20th January 2013, via Email to adela.foldynova@kosice2013.sk

Date of results: 25th January 2013