Open Call for Ukrainian artists – Košice, Slovakia

Deadline: 23 January 2022

KAIR (Košice Artist in Residence) and the Nazar Voitovich Art Residence invite visual or interdisciplinary artistic duos (no need to have previous collaboration) from Ukraine to take part in the two-month residency in Košice, Slovakia.

Application deadline: 23 January 2022
Date of results: 26 January 2022

In 2022, the KAIR residency program focuses on connecting individuals and sharing the responsibility to the world in time of crisis. The aim of the project is not only to analyze the current situation but especially to look critically at its consequences and the near and distant future. We are all experiencing the very personal and often emotional impact of a common global crisis (pandemic, environmental, economic, social, etc.). Many of us share feelings of fear and anxiety, vulnerability or environmental sadness. It is important to think about the environment in which we live and share with other living organisms. Living space for people is constantly expanding, the way of life shaped by capitalism affects and irreversibly disrupts our fragile ecosystems, following the beginning of an impending catastrophe. For the daily running of the world, unlimited mobility of people and goods is a matter of course today. We must take this into account to protect this and the next generation and to be able to adapt to existing and new challenges. The year 2020 brought, together with the pandemic, the term “social distance”. What does this term mean, what are its consequences? Isn’t this just a time for connection, cooperation and solidarity? During and after the crisis, we must focus on building and supporting future relations, looking for new or different forms of political and cultural group activities and coexistence. Especially during the global crisis, emphasis must be placed on protecting the human rights of all citizens.

For the residency in Košice, we would like to ask artists to analyze the present situation and think
about the future, and to address one or more of the following questions through visual arts or their overlap into scientific disciplines, sound art, new media or performance:

Is the current crisis causing a change in thinking and personal values? Or is it just temporary?
What are the possible new or different forms of political and cultural group activities and coexistence? And how does the environment in which we live, including other living organisms, fit into this coexistence?
What are the results and consequences of the process of moving between different places on Earth and beyond?
How can the protection of human rights be ensured for all citizens? And what can we do to protect this and future generations?
















Košice Artist in Residence is an international residency program for artists from all over the world and all artistic disciplines and expressions. KAIR is strongly focused on the creation of international cooperation between Slovak and foreign artists and art organizations. Since 2011, artists have had the chance to work in the inspiring environment of Košice’s singular cultural surroundings, realize art projects, collaborate with the agile local art scene, and present themselves to the local and national public. KAIR also provides opportunities for Slovak artists to travel for residencies in cooperation with its partners. KAIR offers two separate studios approx. 20 m2 in size, suitable for visual artists. The studios are connected to the Šopa Gallery, where the activities of the residency in Košice will take place.















The Nazar Voitovich Art Residence is an educational and artistic center with workshops, recreation rooms and exhibition hall in the small village of Travneve, of Zbarazh district, Ternopil region. NVAIR opened in 2017 with the aim to support the artistic creation and the development of the local community. The program was founded in honor of Nazar Voitovich, the youngest hero of the Heavenly Hundred, who was born and raised in the village, studied design at college, planned to study at the Academy of Arts.


What KAIR provides to the artist:
A two-month residency in Košice, Eastern Slovakia: 9 February – 30 March 2022
Free accommodation and studio
Honorarium 600 € per person / monthly
Travel costs (one-time return, most favorable connection) max. 100 € in total
Material costs max. 400 € in total

The residency also offers:
Curatorial support
Connection with the local cultural scene
Connection and collaboration with local communities
Production and PR support

What KAIR expects from the artists:
Participation during the Open Studios Night to introduce themself to the local audience.
One individual presentation or workshop during the residency.
Final presentation/exhibition at the end of the residency.
Compulsory attendance.


Send your COMMON application (from one of DUO) to Liudmyla Nychai — curator of NVAIR on e-mail
The application should consist of four PDF in English from each artist from DUO:
a portfolio with selected works, including visuals and concepts, uploaded as one pdf file (max. 10 pages and up to 10MB). Video works should be submitted via active links to YouTube, Vimeo or other video platforms;
an artist statement that primarily addresses your artistic practice and work (max. 1000 characters with spaces);
motivation letter: please describe your motivation to take part in the residency and the ideas or topics you would like to work with during the residency (max. 3500 characters with spaces);
Curriculum Vitae including your formal and/or informal education and professional collaborations and basic information (Name, Address, Email, Website).

During the selection process, the jury will give priority to the artists who:
are active; even students can apply if they are already active in their practice,
reflect one or more topics of the KAIR project in their application,
are based or coming from Ukraine


Nazar Voitovich Art Residence (NVAIR)
Contact: Liudmyla Nychai,
Phone nr.: +38 095 3739231

KAIR Košice Artist in Residence
Contact: Petra Housková,
Phone nr.: +421 911 224 391

The two-month residency is organized in cooperation with the NVAIR.
The residency program is also supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.