Application deadline: 1 September 2019
Duration: 17 – 22 September 2019
Location: Kharkiv and Kyiv, Ukraine
Project: The New Scene of Ukraine


BLOCKFREI – Association for Culture and Communication (Vienna), IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives (Kyiv) and Flanders Arts Institute (Brussel) have the pleasure to present a tailor-made Visitor’s Programme for international art professionals, which will be organised as a part of the Second National Biennale for Young Art, taking place in the city of Kharkiv in the period 17th of September – 31st of October, 2019.

The Visitor‘s program is also a part of a larger project The New Scene of Ukraine conducted by BLOCKFREI in partnership with several other partners from Ukraine (Plan B Festival, Ukrainian Institute, Biennale for Young Art and IZOLYATSIA), created in the light of 2019 – the bilateral Year of Culture between Ukraine and Austria with the aim to enable mobility enhancement, internationalisation and network creation among the curators, artists, art critics, art educators and producers in the field contemporary art scene.

Responding to the growing interest for the Ukrainian art scene, the Visitor’s Programme is designed for an international group of selected curators and art critics within the framework of the Education Programme of the Biennale for Young Art to establish. The programme should enable and promote cultural exchange, professional networking and knowledge sharing between peers from different countries.



The Visitor’s Programme kicks off at the opening of the Biennale and is followed by the three-day program in Kharkiv, after which it will relocate to Kyiv in order for the selected professionals to explore the capital’s art scene. In Kharkiv, selected participants will also be asked to take part in a panel, or/and give a workshop through which they will present their own practices to the present audience.
Part of the Programme in Kharkiv will be built mostly around the Biennale, where meetings with curators and artists will be organized, and the participants will have the opportunity to explore the various Biennale locations scattered around the city. The Programme in Kyiv will be more focused on the studio visits, as well as visits to some of the key art institutions such as the National Art Museum of Ukraine, IZOLYATSIA, PinchukArtCentre and Mystetskyi Arsenal.

The Visitor’s Programme is coordinated by Kateryna Filyuk, Chief curator at IZOLYATSIA, and Mariia Volchonok, Education Programme coordinator for the Biennale for Young Art 2019.
It is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Kyiv and Flanders Arts Institute.



Traveling: To the selected participants from Austria traveling costs (round trip from Austria to Kharkiv and Kyiv) will be covered by BLOCKFREI.
Accommodation: All accommodation expenses will be covered by BLOCKFREI.
Fees: The selected participants will receive remuneration for giving a public presentation about their practices / or giving a workshop / and for participating in the panel talk organized in the framework of Education Programme of the Biennale for Young Art.



The applicants are to send their motivation letter (up to 500 words) and a CV (up to 1 A4 page) to the email address until 1st of September, 2019.



The results of the call will be announced on the 5th of September, 2019 with two selected participants.
The group will include several art professionals from Belgium, Poland and Austria.






The Second National Biennale for Young Art, one of the largest cultural events in Ukraine, was founded by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine in 2017. With the aim to promote cultural decentralisation, the event is taking place every two years, eatch time in a different city in Ukraine. City of Kharkiv is chosen for the 2019 location. The Biennale for Young Art 2019 is entitled “Looks like I’m entering our garden”. The curatorial concept refers to Zygmunt Bauman’s “Liquid Times”: “The gardener (…) believes that the world will have no order (at least the small part of the world entrusted to their care) unless they constantly watch over it and make an effort.” The Biennale includes the main exhibition, with 45 projects of young Ukrainian artists, a few side exhibitions, an educational programme and a programme for children. Locations for the exhibitions and events vary from museums to hotels and gardens.


IZOLYATSIA is a non-profit, non-governmental platform for cultural initiatives, founded in 2010 on the site of a former insulation factory based in Donetsk. The foundation takes its name from the original manufacturer.

IZOLYATSIA is a platform for research, discussion, and the presentation of substantiated socio-political problems at differing scales of the local and global context. Through artistic practice, the foundation aims to change public opinion on politically sensitive themes and marginalized communities. IZOLYATSIA realizes projects that lie on the boundary between modern art and civil society, and works in the following areas: research, site-specific projects, exhibitions, and residencies.


Flanders Arts Institute is an interface organisation and expertise centre for visual arts, performing arts and classical music in Flanders and Brussels, Belgium. The organisation caters to both national and international professional arts audiences. It functions as a contact point for foreign art professionals in search of information on the visual and performing arts and on classical music from

By organising visitor’s programmes and working visits abroad Flanders Arts Institute offers opportunities for artists and art professionals to expand their international network and to share knowledge with peers all over the world. With this, Flanders Arts Institute aims to build sustainable international relations, to facilitate and to support exchange and collaboration on an international scale.


BLOCKFREI is an independent cultural organisation based in Vienna, Austria. It was established in 2013 as a platform for innovative cultural praxis, with the goal to support the cooperation between cultural groups from Austria and from abroad with the aim of enabling the creation of long term networks and cooperation possibilities.

BLOCKFREI embodies the concept of mobility of artists, curators and cultural professionals, strongly believing that multicultural projects are of the highest importance and inevitability part of the global cultural and geopolitical sphere. In line with that, it executes international residency programs, curatorial courses and other projects of cultural exchange in a domain of contemporary art.


“The Visitor’s Programme Ukraine” is realized with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Kyiv.