ARTIST OPPORTUNITY: £75,000 for emerging artists from UK/Ukraine

UK/raine launches the first ever open competition for all emerging artists from the UK and Ukraine who are aged 18-35 years old. The aim of the competition is to find and support the most imaginative and talented young artists, including students on BA and MA courses who are living and working in the UK or Ukraine or born in either country.

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Artists are able to enter their work via the Saatchi Gallery’s website into one of five categories: installation, new media (including video and photography), painting, sculpture and street art.

A shortlist of 30 artists (six from each category) will be given the opportunity to exhibit their work over one entire floor at the Saatchi Gallery for a month-long exhibition running from 24th November 2015 – 3rd January 2016. A winner from each of the categories, as well as an overall winner will be selected by a panel of renowned international judges including: Johnson Chang – Founder of the Asia Art Archive, Nigel Hurst – Saatchi Gallery CEO, Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Thailand and Oleksandr Soloviov – Ukrainian author and curator.

There will also be a winner of a separate public vote. All winners will be announced at the exhibition’s launch and VIP private view in London on 23rd November 2015. Each of the category winners will receive £10,000 with the overall winner of the prize receiving a further £20,000. The winner of the public vote will receive £5,000 of production costs towards their work, project or exhibition in order to support their future artistic endeavours.

Criteria for Entries
UK/raine is open to artists between the ages of 18 and 35 who are living and working or currently enrolled on a BA or MA course in the UK or Ukraine, or born in either country.
All entries can be submitted www.saatchigallery.com/uk/raine
Entrants will be able to make their submissions into one of five categories: installation, new media (including video and photography), painting, sculpture and street art.
You are required to upload a minimum of three and a maximum of eight images of artworks (maximum file size 5MB, 300px each) or videos via YouTube or Vimeo, along with a CV and short artist’s statement (no more than 200 words) in Microsoft Word or PDF Formats.
Submissions are accepted from now until 11.59pm BST on 20th October 2015
For a full list of Terms and Conditions visit: www.saatchigallery.com/uk/raine

UK/raine continues the collaboration between the Firtash Foundation and Saatchi Gallery as part of the Days of Ukraine in the UK and follows on from the huge success of Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now, which ran at the Saatchi Gallery from 9th October – 3rd November 2014.

Premonition was the largest survey to date of contemporary Ukrainian art in the UK and showcased over 80 works by 38 artists. The show attracted 137,438 visitors (5,494 per day), making it the only UK exhibition in the world’s top 20 most attended shows in 2014, and the seventh most popular contemporary art exhibition worldwide according to The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of international museum attendance. Premonition also formed part of the annual Days of Ukraine in the UK festival and the Firtash Foundation’s ongoing support and promotion of Ukrainian arts and culture.

About the Firtash Foundation
The Firtash Foundation is a private, international charitable fund focussed on supporting and promoting Ukrainian art, literature and culture abroad. Established in 2008 by Lada and Dmitry Firtash, the Foundation supports a number of initiatives dedicated to supporting Ukraine’s youth by providing long-term and systematic support to education and cultural initiatives in Ukraine and around the world. en.firtashfoundation.com

About Days of Ukraine in the UK
Days of Ukraine in the UK is the biggest festival dedicated to Ukrainian culture and was first organised in 2013. It has since become a major platform to showcase Ukraine’s rich heritage, traditions, culture and tremendous potential. This annual initiative aims to bring Ukraine closer to Britain and is organised and funded by Firtash Foundation. ukraine-days.co.uk

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper'