UK/RAINE: EMERGING ARTISTS FROM THE UK AND UKRAINE
UK/raine continues the collaboration between the Firtash Foundation and Saatchi Gallery as part of 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.
UK/raine is the first ever open competition for all emerging artists from the UK and Ukraine who are between the ages of 18 and 35. 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.
Artists can 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 28th November 2015 – 3rd January 2016. A winner from each of the categories, as well as an overall winner will be selected by a renowned panel of 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 27th November 2015.
Each of the category winners will receive GB£10,000 with the overall winner of the prize receiving a further GB£20,000. The winner of the public vote will receive GB£5,000 of production costs towards their work, project or exhibition in order to support their future artistic endeavours.