With the support of the UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund and the UNESCO-Aschberg Programme for Artists and Cultural Professionals since 2022, Artists at Risk (AR) has been working with cultural institutions in Ukraine to host residencies for artists and cultural professionals internally-displaced by the war.

Between 2022-2023, the AR-Ukraine-Internal Residency Network of cultural institutions, art centers and private art initiatives has hosted over 100 artists and cultural workers at safe locations within Ukraine. The hosting institutions include Bakota Hub, Platform Ostriv, Khata-Maysternya, Creative Residence MC6, Retreat Art House, Asortymentna Kimnata, post impreza media, Lviv Municipal Art Center, Detali, Dro.ART, Social Activity Center (Active Community), Urban Culture Institute (Art – Claster “Na Poshti”), NVAIR (Nazar Voitovich Art Residence) and Congress of Cultural Activists (CCA). Funding was also provided for the renovation/repair of three hosting institutions.

Below is a map with locations of the hometowns of the residents and residency hosts in 2023.

Over the 2-3 month residencies, the artists were provided a safe and comfortable environment promoting psychosomatic healing and artistic activity, the opportunity to work in a workshop/studio space, support for artistic initiatives and new opportunities for adaptation in the local artistic environment as well as assessments of the resident’s psycho-emotional state and referral to a specialist (crisis psychotherapist/psychiatrist) if necessary.

“I don’t want to live and wake up in the morning. I doubt that other person can help me, but all my friends say I need psychotherapy”
– 
Electronic musician, Kharkiv

“My home is in Kherson near Antonivskyi Bridge, and I have not been there since February 2022. My father lost 2 legs in Bakhmut and received a lot of injuries. Every new surgery is a risk for him. I love my family. My home has always been a place of recovery, acceptance and rest. But I can’t say that I feel traumatized, My tears disappeared. I’m worried of hypercontrol over my emotions, quenching some kind of spectrum and its’ consequences. Or maybe I’m fine.“
– 
Digital fashion designer, Kherson

“In the conditions of war, there is an inner feeling, that my art is useless, which deepens the sense of helplessness and anxiety. Apart from that, I am feeling emotionally exhausted from the constant thought that I am not doing enough to express myself productively in difficult circumstances.”
– 
Crimean-Tatar visual artist

Each of the AR-UNESCO Residents has their own story to tell.  This online publication documents their myriad artistic, cultural, media,  social and very personal narratives.

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Julia Baluda

Abstract artist

Residency: Residence Iris Toskana, Italy

Vasylyna Buryanyk

Installation artist using textiles

Residency: AR Paris, 16th Arrondissement, Paris, France

Varvara Filipchuk

Director, screenwriter

Residency: Galleria Continua Les Moulins, France

Yana Hudzan

Visual artist

Residency: Tampere Artists` Association, Finland

Maryna Kolpakova

Artist, photographer

Residency: Kunsthall 3.14, Bergen, Norway

Inna Kozhulenko

Artist of traditional costumes, art historian

Residency: Université de Perpignan, France

Daria Kucherova

Storyboard artist, fine artist, set design

Residency: Goethe-Institut Niederlande

Vladlena Kuznietsova

Painting, sculpture, graphics, new media

Residency: Hosted by Prof. Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Professor and Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art History and AICA member. Dublin, Ireland.

Tetyani Kugay

Graphics, painting

Residency: Iris Toscana, Italy

Valentyna Levchenko

Musician, traditional music researcher

Residency: Galleria Continua Les Moulins, France

Olga Yurasova

Production designer

Residency: Moskosel Creative Lab, Moskosel, Sweden

Alina Iakymenko

Graphic designer, illustrator

Residency: WIRWIR Berlin, Germany

Oleksanda Lytvyn

Ukranian performative dancer

Residency: Babel, Cultural Organization at Arraiolos, Portugal

Olena Morozova

Photographer

Residency: Foundation of Visual Education, Poland

Olga Narbut

Ukrainian traditional embroidery designer

Residency: Cortex Frontal, Arraiolos, Portugal

Mariia Potapenko

Plastic actress, mime, dancer, performer

Residency: Galleria Continua Les Moulins, France

Yevgenia Perutska

Photographer

Residency: La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts, France

Kateryna Prokopenko

Musician, photographer, filmmaker

Residency: Kunsthall 3.14, Bergen, Norway

Anastasiia Piatakova

Visual artist

Residency: 16 Nicholson Street Gallery & Arts Collective, Glasgow, Scotland

Nadiia Pastushenko

Artist, designer, architect

Residency: Residence Isla De Crear, Andalusia, Spain

Evelina Tryntsolin

Artist (glass)

Residency: AR Paris, 16th Arrondissement, Paris, France

Anastasiya Yevchenko

Screenwriter, playwright, director, producer

Residency: Glass Half Full Productions, UK