Project - MUHi

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Applications are open for MUHi 2015 art competition

3 May 2015

Applications for the fifth MUHi (Young Ukrainian Artists) competition opened on 3 March 2015.

MUHi is the first independent nationwide competition for young Ukrainian artists under the age of 35 launched in 2009 on the initiative of Marina Shcherbenko, the founder and curator of Bottega Gallery and Shcherbenko Art Centre.

The objective of this project is to help creative individuals to express themselves, to promote young artists who seek to develop and follow the latest global art trends, who actively produce their own original ideas and designs.

The project is specifically focused on discovering new names on Ukraine’s contemporary art scene. According to the competition rules, MUHi 2009-2012 nominees can’t participate in the competition for the second time.

An international expert commission will select 10 winners among the contest participants. The winners will see their artwork presented at the finalists’ exhibition in October 2015 in Kyiv at the Modern Art Research Institute.

The contest winner will be awarded UAH 40,000, and two special prizes of UAH 15,000 each will also be awarded as part of the prize fund. The winners will receive one half of their respective awards in funds, while the second half will be used to fund their personal projects held at Shcherbenko Art Centre space or under its auspices in 2016.

This year, the international expert commission will consist of the following art specialists:

- Tatiana Tumasyan – curator, gallery owner, Kharkiv Municipal Gallery director;

- Oksana Barshynova – art historian, senior researcher at the XX – beginning of XXI century art research department at the National Art Museum of Ukraine, curator;

- Kateryna Taylor – cultural project manager, co-founder of Platform for Contemporary Art;

- Nadim Samman – curator, co-founder of Import-Projects, the Near East Magazine editor;

- Janusz Baldyga – artist, performer, teacher, curator of the Days of Performance Art in Lviv.

The main stages of this year’s MUHi contest:

- Applications are open until 5 May 2015;

- June 2015 – selection of 10 finalists;

- Summer 2015 – newspaper-guide release;

- October 2015 – an exhibition for the 10 finalists at the Modern Art Research Institute;

- October-November 2015 – educational program;

- Late October 2015 – the international expert commission to publically announce contest results and present its winners at an official awards ceremony.

For more information please visit the MUHi 2015 competition page:

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