Firtash Foundation and the Saatchi Gallery announce the launch of UK/raine the first open competition GB£75,000 for emerging artists


  Firtash Foundation and the Saatchi Gallery announce the launch of UK/raine the first open competition worth GB£75,000 for emerging artists from the UK and Ukraine

  UK/raine continues the collaboration between the Firtash Foundation and Saatchi Gallery as part of the

and follows on from the huge success of Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now, which ran at the Saatchi Gallery from 9 th  October – 3 rd  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.


  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.


  Artists will be 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 24 th  November 2015 – 3 rd  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 23 rd  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.


  Further information on how to enter can be found by visiting:


  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 via the dedicated URL

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.

  Contestants will be 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 will be accepted from 10.00am BST on 10 th  September 2015 until 11.59pm BST on 20 th  October 2015

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