The long-awaited opening of the exhibition of finalists of the international competition of the young artists from Ukraine and Great Britain UK/RAINE took place in Saatchi Gallery.


  The UK/RAINE competition as well as the exhibition of the best 30 artists determined by its results is the part of the annual festival Days of Ukraine in the United Kingdom, with the financial support of the charity fund Firtash Foundation in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery.


  Applications for participation in the competition were accepted from September, 10 until October, 20. During this time, more than 2.100 artists participated in the competition. The works of 30 best authors and the winners in each of the five categories were determined by the international independent commission composed of Johnson Chang – the founder of Asia Art Archive; Nigel Hurst – the CEO of Saatchi Gallery; Nick Mitsevich - the Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia; Olga Sviblova - founder and director of Multimedia Art Museum, Professor Apinan Poshyananda - the Secretary of the Ministry of Culture of Thailand and Alexander Solovyov – the author of art publications and coordinator from Ukraine.


  Winners in various categories were as follows: Dominic Beattie (painting), Jamie Fitzpatrick (sculpture), Roman Mikhaylov (installation), Sergey Petlyuk (new media), Dmitri Mikitenko (street art). The prize money for each of the nominees was £ 10.000. The most praised winner of the competition, who won the prize of £ 20.000, was Sergei Petlyuk.


In turn, an open online voting determined the winner of the People's Choice Award. It was Olivia Bucks, a British artist, who received £ 5.000 to arrange new projects and future exhibitions.


  “The UK/RAINE competition gathered together more than 10.000 works of 2.100 artists from different cities of Ukraine and the UK, with completely different professional experience. This demonstrates the importance of such initiatives, the need to create a new global platform for the creative environment”, Lada Firtash, the founder and fund manager, said at the official opening of the exhibition.


  Firtash Foundation charitable fund thanks all the participants, finalists and winners of the UK/RAINE competition and wishes them inspiration, new ideas and new victories.

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