Project ‘Diffusion’ came to life in 2016. Its' aim is to bring together artists from different spheres (film and photography, multi-media, street arts, fine arts and crafts, contemporary art performance, dance, theatre, design, drawing etc.) to create artworks that address important social and environmental issues and preferably involve local community in development of artwork. The residency is open for artists both from Ukraine and abroad. The culminating moment of the residency is a final exhibition in the Kramatorsk Art Museum where the artworks created during the residency will be shown.
Kramatorsk is a small industrial, but very green town that due to geo-political turbulence became a kind of center of Southeast Ukraine. By choosing Kramatorsk as the city for the residency, the program offers a unique experience when it comes to discovering the cultural transitions which are so characteristic to all ‘Post-Soviet’ era of the Eastern European countries. Feedback and experience of the first editions of “Diffusion” has shown that the acclimatization process which accompanies the residency in a new city full of contrasts invariably generates creative impulses that sooner or later manifest themselves in some form of artistic expression. Participants present their depiction of their sensations to local people by giving them a chance to view their city through the eyes of a stranger.
The Residency is not limited to Kramatorsk only. It offers wide range of places to discover and to present their works around Kramatorsk such as Bachmut, Slovyansk, Dobropilla, Druzkivka, Pokrovsk, Avdiivka and as far as the coastal city of Mariupol.
The program covers accommodation and shared open studio spaces costs for the duration of the residency and some limited material costs. Applicants are responsible for covering travel and food expenses / daily allowances, and some additional materials costs. Access to analogue photo laboratory and video editing room can be made available upon demand. Some production (materials) support can be provided upon additional request. If required, the Kramatorsk Art Museum can issue acceptance / participation confirmation letter to help the participants to obtain grants to cover their travel, insurance, food costs, materials costs etc.
At the end of the residency, artists are expected to present/discuss/share the results of their work with the local community in the form of artist talk, screening, exhibition, other performance and/or a workshop for the interested.
Participants work in museum itself, outside and inside different studio places.
Participants live in hostel or in a shared apartment.