Construction festival V: Reality. OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS

Construction festival V: Reality. OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS

Kultura Medialna announces an open call for artists for participation in the fifth edition of the Construction festival that will take place in June 2018 in Dnipro, Ukraine.

The project offers selected 3 participants from EU countries and 3 participants from Ukraine a residency opportunity for conducting artistic research, creating new works and projects or adapt their existing projects for the local context. All works will be presented at the annual international festival of audiovisual art and new media in urban space Construction.

Festival Construction was created 4 years ago by a group of friends as a festival of audiovisual art and new media. It was built on the ideas of decentralization of cultural processes, overcoming the humanitarian crisis. Motivated by both good and bad changes in social, economic and political spheres and decided that now is the best time to disrupt the cultural stagnation in the city. Dnipro is a perfect city for contemporary music and art. It's a cultural desert with industrial and post-soviet spirit, sparsed with the abandoned and unfinished buildings and forgotten spaces. Through its 4-year run, the festival had artists from more than 20 countries. It used 30 different and unique locations and was attended by more than 15 000 people. This year Construction festival will be held on 6-10 of June.

The festival combines topics of urban planning, social and cultural development, and creative needs of people living in post-industrial and post-soviet cities and appeals to physical and perceived image of the city, discovering a new vision of its peculiarities and raising attention to our commons: space, responsibility and future.

Dnipro is the fourth biggest city in Ukraine with a million inhabitants and a grand industrial and rocket building past. Because of this industry, Dnipro was a closed city from the end of the 1950s until the end of 1980s - it means no citizen of a foreign country (even of the socialist ones) was allowed to visit Dnipro. This spirit of "the rocket closed city" still has a huge influence on cultural situation and mentality. The war conflict happening in the east of the country that is 4 hours away from Dnipro definitely added a different meaning to some of the art and music projects. Space industry also had its influence on the architecture - that's why there are some awesome examples of retro-futuristic architecture.

Application deadline: April 15, 2018

Confirmation of selected residents: 22th April 2018

Residency in Dnipro, Ukraine: 6 artists, May 26 - June 4, 2018

Exhibitions in Dnipro, Ukraine: June, 6 - 20th in Artsvit gallery and June, 7 - 23th Museum of Arts

In addition to residencies will also organize workshops and artist talks.


Kultura Medialna cover:

travel costs to/from Dnipro

subsistence costs (guest flat during the residency)

residency and artist fee (approx. 2000 UAH)

production and material costs (up to 5000 UAH)


Participating artists are expected to:

Create a new piece during a 10-day residency or adapt their existing projects for the local context from May 26 to June 4, 2018

Present your project at the Construction festival (between June 6 and 10th)

Participate in artist talks, public discussions and workshops.

Eligible Countries: 3 participants from EU countries and 3 participants from Ukraine.


Applications (English, Ukrainian or Russian) should include a cover letter with contact details (max. 300 words) and portfolio in pdf. Completed applications should be emailed to  with letter subject “OPEN CALL_REALITY_NAME_SURNAME”


Organised by Kultura Medialna NGO

Partners: Artsvit gallery, Museum of Arts, Contemporary Cultural Centre Dnipro, Module, Art-centre Kvartira.

Supported by the program Cultural Capital.



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