Kyiv Sculpture Project Prize 2014: call for applications

Kyiv Sculpture Project announces the open call for submissions for the Kyiv Sculpture Project Prize—the first international sculpture prize in Ukraine.

Kyiv Sculpture Project 2014 (KSP)—the non-profit festival of contemporary sculpture in urban space—announces the open call for artists under 35 from all around the world to participate in the exhibition of the Main project and be considered for the Kyiv Sculpture Project Prize.

Kyiv Sculpture Project 2014 will take place from 20 May to 10 July 2014. The Festival is destined to become the significant platform for the development of contemporary sculpture in Eastern Europe and to put Kyiv on the world map of public art. The first KSP held in 2012 was enjoyed by more than 600,000 visitors. “The main goal of this project is to create in Kyiv a platform not only for the development of contemporary sculpture, but also for international cultural exchange. We would like the creative people from all over the world to visit Kyiv so that the international cultural scene would develop dynamically and have a positive impact on the atmosphere of the city, as well as on the way Kyiv is perceived internationally,” says Yuliya Liovochkina, the founder of KSP.

The Main Project of KSP 2014 will present the works by shortlisted nominees of the International Sculpture Prize for Young Artists. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the partner of the Festival, will show in Kyiv the Special Project on British Contemporary Sculpture. “We are glad to be back in Kyiv and working with KSP again,” said the YSP Senior Curator Helen Pheby, PhD. “The sculptures chosen for the 2014 Special Project are all made since 2000 but represent some of the most important sculptors of their generations from 1960 to present day, all informing the definition of what is Contemporary British about sculpture today.”

Also in 2014, Kyiv Sculpture Project will introduce the Art in the City discussion programme with the world’s leading experts in culture, art and urban studies. Offering a platform for pertinent comments in public art and international discourse, KSP will attract and interest a wide public, interdisciplinary partners and contemporary artists.

Kyiv Sculpture Project Prize is the first Ukraine-based specialized prize for young artists working in the public realm. In 2012 KSP received over 300 applications from 39 countries. The Main Prize was split between two projects: The Seashell by Zhanna Kadyrova (Ukraine) and Moonstruck by Karin van der Molen (Netherlands).

The main focus of KSP 2014 is Art in the City. How does art interact with the city and its inhabitants? How can it change the attitude toward public space and form new understandings of the urban environment? Ultimately, how can a work of art influence our everyday life? Kyiv Sculpture Project provides an opportunity for artists to share their own practical consideration of contemporary art and urban public space.

Submissions will be accepted from 30 October to 20 December 2013 inclusive. The selection will be announced in February 2014. The Festival provides a grant to cover artwork production, flight and accommodation in Kyiv. The application form for the Kyiv Sculpture Project Prize is available via the festival’s website:

The selection committee of Kyiv Sculpture Project 2014 includes Helen Pheby PhD (Senior Curator of Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Curator of the KSP Special Project), Kateryna Taylor (curator of the Main Project at KSP, founder of Kadygrob & Taylor Art Projects), Mikhail Reva (sculptor, architect, Merited Artist of Ukraine), Vladimir Kadygrob (Director of Kyiv Sculpture Project, founder of Kadygrob & Taylor Art Projects), Olesya Ostrovska-Lyuta (Head of programmes and projects at Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine), and Anton Belov (Director of Garage CCC, Moscow).

All the selected works will be assessed by the international jury and nominated for the following awards:
Main Prize (8000 Euro)
Special Prize (3000 Euro)
Special Prize from “K.A.N. Development” company
Igor Voronov Art Foundation Prize
Yorkshire Sculpture Park Special Prize
Audience Choice Prize

The shortlist of the Kyiv Sculpture Project Prize will be announced in February 2014. The works by shortlisted artists will be exhibited within the Main Project at KSP from 20 May to 10 July 2014 at the M. M. Gryshko National Botanical Garden. The award ceremony will be held in June 2014.