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Winners of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2015 To Be Announced at the Award Ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine on December 11, 2015

9 December 2015

December 11, 2015, at 19:00 (GMT+2) PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) will award the Winners of the 4th edition of the PinchukArtCentre Prize. The PinchukArtCentre Prize is a biannual prize for the best Ukrainian artists up to 35, starting from 2009. It is the first private award in Ukraine, aimed at developing a new generation of young Ukrainian artists.

The award ceremony will be streamed live on the PinchukArtCentre web-site.

The Winners of the Main Prize and the two Special Prizes will be announced at the award ceremony in Kyiv by the members of the distinguished international jury that in 2015 includes: Bart De Baere, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M HKA), Belgium; Bjorn Geldhof, Artistic and strategic director of Yarat, Azerbaijan; Martin Kiefer, Curator, contemporary art section, Louvre, France; Yuri Leiderman, artist and writer, Ukraine / Germany, and Anna Smolak, Chief curator, BWA SOKÓŁ Gallery in Nowy Sącz.

The 16 nominees were shortlisted by an independent Selection Committee from about 800 applicants and include: Yevgenia Belorusets (34, Kyiv), Daniil Galkin (29, Dnipropetrovsk), Mykola Karabinovych (26, Odesa), Alina Kleitman (24, Kharkiv), Daria Koltsova (27, Kyiv), Kinder Album (32, Lviv), Sergii Melnychenko (23, China, Chengdu), Roman Mykhailov (25, Kyiv), Sergiy Petlyuk (34, Lviv), Mykola Ridnyi (30, Kharkiv), Ivan Svitlychnyi (26, Kharkiv), Sergiy Yakimenko (27, Kharkiv), Ekaterina Yermolaeva (30, Kyiv), Anna Zvyagintseva (28, Kyiv) and groups:Melnychuk-Burlaka Group (Ivan Melnychuk (33, Kyiv), Oleksandr Burlaka (33, Kyiv), Open Group (Yuri Bieliey (27, Lviv), Pavlo Kovach (27, Lviv), Anton Varga (25, Lviv).

The winners of the Main and two Special Prizes, besides cash awards of UAH 250 000 and UAH 60 000 respectively, will have one month residence in studios of internationally renowned artists. Additionally, the winner of the Main Prize will be automatically included in the short list of the Future Generation Art Prize - international prize for young artists. Winner in the “Public Choice Prize” category, determined by majority of votes from the PinchukArtCentre visitors, will be awarded UAH 25 000.

Seven nominees are new to the PinchukArtCentre. The other nine shortlisted artists have been nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009, 2011 or 2013, namely: Yevgenia Belorusets (2013), Daniil Galkin (2011, 2013), Alina Kleitman (2011), Sergiy Petlyuk (2011), Mykola Ridnyi (2011, 2013), Ivan Svitlychnyi (2011, 2013), Anna Zvyagintseva (2013), Melnychuk-Burlaka Group (2013), and Open Group (2013). Additionally, Open Group and Daniil Galkin were awarded Special Prizes in the edition of PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2013.

Starting from the first edition in 2009 the PinchukArtCentre Prize attracted about 4000 applicants from all regions of Ukraine.

Statistic data on the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2015 application results is available here.

Notes to editors:

The PinchukArtCentre Prize is a biannual prize awarded to the best Ukrainian artists up to 35, starting from 2009. It is the first privately funded award in Ukraine, aimed at fostering, supporting and developing a new generation of young Ukrainian artists.

Individual artists, as well as groups of artists with Ukrainian citizenship working with any genre of contemporary art are allowed to participate in the competition. One artist (or a group of artists) may submit from 3 to 7 works. The applications should be submitted according to the PinchukArtCentre Prize Rules. The primary selection shall be performed by the Selection Committee consisting of art centre curators and contemporary art experts.

Starting from the first edition the PinchukArtCentre Prize attracted about 4000 applicants from all regions of Ukraine.

Winners of the previous editions of the PinchukArtCentre Prize:

Main Prize winners: 
2013: Zhanna Kadyrova (Kyiv), 
2011: Mykyta Kadan (Kyiv), 
2009: Artem Volokitin (Kharkiv).

Special Prizes winners: 
2013: Open Group, Lada Nakonechna (Kyiv), Daniil Galkin (Dnipropetrovsk), 
2011: Zhanna Kadyrova (Kyiv), Serhiy Radkevych (Lutsk), 
2009: Oleksii Salmanov (Kyiv), Masha Shubina (Kyiv).

Public Choice Prize winner: 
2013: Anatoly Belov (Kyiv), 
2011: Mykyta Shalennyi (Dnipropetrovsk), 

Partner Platforms for PinchukArtCentre Prize 2015: 
Ya Galery (Dnipropetrovsk) 
Ivano-Frankivsk Centre for Contemporary Art (Ivano-Frankivsk) 
CSM / Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art (Kyiv) 
OK Projects (Kyiv) 
Biruchiy Contemporary Art Project (Kyiv) 
Lviv Art Palace (Lviv) 
Art Association Dzyga (Lviv) 
Museum of Modern Art (Odessa) 
Ilko Galery (Uzhhorod) 
Kharkiv City art Galery (Kharkiv) 
Centre for Youth Initiatives Totem (Kherson)

Media partners of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2015: 
Радио Аристократы 

Technical Partner of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2015 Exhibition


PinchukArtCentre is the largest and most dynamic private contemporary art centre in Central and Eastern Europe. As a project of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, it is dedicated to fostering artistic education, creation and appreciation in Ukraine. It provides a sustainable contribution to the cultural participation and emancipation of Ukrainian art and society. It also gives a significant contribution to the cultural dialogue between East and West, and between national identity and international challenge. Recent events have included the group exhibitions “Borderline. Ukrainian Art 1985–2004” and “Fear and Hope” presenting Ukrainian artists’ views on the recent developments in Ukraine, as well as personal exhibitions by Jan Fabre, Jeff Wall, Gary Hume, Olafur Eliasson, Candice Breitz, Damian Ortega, Sergey Bratkov, Subodh Gupta, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, and others. The art centre has founded Prizes to support national and international young artists up to 35. The PinchukArtCentre represented Ukraine in 2007 and 2009 at the Venice Biennale organizing the official Ukrainian Pavilion as well as with Future Generation Art [email protected] exhibitions in 2011 and 2013 as part of the Collateral events of the Venice Biennale. In 2015, the PinchukArtCentre with the support of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation presented the Ukrainian national pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. A group exhibition entitled “Hope!” featured a young generation of Ukrainian artists. Björn Geldhof, Deputy Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre, curated the project.

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