'Canny Creatives', Ukraine
ISIS Arts co-director and Culture Action Europe committee member Clymene Christoforou has been selected to visit Ukraine, along with five other leading cultural professionals from North East England, as part of a British Council exchange programme seeking to forge lasting relationships between cultural organisations in the UK and Ukraine. ‘Canny Creatives’ is a professional development and capacity building initiative, and an opportunity for cultural professionals and organisations from UK and Ukraine to share ideas and benefit from each other’s expertise.
North East England and Newcastle Gateshead, in particular, was chosen for this initiative as an area celebrated for its rapid cultural transformation and dynamic creative industries scene. Newcastle Gateshead has transformed from a city known 30 years ago as an industrial town with high unemployment, a passive audience and slow economic development to one of the most exciting cultural hubs in England. British Council Ukraine representatives believe that North East England shares a lot in common with Ukraine in terms of culture and history and are confident that an exchange of professional skills and ideas between cultural organisations in Ukraine and North East England will contribute to the transformation of cultural life in Ukrainian cities.
We are excited to announce that Clymene will work within two Ukrainian cultural organisations, CSM and Congress of Cultural Activists, based in Kyiv, for a week in September and three weeks in October.
CSM, Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art is the descendent of the first Ukrainian Soros Centre for Contemporary art and has been functioning in Kyiv, Ukraine since 2008. CSM supports cultural researchers and critics with the mission to generate a discussion about the role and status of contemporary art in Ukraine. CSM promotes the understanding of the integral role of contemporary art in the current social, political and economic circumstances of Ukraine through public discussions and educational initiatives.
Congress of Cultural Activists presents itself as a collective of creative, educated and politically aware professionals based in Kyiv, committed to building a new Ukraine by changing the cultural reality in the country. Congress of Cultural Activists believes in the important role of culture in a state of revolutionary transformation for Ukraine. Congress of Cultural Activists has initiated a public movement to mobilise a socially active civil society in Ukraine, based on open interaction with the public and has urged organisations from Europe and beyond to rethink Ukraine’s place in Europe.
For more information about Canny Creatives, please visit British Council’s website.