Opportunity for writers 

The Ukrainian Institute London in partnership with PEN Ukraine and Ukrainian Institute organizes the UKRAINE LAB, an online residency for six emerging writers from Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The residence will support them developmentally and financially to produce creative nonfiction pieces tackling global challenges through the prism of Ukraine 

During the online residency’s educational part, participants will learn about Ukraine’s experiences of cultural resistance from world-leading experts. Three thematic online seminars include:   

  • After Chornobyl: on the cultural landscape of the post-nuclear age (Tamara Hundorova)   
  • War and Lies: on the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns (Peter Pomerantsev)   
  • Theatre of War: on artistic responses to the war trauma (Olesya Khromeychuk)  

During the residency’s creative part, the participants will work in three cross-cultural writing pairs. Guided by the UKRAINE LAB curator (Sasha Dovzhyk), they will develop their creative pieces through peer-review sessions and workshops with professional writers from Ukraine (Iryna Shuvalova) and the United Kingdom (Julia Bell). Their texts will be published by our literary partners in Ukrainian (Krytyka, Korydor, Tyzhden) and English (openDemocracy, MIR, The Ecologist). 

The residence will be held online from May 9 to June 17, 2022 with the opportunity to visit Kyiv and Chornobyl.

The Ukraine Lab project is being redesigned because of Russia’s war against Ukraine. We remain committed to re-starting it when we can. The deadline for applications is now 30 May 2022.

Find more about the requirements and the residency program.

This project is supported by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute as part of the UK/UA Season of Culture 2022.  

The head image uses Oleksandr Khvostenko-Khvostov’s set design for Mob (adapted from Upton Sinclair’s novel They Call Me Carpenter), 1924. Mystetskyi arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine.