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“UK/raine” has been an attractive exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
David Franchi – Sunday, 17th January 2016.
Addressed to all emerging artists from the UK and Ukraine, “UK/raine” is the first ever open competition of this kind, showing in at the Saatchi Gallery in London for the first time ever. The competition goal is to discover and prop the most creative and gifted young artists aged 18 – 35 years old, including students on BA and MA courses who are living and working in the UK or Ukraine or born in either country.
“UK/raine” follows on the successful exhibition “Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now”, which was the largest survey to date of contemporary Ukrainian art in the UK. It displayed over 80 works by 38 artists and closed at the Saatchi Gallery last November 2014. The exhibition attracted 137,438 visitors (5,494 per day), making it the only UK exhibition in the world’s top 20 most attended shows in 2014, and the seventh most attended contemporary art exhibition in the world according to The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of international museum exhibitions.
Artists could enter their work via the Saatchi Gallery’s website into one of five categories: installation, new media (including video and photography), painting, sculpture and street art.
Each of the category winners received GB£10,000. Also the overall winner of the prize received a further GB£20,000. The winner of the public vote got GB£5,000 of production costs to support their future work.
The winners were announced at the Saatchi Gallery private view on 23rd November. Each of the category winners received GB£10,000: the overall winner of the prize was allowed a further GB£20,000. The winner of the separate public vote received GB£5,000 of production costs to support their future work.
The overall winner was Sergiy Petlyuk. The category winners were: Roman Mikhaylov (Installation); Sergiy Petlyuk (New Media); Dominic Beattie (Painting); Jamie Fitzpatrick (Sculpture); Dima Mykytenko (Street Art); and Olivia Bax (Winner of the Public Vote).
The works of the winning artists and the entire shortlist can be viewed on the Saatchi Gallery’s website.
“UK/raine” offered to 30 selected artists (six from each category) the chance to exhibit their work over one entire floor at the Saatchi Gallery for a month-long running show.
Renowned international judges composed the panel including: Johnson Chang – Founder of the Asia Art Archive, Nigel Hurst – Saatchi Gallery CEO, Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Thailand and Oleksandr Soloviov – Ukrainian author and curator.
The exhibition “UK/raine” was at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, from 24th November 2015 until 3rd January 2016.