ArtsLink Assembly 2022 Livestreams


November 30 – December 2, 2022
Online and In-Person in Warszawa, Poland

ArtsLink Assembly 2022 is a platform for Ukrainian artists, curators, and cultural leaders to share perspectives and ideas for the future of the cultural life of the country

As part of the CEC ArtsLink re-focusing of its programming to address the needs caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine, ArtsLink Assembly 2022 is produced by CEC ArtsLink and the Ukrainian Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine, in partnership with Open Place, Kyiv, Ukraine. It takes place in Warszawa, Poland.

ArtsLink Assembly 2022: Greener Grass? Cultivating Transborder Connections Between Ukrainian Cultural Communities is curated by a specially convened group of independent artists and curators from across Ukraine:

Lia Dostlieva, Donetsk, Ukraine, currently in Poznan, Poland
Andrii Dostliev, Donetsk, Ukraine, currently in Poznan, Poland
Anna Gaidai, Lviv, Ukraine, currently in Vienna, Austria
Yulia Kostereva and Yuriy Kruchak (Open Place, Kyiv, Ukraine; Yulia currently in Warszawa, Poland, Yuriy in Kyiv)
Anastasiia Manuliak and Mariia Volchonok (Ukrainian Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine)

With commissioned work, dialogues, presentations and panel discussions, the ArtsLink Assembly brings together over 40 key Ukrainian artists and cultural leaders to reflect on what needs to happen now, and what strategic decisions are needed for the future.

CEC ArtsLink firmly believes in the power of artists and the potency of creative social engagement to help build dialogue between individuals and communities. In order to rebuild Ukraine, there must be a robust and shared vision for the support of artists and their vital role in the reconstruction of Ukrainian civil society.

ArtsLink Assembly, a transnational meeting of artists, organizations, and activists, advocates for the vital importance of transnational cultural mobility. 

Program at-a-glance

All presentations and panels are in Ukrainian unless otherwise noted, with simultaneous interpretation in English 
Presentations in English are with simultaneous interpretation in Ukrainian 
Live Interpretation by Kateryna Ferdyn and Nestor Kaszycki
Registration at Eventbrite is required for in-person attendance for each day of the Assembly. All events will be Livestreamed in English and ukrainian on this page, unless otherwise noted. No registration is necessary to watch Livestream. 


Wednesday, November 30
10:00 - 10:30 CET
10:30 - 11:00 CET
Everything Everywhere All at Once: Facing the Reality of Rebuilding Culture in Post-War Ukraine
Keynote by Kateryna Botanova (in English)

Kateryna Botanova is a Basel-based cultural critic and curator from Kyiv, Ukraine. She is a co-curator of the multidisciplinary cultural festival Culturescapes (Basel, Switzerland).

11:00 - 11:20 CET
Ukrainian Cultural Actors Mapping and Needs Assessment (TBC)

Kateryna Kravchuk presents the report (PDF

11:30 - 13:00 CET

Panel discussion with the representative of independent sector addressing the challenges of building and supporting professional careers in the independent cultural field, and the creation of platforms for transborder collaborations

  • Valeriia Schiller, independent curator, writer, editor 
  • Alevtina Kakhidze, artist
  • Tatiana Kochubynska, independent curator, writer (online)
  • Stanislav Turina, artist, independent curator
  • Dariia Kuzmych, artist 
  • Tereza Barabash, artist (online)

Moderated by Anastasiia Platonova, independent cultural journalist

13:00 - 15:00 CET
Lunch / Networking on site
15:15 - 17:15 CET

Kateryna Alymova, with Lina Romanukha online, House of Europe and Zapravka Initiative, on art residencies’ adaptation to new challenges during the war.

Panel discussion with the representatives of non-governmental institutions focusing on sustaining and encouraging team collaborations, including remote working and sustaining long term programming

Moderated by
Lesia Kulchinska, curator and visual studies researcher affiliated with the Research Platform of the Pinchuk Art Center

17:35 - 19:00 CET
Private Institutions

Panel discussion with the representatives of private institutions focusing on strengthening and resourcing the emerging new arts community and new ways of working; building and sustaining connections and collaborations with displaced or relocated Ukrainian cultural practitioners

  • Bozhena Pelenska, Jam Factory Art Center (Lviv)
  • Mykhailo Glubokyi, IZOLYATSIA Platform for Cultural Initiatives (Donetsk / Kyiv / Soledar)
  • Ksenia Malykh, Pinchuk Art Centre (Kyiv) (online)
  • Oleksanda Osadcha, Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography (Kharkiv)

Moderated by
Iryna Starovoyt, poet, essayist, and Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University

19:00 - 21:00 CET
Dinner / Networking on site

Day 2: Finding Solutions

Thursday, December 1
10:00 - 10:15 CET
10:15 - 10:45 CET
Ukrainian Cultural Foundation

Ukrainian Cultural Foundation activities and the report “The state of culture and creative industries during the war” (in Ukrainian and English) outlining research by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. Presented by

  • Iryna Osadcha, Deputy Director of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation for Organizational Development
  • Nataliia Kernytska, International Cooperation Manager, Expert of Zapravka Initiative
10:45 - 12:15 CET
Museums and State Institutions

Panel discussion with the representatives of museums and state institutions focusing on building connections and fostering new models of cooperation between museums and cultural organizations; new collaborative models for independent practitioners, NGOs and state institutions

  • Anna Pohribna, Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex (Kyiv) 
  • Kyrylo Lipatov, Odesa National Art Museum (Odesa)
  • Olha Novikova, The Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts (Kyiv)
  • Olena Honcharuk, the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Centre (Kyiv) 
  • Olena Chervonyk, PhD, Trinity College Oxford (Oxford, England)

Moderated by
Anastasiia Platonova, independent cultural journalist

13:00 - 15:00 CET
Lunch / Networking on site
15:15 - 18:25 CET
International Experience (all presentations in English)
  • Dejan Vasic, The Center for Cultural Decontamination (Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Tamar Janashia (Georgia) (online)
  • Nien-Ting Chen (Taiwan) 
16:30 - 17:00 CET
17:15 - 18:25 CET
International Experience (continued)
  • Karen Jagodin, Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom (Tallinn, Estonia) (online)
  • Ieva Astahovska, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (Riga, Latvia) (online)
  • “Re-bridging of cultural networks in Międzymorze”  presented by Gintautas Mažeikisphilosopher, cultural theorist, anthropologist, professor at the Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania)
19:00 - 21:00 CET
Dinner / Networking on site

Day 3: Results

Friday, December 2
10:00 - 10:10 CET
10:10 - 10:50 CET
Presentations by
  • Iryna Chuzhynova, Director of Directorate of Culture and Arts, Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine (Kyiv)
  • Ilya Zabolotnyi, Ukrainian Emergency Art Fund/МСМ (Kyiv)
11:00 - 12:30 CET
The NGO Community

Panel discussion with the representatives of the NGO community focusing on working with communities in times of crisis and uncertainty: building and strengthening connections with relocated arts community members; mechanisms for interregional cooperation and equal opportunities across the regions of Ukraine

  • Diana Berg, Platform TU (Mariupol) 
  • Olena Afanasieva, Centre of cultural development “Totem” (Kherson) 
  • Vitalii Matukhno, «Гарелея неотодрёшь» (Lysychansk) 
  • Yulia Krivich, Solidarny Dom Kultury “Słonecznik” (Warsaw) 

Moderated by Lesia Kulchinska, curator and visual studies researcher affiliated with the Research Platform of the Pinchuk Art Center

13:00 - 14:00 CET
Lunch / Networking on site

Participants (Full list of curators and speakers is in the program, adding bios is in progress)


ArtsLink Assembly 2022 is produced by CEC ArtsLink (New York, USA) and Ukrainian Institute (Kyiv, Ukraine), in partnership with Open Place (Kyiv, Ukraine). 
Livestream is produced and supported by
 ArtsLink Assembly 2022 is hosted by Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland.
ArtsLink Assembly 2022 is made possible by support from the Culture of Solidarity-EUNIC Ukraine Fund, in partnership with the European Cultural Foundation and EUNIC with core financing led by the Goethe Institut; the Trust for Mutual Understanding; and the Kirby Family Foundation.

Kirby Family Foundation