ArtsLink Assembly 2024

ArtsLink Assembly 2024

September 26-27, 2024
In person and livestream
Jam Factory Art Center, Lviv, Ukraine

A two-day gathering of key artists and cultural leaders in Ukraine and those displaced abroad together with key international partner organizations, foundations and supporters in Ukraine’s new independent cultural space

ArtsLink Assembly: Beyond Greener Grass will share critical ideas, build networks of support, develop implementation plans and initiate a new cultural ecology for Ukraine and its diaspora.

The broad issues are set out in the report Beyond Greener Grass: strategies towards Ukrainian transnational cultural reconstruction that emerged from the convening of Ukrainian artists and arts leaders at the ArtsLink Assembly 2022 in Warsaw. Produced by the Ukrainian Institute and Cedos, Kyiv, in partnership with CEC ArtsLink, New York, the report was launched at the ArtsLink Assembly 2023.

The agenda for ArtsLink Assembly: Beyond Greener Grass is shaped in a series of workshops for artists and cultural leaders held in Lviv, Kyiv, Berlin and Warsaw in March-June 2024. These moderated dialogues focus on strategies for Ukraine’s cultural reconstruction, create platforms for ongoing discussion, share knowledge, and add a wider range of artists’ perspectives to the strategic planning.

The Assembly will bring together key artists and cultural leaders to present the outcomes of the workshops – reflections, new issues and ideas, as well as constructive proposals for future action.

All presentations will be accessible through the CEC ArtsLink website, with public events to be livestreamed and archived for broad accessibility.

Partner / Venue in Lviv, Ukraine

ArtsLink Assembly 2024 is organized by CEC ArtsLink in partnership with Jam Factory Art Center. A newly opened independent contemporary art institution in Lviv, Ukraine, Jam Factory plays a key role in reflecting and presenting contemporary processes in Ukrainian and international art and culture, opening opportunities for public dialogue.

Workshop: Lviv, Jam Factory // MARCH 15-16

Alevtina Kakhidze, Veronika Seleha, Volodymyr Sheiko, Hnat Zabrodskyy

  • Strengthening cultural community through the open dialogue among artists and cultural workers living in Ukraine and their colleagues displaced by the war
  • Collaborative approaches to resources
  • Building interdisciplinary, cross-regional, and transnational connections
  • Focusing on the narratives of transnational solidarity in fighting the war for the principles of democracy and freedom

Olena Kasperovych, Yermilov Centre (Kharkiv),  Jam Factory, Lviv; Ostap Manuliak, NGO ‘Nurt’, Lviv; Anastasia Manuliak, Ukrainian Institute, Kyiv/Lviv; Iryna Chuzhynova, Ivano-Frankivsk Drama Theatre, Ivano-Frankivsk; Olha Honchar, Museum Crisis Centre, Territory of Terror Museum, Lviv;
Yulia Khomchyn, the Сultural Strategy Institute, Lviv; Oleksandra Kushchenko, art media ArtLvivOnline, Lviv; Yevheniya Nesterovych, NGO PostBellum, Lviv; Vitaliy Matiukhno, gallery ‘Nevidderesh’, Kharkiv, now based in Lviv;
Lyana Mytsko, Lviv Municipal Gallery; Alyona Karavai, contemporary art space and gallery, Ivano-Frankivsk; Bozhena Pelenska, Jam Factory, Lviv; Sophia Lishchynska, Hotkevych Palace, a platform for dance and music artists, Lviv.
The workshop is a CEC ArtsLink project in partnership with Jam Factory Art Center

Workshop: KYIV, GOETHE INSTITUT // April 26-27

Veronika Seleha, Volodymyr Sheiko, Hnat Zabrodskyy

The workshop focused on the topics vitally important now to the cultural community of Ukraine as a country at war as well the issues that resonate with artists, art leaders and cultural workers internationally:

  • Artist communities: importance of cooperation vs competition among diverse practitioners; horizontal networks; solidarity in collective actions; partnerships with municipal structures to support a vibrant cultural field; practicing collaborative approaches to resources
  • Building cross-regional and transnational connections, particularly with diasporic communities displaced by war
  • Developing effective strategies to support contemporary artistic practices through education, residencies, and other professional opportunities, in collaboration with international institutions
  • Supporting decolonial practices in countering colonial narratives


Dmytro Chepurnyi, Goethe-Institut Kyiv; Oleksandra Pogrebnyak, Pinchuk Art Center; Anna Pohribna, Mystetskyi Arsenal; Pavlo Priminov, Vere Music Fund; Kateryna Taylor, artist, curator; Stanislav Turina, artist, curator; Yuriy Kruchak, artist, curator; Natalia Matsenko, curator, author; Bohdana Neborak, journalist, The Ukrainians and Radio Podil; Mariia Volchonok, Ukrainian Institute; Kateryna Radchenko, Odesa Photo Days Festival; Lina Romanukha, artist, curator; Olexander Grebenyuk, artist.

Workshop: Berlin, Magnus-Haus // May 29

Simon Dove, CEC ArtsLink; Kateryna Rietz-Rakul, Ukrainian Institute Berlin; Mariia Volchonok, Ukrainian Institute Kyiv; Hnat Zabrodskyy, independent cultural worker and legal expert, Kyiv

The workshop gathered Ukrainian artists and cultural workers, many of whom were forced by war to live abroad, and focused on the following issues: 

  • Displacement (internal and abroad)
  • Intellectual loss from Ukraine forming new diaspora
  • International support encourages integration and settlement in new context without adequate support for establishing/keeping connections with Ukraine
  • Need for connection/solidarity within Ukraine and across the new diaspora
  • Different modes of working for independent artists – finding new approaches in new contexts

Daria Prydybailo, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Germany/Ukraine; Olena Syrbu, CEDOS, Ukraine; Kateryna Zavoloka, sound and visual artist, Germany/Ukraine; Tatiana Kochubinska, independent curator, Germany/Ukraine; Mykola Ridnyi, artist and filmmaker, Germany/Ukraine; Hanna Lehun, scholar, Germany/Ukraine; Nina Petruk, Kunstsammlungen und Museen Augsburg, Germany/Ukraine; Oksana Oliinyk, curator, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Germany/Ukraine; Olha Kotska, All-Around Culture, Germany/Ukraine; Kateryna Ray, Münster sculpture project archive, Germany/Ukraine; Les Vynogradov, cultural manager, musician, Germany/Ukraine; Anna Petrova, Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany/Ukraine; Sofiia Holubeva, artist, Germany/Ukraine; Yulia Kostereva, Open Place, Poland/Ukraine; Lilia Kudelia, curator, USA/Ukraine; Maria Isserlis, curator, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany/Ukraine.

The Berlin convening was part of the international conference “From crisis to future: new responsibilities for museums”

Workshop: Warszawskie Obserwatorium Kultury, Warsaw // June 14-15

Veronika SelehaHnat Zabrodskyy

  • Defining cultural communities through shared values, collaborative approach to resources, and work toward common goals 
  • Identifying and collaborating with cultural institutions in Ukraine and abroad whose missions and work respond to the needs of Ukrainian cultural field 
  • Developing effective strategies to support decolonial practices and actively counter artistic, curatorial, and institutional  practices that give platforms to colonial narratives. 


Polina Bulat, dance producer, Ukraine/Germany; Lia Dostlieva and Andrii Dostliev, artists, Ukraine/Poland; Yulia Kostereva, curator, Ukraine/Poland; Iryna Kostrub, historian, Ukraine; Yulia Krivich, artist, Ukraine/Poland; Glib Lukianets, film producer, Ukraine/Poland; Anton Ovchinnikov, choreographer, Ukraine; Myroslav Trofymuk, artist, Ukraine.



Kirby Family Foundation
ArtsLink Assembly 2024 is produced by CEC ArtsLink in partnership with Jam Factory Art Center. Support is provided  by the European Cultural Foundation, the Kirby Family Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Livestream is produced and supported by