Summer Residency

Summer Residency "Un/archiving post/industry"

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Deadline: 20.6.2021

We invite you to join us at the Summer Residency "Un/archiving post/industry", dedicated to the heritage of industrial towns.

WHEN: July 20-31, 2021

WHERE: Pokrovsk, on the site of the Pokrovsk Historical Museum

Organizers: Centre for Urban History (Lviv) and University of St Andrews (UK) in partnership with Mariupol Local History Museum, Pokrovsk Historical Museum, and Donetsk Regional History Museum, with the support of House of Europe and Global Challenges Research Fund


Who can take part?

  • Early career artists, curators, activists, researchers aged 18 and above;
  • Those who have and want to develop experience working with photo and video media;
  • Those who have an interest in the industrial past and present, and also regionalism;
  • Those who can participate for the duration of the residency from 20.07-31.07.2021
  • We welcome in particular residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and people with an interest in and experience working in these regions

We are looking for

  • The creation of research and art projects in various forms; from works of visual art to essays and academic articles, blogs/vlogs, podcasts, etc.;
  • On completion of the residency, we expect participants to present work-in-progress projects; a number of projects will be selected for follow-on funding and their authors will have the opportunity to undertake a two-week residency at the Centre of Urban History to complete their work;

We offer

  • Access to materials: photos, video and audio from industrial sites (Mariupol, Pokrovsk, Kramatorsk, Druzhkivka, Slovyansk, Donetsk, Luhansk, Lviv, and others)
  • Opportunities to draw on other thematically related collections and materials;
  • Opportunities to work individually with curators to develop projects;
  • Opportunities to realise individual project and/or cooperate with other participants;
  • Collaboration with curators of the residency: Victoria Danelyan and Tetyana Tsvilodub – the co-founders of the public organisation “Dream Projects” - interdisciplinary centre for the development of art and culture (Ukraine and Georgia);
  • Participation at events at the school-residency: collective discussion seminars with other participants (conceptualising collections together); lectures, film screenings, meetings with representatives from the local cultural sphere;
  • Programme of lectures from (among others): Iryna Sklokina (researcher at the Centre for Urban History); Victoria Donovan (senior lecturer at the University of St Andrews); Oleksandr Makhanets (head of the Urban Media Archive at the Centre for Urban History)
  • Languages: Ukrainian, English, and Russian
  • A friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

What is provided to participants at the residency:

  • Travel in Ukraine
  • Accommodation in Pokrovsk
  • Daily expenses
  • Workspace
  • For selected projects: follow-on funding and the opportunity for a subsequent two-week residency to complete projects at the Centre of Urban History in Lviv in 2021-2022.

Rules and Copyright:

  • Participants are obliged to follow the ethical rules for using materials according to the guidance for working with archival collections outlined here.
  • Works developed during the residency belong to their authors, however, we ask that authors observe the rules for referencing archival materials and mention the Media Archive and the owners of the materials, and also consent to their work being used by organisers to demonstrate the residency’s activities at non-commercial events and projects.

To apply:

  • Fill out the form through this link (the form can be filled out in English, Ukrainian, or Russian);
  • Send a portfolio (if you have past experience of art projects) in the format of a PDF of 10 pages maximum with work from the last three years and/or a link to a personal site;
  • A CV in the format of PDF and/or a link to a personal website;
  • A motivational letter (up to one page).

PLEASE NOTE: the portfolio, CV and motivational letter should be uploaded to a private cloud and access should be provided through a link included in the relevant section of the form.


Applications must be made before 23.59 on June 20, 2021.

30 June: results of the selection procedure will be announced; access will be granted to digitized materials for preliminary preparation and development of project ideas. There will be an opportunity to consult curators, owners of the collections and colleagues at the Media Archive at the Centre for Urban History.


Description of the project and collections:

Industrialisation is one of the key topics of the present day. The industrial experience, as well as its heritage and post-history, has informed Ukraine’s urban space, local lifestyles, and economic relations. Industry generates, however, not only iron, coal, and machinery, but also cultural images of itself through cultural institutions such as Houses of Culture, factory newspapers, museums, clubs, and factory photo studios.

Visual media, like photos and video, produced images of dedicated workers and engineers, industrial successes, and production achievements. However, these same media were also used outside of industrial contexts: cameras and video recorders, which grew in popularity over the twentieth century, were used for recreational purposes, for making art and for sustaining relationships between people – in families, between friends and colleagues, and by amateur photographers in different places.

It is these diverse roles of visual media, as a tool for propaganda and violence, but at the same time an instrument of innovation, social glue, entertainment and cultural production, that we propose to study during our summer school-residency.

Participants will engage with materials collected and digitized during the realisation of the project "Un/archiving post/industry". This collection originates with different institutions and private sources and digitized copies are held by the Media Archive at the Centre of Urban History

The collection comprises, among other objects:

  • Official press photography of Pavlo Kashkel from 1950-1960 in Mariupol (3638 photos): industry; local history; portraits of heroes of industry and much more;
  • Press photos of Mykola Bilokin from 1970-1990s from Pokrovsk, which covers, among other topics, the era of perestroika and the miners strikes;
  • photography from 1970-1990s Pokrovsk: industry and urban landscapes
  • Wall newspapers from the Kostyantynivka bottle factory;
  • Company photographs from 1920-30s from the "Interpipe" company muzeum in Dnipro;
  • Home videos which document family celebrations, everyday life, childhood;
  • Video and photos from school life, detailing ideological forms of childrearing such as “Zarnitsa” paramilitary games;
  • Industry and local landscapes of Soviet Lviv in photos and cine-chronicles (around 7,000 videos);
  • Street life and the work of creative circles in Lviv in photos by Vil Furgalo from 1980 to 1990s;
  • Postcards of nineteenth and twentieth centuries from Mariupol;
  • Collections of family photography from Hughesovka (gifted from the Glamorgan Archives;
  • And other materials, including interviews with owners and creators, archival lists of collections, etc.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to write to us:

Iryna Sklokina, historian, a researcher at the Center for Urban History, e-mail: [email protected]


Cover image: Collection of the Mariupol Local History Museum // Urban Media Archive of the Center for Urban History