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Posted: Saturday 17th March 2018


Short interview on the experience of the British Council's SWAP UK/UKRAINE artist residency programme at IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, Ukraine in September-October 2017.


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SWAP UK/UKRAINE video interview

Saturday 17th March, 4pm


Tour of the SWAP UK/UKRAINE exhibition and Q&A session with participating artists Paulina Karpova, Maria Kulikovska, Vova Vorotniov, Kyung Hwa Shon, Stephen Sheehan, Vicki Thornton, Adam J B Walker.


The tour will be led by curators Olena Kasperovych (Yermilov Center), Ilya Zabolotnyi (British Council Ukraine).


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Yermilov Centre, Svobody Square, 4, Kharkov, Ukraine, 61000

SWAP UK/UKRAINE Artist's Tour, Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv

Artist talk

16th March – 15th April 2018


Yemilov Centre opens their exhibition season in 2018 by presenting the work of participants of the British Council SWAP: UK / UKRAINE artist residency programme. Eight artists took part in residences in Ukraine and the United Kingdom in 2017 and will show the results of their visual research at the Yermilov Centre in Kharkiv .


Eight artists from Ukraine and the United Kingdom (Paulina Karpova, Maria Kulikovska, Vova Vorotniov, Anton Lapov, Kyung Hwa Shon, Stephen Sheehan, Vicki Thornton, Adam J B Walker) will present the results of their residencies . The curators of the final exhibition are Olena Kasperovych (Yermilov Center) and Ilya Zabolotnyi (British Council Ukraine).. Curator of the educational program of the exhibition is Anastasia Khlestova (Kharkiv Municipal Gallery).


More about the exhibition and programme participants:


Yermilov Centre, Svobody Square, 4, Kharkov, Ukraine, 61000

SWAP UK/UKRAINE Exhibition, Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv


Crit 4.0, HudpromLoft Kharkiv

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Posted: Saturday 17th March 2018


Exhibition catalogue published to accompany the exhibition SWAP UK/UKRAINE 2017 at Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv (16th March - 15th April 2018). Curated and organised by Ilya Zabolotnyi (British Council) and compiled by Maria Lanko and Lizaveta German. Designed and printed by 3z Studio (UA).

SWAP UK/UKRAINE 2017 exhibition catalogue


Opening Sunday 10th June, 1-6pm


An exhibition of  'works on paper' curated by Christopher P. Green at 41/42 London will open on Sunday 10th June, 1-6pm. Artists include Simon Bayliss, Philip Booth, Ilker Cinarel, Bobby Dowler, Melanie S J Francis, Christopher P. Green, Kate Hiley, Matthew Musgrave, Panos Papadopoulos, Sofia Stevi, Chris Thompson, Vicki Thornton & Michele Tocca.


The show will be open to the public on 16th-17th  and also 13th - 16th June by appointment only.


For more information see:


Unit 2, studio 41/42, Thames-Side Studios, London SE18 5NR

Group Show, 41/42 London

Opening Thursday 27th September, 6-9pm


The relationship between words and actions is encompassed by the term performative. J L Austin coined the concept of the performative in his seminal lectures, How to Do Things with Words (1962), stating that ‘The uttering of the sentence is, or is a part of, the doing of an action…’ The performative utterance is the actualisation of what a sentence states: it’s not the describing of an action, but the performing of an action through saying the words in a sentence.


The five artists exhibited all employ the performative in intriguing and thought-provoking ways within their artistic practice. Linked not only by performative tendencies, Jenny Ekholm Bailes, Kevin Gaffney, Andrew Lacon, Vicki Thornton and Tom Pope studied together at the Royal College of Art (2009-2011).


The show will be open to the public on 28th September – 14th October by appointment only.


For more information see:

How to Do Things with Words, ArtLacuna, London


Thursday 22nd November, 6pm


The humble subtitle translates foreign films and tries to keep pace with TV news, faithfully following the action. Adam J B Walker and Vicki Thornton’s anarchic live performance ‘undertitled’ asks what happens when this normal hierarchy is reversed and subtitle comes before script.


In cinema and television, subtitles function as a marker of foreign language ‘high-brow’ status or site of humorous mistranslation or cultural gaffe. Subtitle and cinema audience alike are intended to receive the film, not participate in it - but here, subtitles and asides from the seats and aisles converse with and affect that which appears on screen. Camera operators are performers and vice versa, as the performance imagines its own future filmic (mis-)translation.  


Selected as part of the Projections open call curated by Adam Pugh.


The performance will take place at Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG.


For more information see:

Undertitled by Vicki Thornton & Adam J B Walker, Tyneside Cinema

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Wednesday 26th February 2019, 8.20pm


The Experimenta Mixtape is a new experiment in artist film programming at the BFI, juxtaposing classic and contemporary artist works while drawing in, say, music videos and examples of early cinema as a way of illustrating the sparks and connections that exist across moving-image history. A key part of this event is that no titles are announced in advance – think of it as a chance encounter with the unknown.


Curated by Will Fowler.


Wednesday 27 February 2019 20:20, NFT3

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XT


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Experimenta Mixtape #2, BFI Southbank