The Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation (Poland) in partnership with Artsvit Gallery (Ukraine) and Goethe Institute (Belarus) invites young female* artists to participate in the Open Call for Secondary Archive, an online platform for Central and Eastern Europe women artists. The aim of the project is to promote, discover and rediscover female artists and the most valuable phenomena of contemporary art from the female perspective of the region. The Archive collects the personal statements of female artists of three generations – those who were active before 1991, the generation who started their art practice right after the fall of the Communist regime, and the youngest artists, born after 1991. It serves as an international source of information about Central and Eastern European female art for both art professionals and the wider audience. The project has already gathered the statements of female artists from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary and currently is focused on the enlargement of the archive involving artists from Ukraine and Belarus. 


The open call is organised for young, emerging, and early career female artists with the aim to present their voice and perspective. The selected candidates will be asked to create an artist’s statement for the archive in cooperation with the project curators. The result of this work will be published on the Archive’s website. The jury will also select one artist from each country whose vision and art practice will be encouraged with a cash grant of 300 euros **. 


WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Female visual artists of all media from Ukraine and Belarus who were born in 1991 and after. 


SUBMISSION RULES: artists interested in participating should send both English and their native language versions of the following documents in one PDF file (20 MB max.):

1) CV

2) Portfolio (For video, please add the links and passwords, if needed)

3) A short statement which explains one’s art practice and vision (2000 signs max. per language) for more information check the PDF here.



SUBJECT LINE: Secondary Archive Open Call. Belarus / Ukraine (please indicate your country)    

DEADLINE: 20.06.2021 

Results will be announced till 30.06.2021

We encourage artists to submit portfolios as early as possible, as the jury will start reviewing and studying submissions as soon as they arrive. For questions and additional information please write to


Published on the 20.05.2021

*In relation to the definition of female, we will accept artists of any gender who consider themselves females.

**Even if as a grant the cash award shouldn’t be subject to taxation, this amount must be considered brutto and the final endowment will depend on the laws of each respective country.




Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation

Artsvit Gallery

Goethe Institut Minsk 


“Secondary Archive – Platform for Central and Eastern European Women Artists: Ukraine and Belarus” is supported by the European Union under the House of Europe programme