Ukrainian Art: Integrate talents and generate ideas: Art Arsenal must become leader in Ukraine's art field
Opinion12:41 Aug. 5, 2016

Integrate talents and generate ideas: Art Arsenal must become leader in Ukraine's art field

Art Arsenal's new director presents her vision of changes to state-owned cultural platform

Joining UT is Olesya Ostrovska-Lyuta, newly-elected Director General of Mystetskyi Arsenal (Art Arsenal), major state-owned cultural and art center in Ukraine.

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She is ambitious about Mystetskyi Arsenal's future. Her priority is to transform it into a creative cluster, which will integrate all types of art, support talented people and become a leader in a cultural space of Ukraine.

"What Art Arsenal is doing perfectly well is integrating. It's a natural institution-integrator. It integrates different cultural practices, different art practices, different audiences, let's say, IT industry audience, readers and also professional artists. All those audiences can be integrated around Art Arsenal", Olesya Ostrovska-Lyuta said.

The new head sees Mystetskyi Arsenal as comprising different art laboratories in such areas, as literature, theater, music as well as education. All public projects should originate from these laboratories, designed to be strong intellectual centers.

"I would like to structure the team of Art Arsenal around so-called laboratories. These are smaller units working with particular cultural practice, for example, music or contemporary art. In the center of such a laboratory, there would be a curator, who is a natural figure for the art community to refer to, to talk to. It's a key person for art community", she explained.

The general director of Mystetskyi Arsenal thinks the company should be annually audited with a report publicly presented. That will make the institution's operation transparent and give grounds to attract talented people.

"I would like this institution to be really intellectually strong from within and I would like this institution to integrate as many talents, not necessarily as employees of the institution, but as centers for professional discussions", Olesya Ostrovska-Lyuta said.

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