Delfina Foundation

Research grant winners announced

Three grants awarded for research projects on Eastern European artists

What Time Is It? / Ktora godzina? Author: Zbigniew Wojciechowski. Director: Leokadia Serafinowicz. Design: Jan Berdyszak. Location: Puppet and Actor Theatre Marcinek / Teatr Lalki i Aktora Marcinek. Date: 1964. Photo: Grazyna Wyszomirska. Courtesy: The collection of The Animation Theatre in Poznan.

Delfina Foundation is pleased to announce the three successful applicants from our recent call for research proposals in collaboration with European ArtEast Foundation.

The winners are: curator and art historian Dominik Kurylek, who is working on a project on stage designer and director Leokadia Serafinowicz and modern puppetry in Poland; educator Caterina Preda, who is conducting research on socialist realism in 1950s Romania; and curator and cultural studies scholar Ianina Prudenko, who is studying early light installations in Ukraine.

Each of the three winners received a grant ranging between £3,000-£6,000 for research projects they will undertake until end of March 2019.

The call for research proposals ran from April-June 2018, and invited grants proposals for research focused on Eastern European artists working in the region in the 1950s and 1960s. The aim of these European ArtEast Foundation grants is to give art historians and curators the opportunity to carry out ambitious research projects that will make a significant contribution to the field of art history in Eastern Europe.

The recipients were selected by a jury from dozens of applications recieved through an open call earlier in the year. The jury comprised Delfina Foundation director Aaron Cezar; Klara Kemp-Welch, a lecturer on twentieth-century modernism at the Courtauld Institute of Art; collector Nathalie Mamane-Cohen; Kasia Redzisz, a senior curator at Tate Liverpool; and European ArtEast Foundation chair Maria Rus Bojan, together with colleagues from the European ArtEast Foundation team.