Published: 26.04.2019

The total prize fund of the contest MUHi 2019 – 70 000 UAH. The winner will receive a cash prize of 40,000 UAH. and the opportunity to implement its project in the gallery space (or under the auspices) of “Shcherbenko Art Centre” in 2020.

Also, the international expert commission will determine two laureates who will receive cash prizes of 15,000 UAH. and institutional support in implementing its own exhibition project.

Ten finalists of the competition will take part in the shortlist exhibition, which will take place in October-November 2019 in the space of the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko.

Applications are accepted until 06/23/2019, 23:59. To participate in the competition it is necessary to submit from three to five exposed and / or not exposed projects of the concept and visual accompaniment (photo, video, visualization).




-Start of the competition, announcement of open call for applications from young Ukrainian artists to participate in the project

June – August

-Processing of applications, selection of 10 finalists by Ukrainian expert committee


-Announcement of 10 finalists of the competition

-Preparation of the final exhibition, coordination of production of finalists’ works

-Preparatory work for the publication of newspaper-guide of the competition

-Preparation of a parallel educational program of the project

October – November

-Exhibition of the nominees at Taras Shevchenko National Museum

-Implementation of the parallel educational program

-Selection of the winner and special awards’ nominees by the international expert committee

-The award ceremony and presentation of two special awards

Winter-Spring 2020

-Working on the personal project of the winner

-Winner’s participation at art residence



Shcherbenko Art Centre presents the MUHi 2019 contest for young Ukrainian artists. Starting this year, the project will focus on some aspects of the Ukrainian art scene development. In 2019, the theme of the contest is “Transgression“.

By analyzing the experience and interim results of the MUHi project, which has been going on for 10 years, Shcherbenko Art Centre team offers a joint reflection on the role, place and conditions of the formation of contemporary Ukrainian artists.

After all, the artist is the one who transgresses the limits of experience, working out more and more forms of his/her expression. Through creativity, appropriation, rethinking of ideas that collectively form our Zeitgeist. That is why s/he is a mediator of urgent social and political processes of nowadays. An artist is a key element of artistic production system (and its continuation in the cultural industries), which is experiencing a crisis or is just at the dawn… Within the conditions of “industrial feudalism”, the Ukrainian artists expect for a new Lorenzo de’ Medici or Pope Sixtus IV. Or maybe they prepare to radical turn of the game.

MUHi project, without a competitive component, always contains a parallel program:

discussion and lecture panel devoted to issues around the topic of the project;

cooperation with Ukrainian and foreign artistic and educational institutions, the purpose of which is to implement interdisciplinary exhibition projects and provide additional opportunities for the most talented and promising MUHi members.



MUHі is a multifunctional project, aimed at systematic work on formation of new brands of young Ukrainian artists.

The name MUHі comes from the abbreviation – Young Ukrainian artists and… The first MUHi exhibition was presented in 2009 at Bottega Gallery. In 2019, the project will be held for the 7th time.

The core of the project is a competition, held according to the following rules:

-Young Ukrainian artists above the age of 21 can participate;

-Only Ukrainian citizens can participate;

-Finalists and winners are choosen by Ukrainian (since 2015 – international) expert committee, consisting of curators, directors of museums, art centers, galleries, art critics and artists, having high reputation in the professional artistic environment;

-The artist can pass the competition and get into the finalists’ shortist of MUHі only once.

Maryna Shcherbenko, curator and gallerist, is the founder of MUHi project.