Visual Culture Research Centre is a non-profit visual arts organisation, founded in Kyiv in 2008, with the ambition of making politics with art. Their programme covers grassroots activism, exhibition-making, publishing, conferences, public programmes, and debates. The collective is best known internationally for their work developing the Kyiv Biennial, and they are now collaborating with partners in Warsaw, Prague and Budapest on their respective Biennials to share ideas, strategy and knowledge, and increase international collaboration under the project East Europe Biennial Alliance. Recent exhibitions and discursive events have engaged with issues including hybrid warfare, the interaction of people with the environment and conservation, the rise of the far right and homophobia, and the political and social role of technology.
Awarded an additional emergency grant of £20,000 in April 2022 in response to the crisis in Ukraine. This will be used to support basic needs for artists who are remaining in Ukraine but have lost their incomes, as well as relocation costs for those who wish to leave.