DRAWinternational 2022 Residency

Drawing Research Center
Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne, France
Solidarity Ukraine = welcome of the artist Nata Levitasova

Les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse and DRAWinternational, already partners in the realization of exhibitions of works from the collections of Les Abattoirs, are joining forces in 2022 to host an artist in residence, primarily from Ukraine, to affirm their solidarity with the artistic scene in this country.

DRAW - drawing, research, action and works
The center is a place of research, experimentation and production of drawing in all its forms, which is above all a place of development of the various processes of contemporary drawing, of sharing and exchange between the artist and the public. For 15 years, it has welcomed international artists who, for several weeks, take possession of the workshops to reflect, experiment and create works. The accompaniment of DRAW is both practical and theoretical at the heart of contemporary reflections.

Call for applications for residency June 2022
Following the call for residency for an artist from Ukraine or a Russian dissident artist, about forty applications from artists from Ukraine were received. Nata Levitasova was selected by Drawinternational and Les Abattoirs to participate in this artist residency.

Nata Levitasova was born in 1996 in Kiev. She currently lives in a temporary accommodation in a village in the Ukrainian Carpathians, in the southwest of the country. A graduate of the Shevchenko State Art School (2014) and the Ukrainian Academy of Printing (2018), the young artist explores the theme of industrialization, the retreat and disruption of nature by the expansion of cities, the loneliness of man in the modern world. She treats these subjects mainly in painting in a style that is similar to neo-cubism. Since 2014, Nata Levitasova has participated in group exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. Her works are kept in the collection of Khmelnytsky museum of art, Artsvit gallery (Dnipro), Lysenko gallery (London) and in private collections in Ukraine, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Lithuania, Finland and USA.

Studio - Accommodation
The artist has a studio and independent accommodation in a medieval building in the heart of the village of Caylus, which is 1h30 from Toulouse. In the immediate area, there are galleries and contemporary art centers. Additional facilities include a large format space, a technical workshop, an etching press, a top-loading kiln and technical assistance. The center provides an evening meal for all artists once a week. Gallery space for works in progress or completed work is also available when appropriate, and complements regular studio tour events.

Duration of the residency
6 weeks (+ if additional funding)
Arrival September 19 by plane from Warsaw to Toulouse, September 20 in Caylus.
Return on October 30, 2022

Fees and support
Les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie will cover the cost of the 6-week residency (workshop and accommodation), and the travel from Warsaw to Caylus. Meals are not covered.  The artist is supported in her integration within the community, 2 other artists are present at the same time. The center organizes and promotes the Open Studios event. It accompanies the editing and translation of written texts. It offers internet access (wifi) for personal laptops and offers cultural visits