For the third year in a row, the Ukrainian Institute together with UN Women Ukraine will award Women in Arts 2021 winners to highlight achievements of female artists and inspire them for further work. The winners of the Women in Arts Award 2021 will be announced on March 12, during the closed award ceremony.
In 2021, some new elements have been added to the Award. Organizers have split the "Theater and Film" category into two separate ones. Consequently, female artists will be awarded in seven categories this year: Women in Visual Arts:
authors working in sculpture, painting, new media, illustration and more; Women in Music:
composers, singers, performers, conductors; Women in Theatre:
directors, actresses, screenwriters, set designers; Women in Film:
directors, actresses, screenwriters, camerawomen; Women in Literature:
writers, poets and translators; Women in Cultural Management:
curators, film producers, organizers of music and film festivals, cultural forums, etc. Women in Cultural Journalism, Criticism and Research:
women researchers, art critics, publicists, literary critics, film and theatre experts, art historians, editors.
Furthermore, a new category has been introduced this year: Special Mention.
It will be awarded to women whose activities cannot be assigned to any of the categories or who do not meet the formal requirements and criteria of the award, but whose contribution to Ukrainian culture is important.
This year's first Women in Arts Special Mention has been awarded to journalist, volunteer and veteran Valeria Burlakova. Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba
, who also heads the Supervisory Board of the Award, greeted the winner: "Awarding journalist and veteran Valeria Burlakova with Women in Arts 2021 Special Mention highlights the strength of a talent which can help comprehend warzone experience and soothe the pain of a loss. In my view, Valeria Burlakova represents the intelligent and conscious Ukraine with its strength, talent and dedication. She proves with her own example that there are no "male" or "female" things to do, whether it's about operating a grenade-launcher or writing a book"
To select award winners, independent experts evaluate projects created by the nominees over the past year, considering their potential and impact on the development of the Ukrainian culture. The Special Mention award winner is determined by a vote of the Supervisory Board outside of the general competition.
Key factors for selecting winners include professional achievements, reputation, innovative artistic methods, as well as national or international recognition. The Expert Council and the Expert Jury include a gender-balanced set of experts in respective fields of art, representing governmental bodies as well as independent institutions. To see members of the Expert Council and the Expert Jury listed by name, please follow the link
Each category's winner is awarded a statuette called "Hands", created specially for the Women in Arts Award by artist Maria Kulikovska. The statuette features intertwined female hands which, according to the artist, symbolize support and protection, as well as cooperation between women which often remains unnoticed.
Documentary film "Women who play games" by film director Nadia Parfan will be premiered during the ceremony. It features seven professional paths and life stories of the Women in Arts 2021 award winners. The film will also be aired on MEGOGO streaming service on March 13th.