Veronika Skliarova is a cultural manager, theatre producer, and curator from Ukraine. She is the Programme Director of Parade-Fest, was the producer of Сrimea, 5am, an intersectoral performance project, and Ukrainian Odyssey, which involved performances in 5 cities in Ukraine.

Since February 2022, Veronika has created Anthology24, a collection of texts for theatre written following the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. She has also been involved in Art Therapy Force, a large-scale educational project aimed at reorienting the educational programmes of creative universities in Ukraine towards the certification of art therapists and the direct work of artists with Ukrainian children, internally displaced persons, veterans, children in shelters, and cancer hospitals.

Veronika was Coordinator of the Ukrainian pavilion at the Avignon off-theatre festival and of a number of national theatre festivals in Europe, a member of the jury of the Polish drama award Avrora in Bydgoszcz, Coordinator/Producer of the exhibition ‘Kurbas. Maysterni’ (Kurbas. Workshops), an exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the MOB (Mystetske Obiednannia Berezil), and Director and voice actress for the performance With Fire and Rage, on Ukrainian artist resistance and resilience.

This residency is part of Scotland-Ukraine Art Residencies, a new programme for Ukrainian arts professionals delivered in partnership between British Council Scotland, Creative Scotland, and the Ukrainian Institute.

Taking place over seven months, this pilot project will see six leaders and decision makers from the Ukrainian arts sector visit and stay at arts organisations across Scotland. A bespoke programme will be created for each participant, offering them time away from turmoil and a chance to reflect and think to the future for their own artistic practices, their organisations, and the wider art sector in Ukraine.

The residencies will be based in creative organisations across the country, leading in arts, literature, sculpture, and music. In addition to Cove Park, the participating organisations are: Moniack Mhor, Hospitalfield, North Lands Creative, and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

More information on this programme is available here.