The Shishim Hill artist-in-residence program was launched in July 2019 by Brusnika, a property development company, in the city of Ekaterinburg. Located in the city's historic area of Uktus, the residential area called Shishim Hill accommodates a broad range of artistic talent. Selected artists-in-residence enjoy a spacious work/live studio on the ground floor of one of the buildings. The project is operated by the Cultural Transit Foundation.


Shishim Hill artists-in-residence are invited by the curator or selected by applications. The objective of the artist-in-residence program is to work with the local context. The residency opportunities are open to national and international artists, researchers and curators. Each resident has access to a living area and a spacious workshop with panoramic windows.
The collaborative environment of the workshop and the communal aspects of the residence help
foster dialogue between artists-in-residence and the local community.
"The core mission of the residence is to facilitate
work with the local context, where each of the participants is free to choose whatever appeals to them – from engaging with neighbours to wind
fluctuations in the surrounding hills."

Zhenya Chaika, curator
All selected artists benefit from:

  • artist's fee for 2–4 weeks in residence
  • free accommodation
  • costs of materials covered
  • translation
  • assistance in obtaining a visa, travel grant and/ or additional financing
Organizational support
We offer:

  • assistance in organizing the project
  • PR support
  • organization of public events and talks
  • curatorial support
  • final exhibition
  • assistance in production
Artists are invited to:

  • hold public events (artist talks, open studio, informal conversations)
  • work in the residence which is open to public by prior arrangement
  • presentation of the results of the residency is welcome, but not a must


Artistic residence is first of all a process, but not each and every artist is ready to share the components of this process. Ilya Grishaev chooses his way to follow the modernist tradition, so, he believes in the ultimate finality of the artwork, in the fact that the moments of making a work compose a personal issue of professional artist. The series and copies allow to adapt to the speeds of the day. This is a kind of partial completeness. Thus, as a method here appear the graphics, which consist of series, or video, which is transformed to the serial. Another way to guarantee the staging is to transform each undirected movement into the path, and to destruct that path to gestures and occasions. This sly mode of being terminal builds up chains and speaks through ornaments - and no element is anymore aware about being the whole or being connected with others, staying self sufficient or becoming multiply repeated.
Artist talk
Ilya Grishaev
The classic artist talk: the artist's monologue followed by questions of listeners. The format of a presentation is homage to the artist Etienne Cliquet. Ilya represents his artistic search as a path, which crosses different folders and files of his computer.

Zoom link
The conceptual walk with an artist around the neighborhood of the Shishim hill
The experimental route, elaborated by Ilya Grishaev in the residence. Subjective disclosures of an artist meet interpretations of the participants of the walk, the rules for the game are changed on the run, the view to the district gets restored.

Gathering at Shishim hill artistic residence
Premiere of the new episode of the Chasclip series
The on-site screening in the residence and simultaneous release on YouTube of the new episode of the video project of Ilya Grishaev, the one thematised through music. Informal discussion afterwards.
Final open studio
The artist will present his graphic and light graphic works, created through direct intervention into the residence space.

Future residents

Andrey Chugunov
25 Gastello street, Ekaterinburg