The Young Pushkin Scheme

  • Borimir Totev

I created and launched an offering for young people at Pushkin House. The Young Pushkin Scheme gives those who are aged 26 or under discounted access to selected events at Pushkin House, as well as an exclusive events programme and creative networking opportunities. I worked with young artists and academics to curate a special public programme of events tailored to those 26 and under and lacking representation in the art and culture field. Here is a selection of highlights from the Young Pushkin programming:

Exploring Identity in Student Filmmaking

Young filmmaker, Nimasu Namsaren, kicked off the Young Pushkin exclusive events programme with a screening of her award winning short film ‘Mavzhuda’ - a narrative on her experience with identity thought the lens of student film-making. We explored questions around the concept of modern Russian identity, how it has evolved and manifested in young people.
Artist Led Young Pushkin Exhibition Tours

We were joined by artist Margarita Gluzberg for an exclusive Young Pushkin tour of her ‘In Paradise’ exhibition. We dived into the making of her new series of large-scale drawings, occupying the central space of Pushkin House, which Margarita calls ‘cinema experiments’.
In-Between(ers): Russian, Central and Eastern European Artists at Work in the UK

We were joined by Marta Marsicka, curator at Centrala Space, and Dr. Jakub Ceglarz, artist and researcher at the University of Birmingham, to better understand the level of inclusion and visibility of Russian, Central and Eastern European art and artists in the UK.
I also produced a video series with an aim to inspire new audiences to visit Pushkin House exhibitions by giving young people a platform for interpretation.

What is it like to work with the Pushkin House archive?

Shani Haberman shares her perspective on the ‘May My Voice Now’ exhibition and her experience of working with materials from the archive - including art works that hung in the original Pushkin House, signatures, photographs, posters, programmes and sound recordings, as well as the catalogues and posters from early exhibitions.
Making sense of the forbidden zone that held infinite promise!

Frances Shalom delves into the world of Margarita Gluzberg’s ‘In Paradise’ exhibition and unravels what the artist calls ‘cinema experiments’. Made during the night, these were constructed by projecting Andrei Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’ (1979) directly onto sheets of paper and recording the moving image in real time as pencil marks.