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Ksenia Afonina

An independent scholar and curator, researching unofficial art of the Second World War and working on cross-cultural exhibitions of art created by active participants and witnesses of wartime and its key historic events, including the Siege of Leningrad ( President of The Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society, an independent community organisation, promoting Russian language and culture in the UK; and fostering better understanding of British and Russian historic, social and cultural interconnections ( Founding member of RuSciTech – Association of Russian-Speaking Science and Technology Professionals (


“I would like to thank The Likhachev Foundation for the invaluable opportunity to participate in the Cultural Fellowship Programme in May 2015. This visit provided direct contact with educational and cultural organisations, who in turn made their recommendations and introductions, which resulted in a whole network of stakeholders, supporters and potential participants in our “Wartime Art” project, dedicated to art conceived during the years of Second World War. This includes veterans, artists, private collectors, public museums, galleries and state archives. 


For the Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society this programme helped to establish contacts with potential partners: both individuals and organisations, to discuss ideas for joint projects and new areas of cultural collaborations with representatives of the Saint-Petersburg artistic communities.


The Likhachev Foundation arranged a wonderful introduction to the city and its art scene. In addition to guided visits to museums, the participants of this Cultural Fellowship Programme were invited to take part in the Open Stage Showcase in Saint-Petersburg. This provided an incredible insight into the current theatrical art life of the city.


I strongly recommend this Programme to all scholars and professionals working with and researching Russian and Saint-Petersburg history, art and culture across the borders. Apart from providing access to required resources it helps to build informal relationships, both with Saint-Petersburg counterparts and other fellows”.