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09 October 2017
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Today, on 9 October 2017, in Uzhhorod, it was started the Open Student Contest in Painting "Silver Easel". The founder and organizer of the event are Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art. From the first day, the contest loudly declared itself in the cultural and social circles, received positive reviews among the famous artists and art critics not only in Ukraine but also abroad. Now the art event has already become a visiting card of the Silver Land and promotes the Transcarpathia as a centre of contemporary art, where outstanding talents and wonderful ideas are born. The contest is held for the third time and will continue until 14 October 2017.

It should be reminded that 332 students from 64 higher educational institutions of Ukraine, as well as Belarus, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Poland submitted their applications for participation in the 3rd contest. Based on the results of the preliminary expert selection, the Organizing Committee announced 50 participants (including three representatives of foreign universities) who arrived in Uzhhorod today.

The conditions of the contest stipulate the implementation of three stages: "Cityscape", "Improvisation" and "Portrait". Based on the results of the performance of the contest’s tasks, the Jury will determine the three best works in each nomination. The prize fund for each best work is 10 000 UAH. In addition to nine prize-winners in mandatory nominations, it will be determined the winners of special prizes and bonuses from the contest official partners (invitation to exhibitions, auctions, master classes, art-residences, etc.).

The highest Prize of the contest is the Grand Prix from the founders of Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art. The winners of the Grand Prix can be from 1 to 3 contestants who will receive grants for travelling to one of the cultural and art centres of Europe (Bilbao, Madrid, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Munich, etc.) and visiting of the world-famous museums and galleries.

The authoritative Jury, consisting of the well-known artists and cultural figures of Ukraine, will evaluate the works. Among them there are People’s artists of Ukraine, academicians Viktor Sydorenko and Volodymyr Mykyta, an art critic, curator of PinchukArtCentre Oleksandr Soloviov, an artist, painter, one of the most famous in the world artist of collage Serhii Sviatchenko, an art historian, art critic Halyna Skliarenko, as well as the eminent Ukrainian artists Anatolii Kryvolap, Oleksandr Babak, Oleh Tistol, Pavlo Kerestei, Andrii Kartashov and Taras Tabaka.

Partners of the Open Student Contest in Painting "Silver Easel" became: Anatolii Kryvolap Foundation, curator of art projects Igor Abramovych, gallery of contemporary art Voloshyn Gallery, Foundation for Cultural Initiatives ArtHuss, design studio Sergey Makhno Architects, Stedley Art Foundation; Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Transcarpathian Academy of Arts; art residency of Tamara and Oleksandr Babak "Velykyi Pereviz", art residences of the Transcarpathian artists Taras Tabaka and Petro Riaska; a manufacturer of paints with a world name Royal Talens, Uzhhorod Art Salon "Creative"; "Ukrainian Transport Insurance Company UTICO", "Kyi Avia". Participants and guests will be hosted at "Ungvarskiy" ethnic and wellness hotel and "V&P" hotel (Khust).

Among the informational partners of the contest, there are such powerful art editions as ArtsLooker Modern Art portal, informational portal of visual culture Chernozem.info, informational and analytical website about contemporary art and lifestyle Cultprostir, art internet platform In Art, glossy online magazine Bestin.ua, as well as a website about the news of contemporary culture and fine arts Ukraine Art News, leading magazine Art Ukraine, "Fine Art" magazine. Media support at the regional level will be provided by two largest Transcarpathian TV companies – NSTU "Transcarpathian Regional Directorate" "Tysa-1" and "M-studio", as well as radio partners "Versiia FM", "Svit FM", "Transcarpathia FM" and "Radio Slatina". The publication "Our Uzhhorod" and the online portal Zakarpatpost.net, Media Centre of Uzhhorod National University will write about the contest events as well.

We inform the mass media representatives about the following events within the framework of the contest:

9 October 2017 – arrival of the participants, visiting of the exhibition of works of "Silver Easel" participants and studio of Andrii and Olesia Voznytski, the official opening of the contest;

10 October 2017 – sightseeing tours in Uzhhorod and Khust, visiting of the studios of Transcarpathian artists, art galleries;

11 October 2017– implementation of the first stage of the contest "Cityscape" (10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.). Locations – Uzhhorod and Khust;

12 October 2017 – implementation of the second stage of the contest "Portrait" (08.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.), location – Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life;

– Presentation of the project of the young artist-participant of "Silver Easel" Maksym Skvortsov under the title "10 meters of your opportunities". Teatralna square,12.00 – 1.30 p.m.;

– a lecture by Serhii Sviatchenko, a Danish artist of Ukrainian origin who works in the genres of painting, collage, video, installations, photographs. Location: conference room of the hotel "Ungvarskyi" (29 Elektrozavodska street). Beginning at 7.00 p.m.;

13 October 2017 – implementation of the third stage of the contest "Improvisation" (08.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.), location – hall atrium of Transcarpathian Regional State Administration (4 Narodna square);

– opening of the exhibition of works performed by the participants of the "Silver Easel" during their stay at the art residency "Velykyi Pereviz". Location – Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life. Beginning at 5.00 p.m.;

– a lecture by the well-known Ukrainian artist, curator Pavlo Kerestei. Location: conference room of the "Ungvarskyi" hotel (29 Elektrozavodska street). Beginning at 7.00 p.m.;

14 October 2017: at 11.00 a.m. – briefing of the organizers and jury members of the Open Student Contest in Painting "Silver Easel", immediately after the briefing – awarding ceremony of the contest winners.

© Art&Culture Foundation Brovdi Art

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