Vote for your favorite art! 79 artists compete in the international NOBA Award competition

The competition collects the best works of BA and MA graduates from five art academies (Estonian Academy of Arts, Pallas University of Applied Sciences, Latvian Academy of Arts, Academy of Arts and Helsinki University of Art) on the online platform, promotes the art academy. graduation shows and brings international attention to graduating students starting their careers.

According to the founder of the competition, Andra Orni from, the competition offers talented people the opportunity to establish themselves among well-known gallerists, curators and the wider public, as well as explore new opportunities on an international level. “In addition to presenting the works of local young artists, the goal of the competition is to involve active curators and art professionals who can offer valuable connections to the international art field. Participating in the NOBA award is an important springboard for emerging artists that leads to exciting collaborative projects. As we know, being visible and ‘out there’ is very important in today’s busy environment.”

The NOBA Award 2022 international jury consists of the dean, art historian and curator of the National Academy of Arts Sarah LookofskyDirector of the Academy of Arts, University of Bergen Frans JacobiAssistant professor at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts Per NilssonRector of the University of the Arts in Friða Ingvarsdóttir, Taina Erävaara and Dr. Vesa Taatila from University of Applied Sciences, Cosmoscow art director Simon Rees, Anne Klontz from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Andris Vitoliņš from the Latvian Academy of Arts, Pire SovaGallerist of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Ieva SkauronėPrincipal of Vilnius Art Academy, lecturer at Uniarts Helsinki Harri MonniHelsinki Art (HAM) and Helsinki Biennale 2020 chief curator Pirkko Siitari and Andra Orn from

The latest trends in art

According to Andra Orn, the works presented in the competition give a good overview of current trends and issues that concern young talents. – For a while there were quite a lot of works dealing with the destruction of nature and the surrounding environment, and in the last two years the works touched on topics related to isolation. This year, the themes reflected in art have faded into broader philosophical topics.

Of the 79 artists of the NOBA award, 26 are from , 15 from , 16 from and 22 from . While Estonian artists have presented more traditional paintings, Lithuanian and Finnish artists are strongly represented with sculptures and installations. In addition, the selection includes drawings, graphics, photographs, video projects and other interesting media.

The Public Choice Award voting takes place until November 20 on the website, where it is possible to get to know all the talents participating in the international competition with their artworks. The artist with the most votes will be awarded the Public Choice Award, which includes a cash prize of 500 euros.

An international jury selects the winners of the Grand Prix Award and the Young Painter Award. The winners will receive €2,000 and €1,000 respectively.

Check out the artworks and vote for your favorite!


Source: NOBA Award

Source: The Nordic Page

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