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Young Painter Award: What’s New This Year?

By on November 8, 2022 0

This year, YPP made an exception and extended the invitation to young Ukrainian artists currently residing in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The YPP 2022 main prize winner will be announced on November 18. Anyone wishing to see the exhibition of the finalists is invited to visit the Vilnius Photo Gallery where the works will be exhibited until the end of January 2023.

The YPP project aims to support dynamic new art and showcase the brightest and most promising young painters from the Baltic States. Furthermore, YPP aims to help local and international art professionals – collectors, managers and curators – to discover new talents from the Baltic States and to promote emerging artists, thus supporting their careers and ensuring their exposure to the art market. ‘art.

As is tradition each year, YPP is pleased to offer the competition winner an exclusive “Opportunity Package” which includes: the most extensive public exposure, financial support, art residency placement, solo exhibition and invaluable new contacts. This year, the winner of the YPP will receive a series of prizes: a two-month residency in SiM, Iceland; a cash prize of EUR 3,000; and the opportunity to organize two personal exhibitions: one at the H gallery (Paris) and one at the Pamėnkalnio gallery (Vilnius).

The work of the YPP winner will also be included in the collection of paintings of the National Art Museum of Lithuania and will be kept at the National Art Gallery in Vilnius.
Since 2009, the Young Painter’s Prize has been committed to helping young creatives, and this year we are extremely pleased to offer them such an exclusive prize which has been kindly provided by Luminor Bank. The Special Prize winner’s artwork will be purchased by Luminor Bank and sold at auction. Luminor Bank is offering its special award as part of “The Art of Growing Value” ongoing initiative to support emerging artists. The program aims to fund “Jaunimo linija”, the first Lithuanian psychological helpline for young people run by volunteers online and by phone.

YPP candidates are traditionally evaluated by an international jury of professionals from the art world: established artists, art critics, curators, gallery owners and art collectors. This year’s jury is made up of: Hélianthe Bourdeaux-Maurin (France), art historian and gallery owner, director of the H Paris gallery; Neringa Bumblienė (Lithuania), writer, artistic adviser, curator of the Center for Contemporary Art in Vilnius; Barbara Gaile (Latvia), painter; Arūnas Gelūnas (Lithuania), artist and philosopher, director of the National Art Museum of Lithuania; Thorkild NB Nielsen (Denmark), gallery owner, director of Galleri NB, president of the Danish Gallery Society; Philippe Tavaud (France), contemporary art collector, curator, artistic adviser; and Kristi Kongi (Estonia), painter and installation artist.

This year’s jury chose fifteen artists from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine as YPP finalists: Adomas Rybakovas / LT, Anton Pedos / UA, Brenda Purtsak / EE, Caroliina Luhamets / EE, Edvinas Mikulskis / LT, Eglė Marcinkevičiūtė / LT, Jonas Meškauskas/LT, Laura Slavinskaitė/LT, Linas Kaziulionis/LT, Lisette Lepik/EE, Mantas Valentukonis/LT, Marija Rinkevičiūtė-Špakauskė/LT, Edgars Nikolajevs/LV, Neda Naujokaitė/LT, Andris Kalinins/LV.

All of these artists will now compete for the grand prize. The winner of the 14th Young Painter Award will be announced on November 18, when the jury meets in Vilnius for a live chat. The opening of the exhibition and the award ceremony of the 14th Young Painter Award will take place on November 18, at 7:00 p.m., at the Vilnius Picture Gallery (Didžioji g. 4, LT-01128, Vilnius).

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