Gabrielė Adomaitytė. Drawing cycle „Contact 88“. 2015. Paper, pencil, 29 cm x 21 cm. VAA Prize "For the sensitive relationship with reality"

Call for drawings for the International Drawing Competition “Idea - object 2016”

Hoping to boost students' creativity, develop their drawing skills, expand the variety of drawing techniques and improvisations, strengthen the creative and value-driven orientation of young people, as well as their successful professional progression, all students of higher education schools in the Baltic and neighboring countries are invited to participate in the 5th International Drawing Competition “Idea - object 2016”, organised by the Vilnius Academy of Arts, dedicated to professor Algimantas Švėgžda.

The winners of the competition will be awarded 4 prizes (EUR 1,000, EUR 500, EUR 300 and 10 days’ vacation in Nida Art Colony plus a bounty) and 8 diplomas. The works of all first 12 places will be displayed in the catalogue of the exhibition, while the winners of the first 3 places will be given the opportunity to hold their solo exhibitions in the galleries of the Academy.

Conditions of the competition:

  • All students (of whatever study cycle) of higher education art schools in the Baltic and neighboring countries that are younger than 30 years are eligible to take part in the competition.
  • Individual drawings or their cycles can be submitted.
  • One artist is allowed to submit max. 3 drawings (or a cycle) created between 2014 and 2016. The length of the longest margin – max. 2.5 m.
  • Electronic applications are accepted by 20 May 2016.
  • The selected drawings shall be delivered to the museum of the Vilnius Academy of Arts until 24 June 2016.
  • Drawings have to be signed, sustainable, ready to be displayed, with all dimensions indicated. The digital versions of the drawings have to be enclosed. Drawings that do not meet the requirements above shall not be accepted for the Competition.


Phases of the competition:

  • The jury shall evaluate the drawings and grant the monetary prizes and/or diplomas to the authors
  • Selection of the drawings submitted in electronic versions. The drawings shall be selected by the international drawing competition jury composed of 5 members and approved by the Rector's order.
  • The selected drawings shall be showcased at exhibition halls “Titanic” of the Academy.

Algimantas Švėgžda once wrote to his friend Arvydas Šaltenis that it is really important to give an opportunity for those who draw and are willing to draw from nature, but no one supports them, to encourage young people to seriously look back to, and learn from, the experience of art of thousands of years. <...> No one will change the line that was directly outlived and experienced in situ. It is not just a line. There's the aura, the vibration and the smell of the “scene” captured in it.

Because of high technology and media, contemporary consciousness appears to be coherent with predictable and programmable images leading to the loss of visual acuity. This undermines the ability to see and visualise in a unique way. In turn, this place is getting occupied by information systems and their “products”. The self-awareness, identity and self-esteem of an artist are under a serious threat. The path of “copy-paste” turns the uniqueness of a person into a sort of caricature and leads to the devaluation of expression, education, art, and science. 

While being is a part of plastic art, an element of a composition, a drawing undoubtedly has its own exclusive value. It is a conceptual and emotional message in the eternity of diverse graphical communications. Otherwise, it wouldn't be relevant these days anymore.

A drawing reflects the experience of existence in this world with a potential to connect the reality with our imaginary worlds. We expect to see bold and masterly, experimental and utopian artworks from the young artists.

Assoc. Prof. Česlovas Lukenskas
Vilnius Faculty, Vilnius Academy of Arts

For more information:
Assoc. Prof. Česlovas Lukenskas
Phone no.: +3705 2105 435