Works of VAA alumni at the NBYAA

Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award (NBYAA), organised already 5th year in a row, gathers almost 300 artworks by 77 young talents from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland. Until 20 December, all of them compete for the Public Choice Award on the website, where everyone can vote for their favourite.  

Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award is a unique international competition that involves young talents at the beginning of their professional career. Altogether 77 young talents are attending the competition in 2020 – 14 from Estonia, 17 from Finland, 15  from Latvia and 31 from Lithuania. Most artists from Lithuania are students and alumni of Vilnius Academy of Arts.

According to one of the founders of the contest, Andra Orn from, the competition has introduced hundreds of young talents to the wider public over the years.

The competition has turned already into a tradition offering a chance to get to know the young artists in the Baltic and Nordic region and to discover the common traits and the differences in the artworks of neighbouring countries.

Andra Orn

The contest is highly appreciated among the emerging talents themselves, Orn explaines. She says that besides the opportunity to introduce the artworks to a larger audience, there is a considerable opportunity to catch an eye of gallerists and curators working at an international level that could lead to further cooperation.

It is worth a while to take the time and discover what are the questions young artists address in their work, Orn encourages. For several years one of the main topics among the contest works has been the preservation of our nature and environment. Eventhough in 2020 the pandemic that has ruptured our world, it has been touched rather from a poetical point of view. As usual, the most common artworks presented to the contest are paintings - 90 of them, but there are also many interesting installations to check out, Orn added. In addition to paintings, drawings and installations, there are also sculptures, video projects and performances. 

The voting for Public Choice Award is open until 20 December on, where it is possible to check out all the participating young talents and their artworks. The artist whose artworks have gathered the most votes will receive the Public Choice Award - a monetary prize of 500 euros. 

In addition, the international jury of NBYAA will select the winners of the Grand Prix (2000 €) and the Painter’s Prize (1000€) and together with Fotografiska Tallinn, a special Fotografiska Award will be handed out. 

Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award established in 2016, brings the best works from the graduation shows in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania together on a unified platform, making the selected artworks better visible to collectors, curators and art lovers of the Baltic and Nordic region. The aim is to introduce and identify the brightest emerging talents in the Baltic and Nordic region and support the newest generation of artists in their professional endeavours. 

The Award is coordinated by contemporary art platform in cooperation with Art Academy of Latvia, Estonian Academy of Arts, Vilnius Art Academy and University of the Arts in Helsinki. 

Check out the artworks and vote for your favourite at!

Last year Vilnius Academy of Arts students Rasuolė Jautakytė ir Ignas Pavliukevičius won Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award 2019! 

With the support of Fotografiska Tallinn a special award for the best was handed out to Ignas Pavliukevičius for his installation “What the other I want”. 

Public Choice award with more than 2200 votes went to Rasuole Jautakyte for her sculpture “Objects for body. Simulation of mental disorders. Paranoia, 2019”.

VDA students:

Julija Stankevičiūtė
Jovita Misevičiūtė
Lolita Tučinskaitė
Julija Vadeikytė
Gintarė Petkevičiūtė

VDA alumni:

Benas Liandzbergis
Akvilė Malukienė
Kipras Černiauskas
Dominykas Sidorovas
Eglė Tamulytė
Dainora Vingytė
Meda Vitartaitė
Ieva Tulaitė
Donata Repeika
Agnė Masilionytė
Austė Guogaitė
Antanas Lučiūnas
Saulė Šaltytė
Sima Kučinskaitė
Ugnė Burvytė
Dominyka Čiplytė
Ieva Stankutė
Ieva Trinkūnaitė
Gailė Cijunaitytė
Diana Maria Petrošiūtė
Eglė Petronytė
Diana Remeikytė
Elena Motiejūnaitė
Airidas Skublickas
Viktorija Mankevičiūtė