Contest 2015

Contest 2015

30 Dec - 30 Jun 2015

The Fifth contest of young artists ‘New projects for ANNA NOVA Gallery’

Contemporary art gallery Anna Nova is pleased to announce the launch of the Fifth Contest of Young Artists "New projects for Anna Nova gallery”. This year's theme is designated as "Art and Education".

In 2015, Anna Nova gallery significantly expands the scope of ongoing contest. For the first time, in addition to the jury, the Board of Trustees will be assembled, which includes Anna Barinova (Anna Nova Gallery), Vladimir Smirnov (Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin), Mikhail Ovchinnikov (Faberge Museum), as well as the director, the creator of the theater workshop "ASI" Alexey Jankovski.


Art has always played an educational role. How has it changed today? Firstly, with the growing importance of ‘non-material’ production, ideas and concepts are starting to gain material effect. Therefore the social role of art is becoming more important. The questions artists, critics and curators ask themselves today are about the interaction with today’s economics, politics, sociology, philosophy, the possibility of an artist to make the world a better place. Secondly, art has the ability to express one’s particular views and concepts, as well as create new trends and tendencies. This speculative perspective together with material quality makes artist’s experience unique.

Young artists are offered to choose from following questions: what role does contemporary art play in modern world, what can it teach us? How can artists use information from other fields of knowledge, what can they borrow and what can they give in return?

Olesya Turkina

The contest is open to artists under 35 years old.
Deadline for applications: 4 May 2015

The winner receives a cash prize of 100000 rubles and the money for the realization of the project.
The exhibition opens in “ANNA NOVA Gallery’ in the end of June 2015.

Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin institutes three special prizes for the participants of the Contest:
residence in Moscow and a solo exhibition in the studio of the Foundation,
a cash prize of 100 000 rubles
and participation in the educational program.
An introductory tour of educational institutions-partners of the Foundation (Rodchenko School, Institute "Base" and the Institute of Contemporary Art) will be held for the participant selected by the Foundation. He will have the opportunity to take a course of lectures or workshops (about 10) in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in the second half of 2015.
By decision of the Foundation, all special prizes can be given to one participant of the Contest, or they may be divided between the three different participants.

According to the results of the Contest, The Calvert Journal will prepare a special material about the winner, or one of the members of the short-list selected by the editor.

Olesya Turkina

The Jury:

Kathrin Becker (Germany) is Head of the Video-Forum at the Arts Association Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), the curator of many international art projects and the curator of III Young art biennale in Moscow.
Olesya Turkina is the leading researcher of the Department of Contemporary Art of the State Russian Museum, art critic and curator of many exhibitions in Russia and abroad.
Dmitriy Ozerkov is art critic and curator, Director of the project Hermitage 20/21, Head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum.
Sergey Bratkov is an artist and photographer.
Evgenya Kikodze is an art historian, curator, art critic and the curator of Museum of Moscow.

Partners of the Contest:

Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin
Foundation for the Support of Culture, Arts and Education "Alexander" (Foundation of Alexander Sokurov)
Neymaxx multimedia

Media partners:

Art Tube
Art1 Visual Daily
News Dale
Where St. Petersburg
Iskusstvo TV

And Yarky Hostel & Space.

You can download the application form (to be filled in off-line) and send it to