Check out the works of young artists and vote for your favourite!

EKA Jonathan Stavleu installation Museum of 20th Century archeology
VDA. Vilius Juozapas Vingras installation Atomic Banquet
VDA. Adomas Rybakovas painting Bag of Desires
Uniarts. Sergei Pavlov photo Heart Connection II
Uniarts. Heidi Forsman painting Liminal Space
Pallas. Luisa Greta Vilo fotonäitus Haavatavuse fragmedid
Pallas. Andrea Margó Rotenberg photo AI&I
LMA. Julija Lahov Painting CIRCLE OF LIFE
LMA. Ieva Viese-Vigul sculptural objects. Saecola Saeculorum
EKA Marion Saarik painting Yesterday today tomorrow

Altogether, 142 young artists from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland are participating in the 8th edition of the international competition, the Nordic-Baltic Young Artist Award (NOBA Award). Until 26 November, all 256 artworks are contesting for the Public Choice Award – the award is handed out to the author whose work has gathered the most votes from the public on the competition’s website   


The Nordic and Baltic Young Artist Award is a one-of-a-kind international competition that showcases the works of the 2023 graduates of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Pallas University of Applied Sciences, Art Academy of Latvia, Vilnius Academy of Arts and Helsinki Uniarts.


According to Andra Orn, one of the initiators of the competition and founder of the art platform, NOBA Award hosts a record number of participants this year: 21 from Estonia, 38 from Finland, 40 from Latvia and 43 from Lithuania. “The outstanding number of attendees indicates that it is essential for graduates to be part of the regional art community. Also, visibility and accessibility are very relevant, as it is difficult to succeed without them nowadays. Participating in the competition allows art academy graduates to stand out among the public, wider audience, and specialists in the field and find new international opportunities. It also provides an opportunity to compare the creators of neighbouring countries and their artworks,” adds Orn.


Besides the traditional techniques such as painting, drawing, graphics and sculpture, the competition includes video works, installations, and performances. “The art enthusiasts have a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the work of young artists from the Baltic Sea region. In addition to voting for your favourites, some competition works are available on the NOBA platform. Acquiring young artists’ artwork can be an excellent investment in the future,” confirms Orn.


Public voting lasts until 26 November on the art platform, which introduces all the artworks and the young artists participating in the competition. The artist whose work gathers the most votes will receive a Public Choice reward – a monetary prize of 500 euros.


In addition to the Public Choice award, the competition hands out other recognitions. The winner of the Grand Prix of the Nordic and Baltic Young Artist Award competition receives a monetary prize of 2,000 euros, and the winner of the Painting prize is recognised with a monetary prize of 1,000 euros, in addition to several prizes in the form of art residencies and exhibitions.


The winners of those awards are selected by an international jury, which includes Anne Klontz from Konstfack University of Art, Latvian Academy of Art professor Andris Vītoliņš, Vitols Contemporary art collection founder Maris Vitols, EKA gallerist Pire Sova, head of Pallas Art School Pallas painting department Margus Meinart, Vilnius Art Academy rector Ieva Skauronė, Uniarts Helsinki lecturer and artist Harri Monni, professor Per Nilsson of the Umeå Art Academy, Taina Erävaara from the Turku Art Academy, Maarja Loorents, co-founder of Fotografiska Tallinn and head of exhibitions, Marti Manen, curator and director of The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm, and Andra Orn, founder of the art platform.


Find out more about the artworks and vote for your favourite at!



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Posted by Andres Lõo