Opening of the 16th prestigious annual Painting Competition

The VÚB Foundation continues to recognize talented creators by announcing the 16th annual Painting Competition. This event has become a leading platform to raise the profile of young talents' fine art in Slovakia.

Where young professional painters can get support to start their fledging artistic careers. Interested parties can submit their work via by 15 June 2021. In autumn 2021, the VÚB Foundation will award a total of EUR 20,000 to three deserving winners.

Since the inception of this Painting Competition – VÚB Foundation Award for Young Artists, EUR 300,000 has been shared amongst 39 up-and-coming painters. The competition also aims to showcase the work of emerging young artistic talent. Past winners include Erik Šille, Ján Vasilko, Andrej Dúbravský, Monika Pascoe Mikyšková, and Žofia Dubová.

"The Painting Competition is one of our Foundation's longest-running programmes, and last year we celebrated its jubilee. Since then, artists have had to get used to the new society-wide situation that has arisen. Through our initiative, we wish to offer them some stability during these uncertain times. And that's why we are once again inviting them to join us, and showcase their art to the world. In this way, we will again ensure that leading talents get the recognition they deserve," says Alexander Resch, Chairman of the Board of the VÚB Foundation.

Deliberation and decision-making during the 16th annual competition will be led by an international jury that comprises leading European visual artists, theorists, curators, gallerists, and pedagogues. The jury's composition will be announced during the summer. The evaluation of submitted artworks will have two phases. The expert jury will first shortlist twenty finalists from all the entries, and then select three winners in the second round. The VÚB Foundation will announce the results in September along with winnings of EUR 20,000. The general public will have the opportunity to view all twenty shortlisted artworks. An exhibition is planned from early October at Bratislava's Nedbalka Gallery. Entry will be free.

The Painting Competition is open to entries from active painters up to 35 years old. Applications can be completed at: Condition of entry is sending a sample of the artwork in electronic format with a confirmation of its parameters. Entries must be received by 15 June 2021.

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