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Station Narva 2021 open call for urban art competition

Music and city festival Station Narva festival, scheduled to take place on 5 – 7 August, has launched an open call for an urban art competition in collaboration with the Narva Museum Art Gallery and the Narva Art Residency (NART).

Sculptures, installations, urban furniture, street art, outdoor exhibitions or other objects that enrich the public space and are defined by a specific location in Narva are welcome to enter the competition.

Preference will be given to competition entries that can remain in place also after the event. Submissions are welcome from both professional artists and students of various disciplines.

Conditions for participation in the open call

To participate in the competition, the following must be submitted:

A brief description of the project (up to 3,000 characters with spaces), which includes an overview of the constructive or technological solution of the proposed object, planned materials, and other relevant details, as well as an explanation of how the submitted idea enriches and highlights urban space and the living environment
An illustrative plan or sketch displaying where and how an applied object could potentially be located in an urban space
An artist’s portfolio or a free-form overview of previous works

The required items can be submitted in Estonian or English at info@stationnarva.ee with the subject line “Station Narva 2021 urban art competition: applicant’s name”

The required items and documents can also be added to an e-mail as web links (eg Dropbox, Wetransfer)

The submission deadline is 4 July.

Evaluation and communication of results

The submitted ideas will be evaluated by a jury consisting of Mayor of Narva Katri Raik, Director of the Narva Museum Art Gallery Rael Artel, Head of the Narva Art Residency Ann Mirjam Vaikla, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the Estonian Academy of Arts Anne Pikkov, Narva city artist Deniss Polubojarov, Just Transition coordinator at the Estonian Ministry of Finance and former City Architect of Narva Ivan Sergejev, owner of Temnikova & Kasela Gallery Olga Temnikova, and Head of PR & Communications at of Station Narva Ingrid Kohtla.

The jury will evaluate the clarity of the idea, the originality and innovation of the solution, the visual and cultural suitability of the proposed location, the choice of materials and other maintenance-related considerations, and the possibility of realisation of the project within three weeks

The results of the competition will be announced on 12 July. All applicants will be notified of the immediate results of the competition no later than three days before the results are published.

Awards and presentation of the winning work

The winning entry will be awarded 3000 euros towards the project’s production costs, which includes the artists’ fee as well as the cost of materials. The costs of transport, accommodation and catering for the participants during the project installation period and during the festival will also be covered. The festival will also support the project in acquiring the necessary permits and with marketing. The Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) will also present a special prize to the winner.

The winning project will be launched in Narva during the Station Narva festival on 5 August. The opening of the object will be accompanied by a public debate on the role of art in the urban space and living environment.

Additional information

The main partner of the Station Narva Urban Art Competition is the Narva Museum Art Gallery. The heart of the upcoming event will be the Narva Museum, which also opens its doors to the festival guests for a night-time adventure.

The competition is organised and led by Station Narva. For additional information, please contact info@stationarva.ee