Under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Estonian Government Office and the Estonian Academy of Arts announced the EU 100 competition for digital paintings about the future, and are welcoming submissions from Estonia and across the world until 31 August. The competition has 12 categories and artists are to envision what life could look like in various walks of life in the European Union 100 years after the signing of the Rome Treaty, i.e. in 2057. The categories are based on the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and represent a number of scenarios, from e-health to the future of work and transport.
"Artists have always played an important role in envisioning the future scenarios of societies – in films, animations or on book covers. It is often the artist's vision that proves to be the most memorable and helps us understand the future better. The development of technology is becoming increasingly accelerated and our everyday lives have been transformed over the past 40 years. The ability to visualise what everyday life could look like in 40 years – for instance when the European Union turns 100, requires quite a bit of imagination," said Jorma Sarv, chair of the panel of judges and Head of the International Programme of the Estonian centenary celebrations.
The competition is open to all artists, illustrators and designers who create high-resolution digital paintings. One artist can submit works in several categories, but only one work per category. The submissions will be assessed by a five-member panel that includes representatives of the Estonian Academy of Arts and the EU Secretariat of the Estonian Government Office.
In their assessment, the panel will look at how the works meet the criteria of the category, the technical quality of the work and the accompanying text by the author. The submissions must fall into the indicated categories, and the name of the category will become the title of the work. However, the artists can interpret the categories according to their visions of the future.
The panel expects the sketches by the end of August and only the winning submission of each 12 categories will be asked to be presented as a finished large-format work. If the quality of the finished piece does not meet the category's requirements, the panel has the right to select a new winner. The panel also has the right to not announce a winner in some categories.
The winning submissions will be unveiled at an exhibition in early October. The public can access and use the winning submissions for free, but they cannot be used for commercial purposes. The winner of each category will receive a €500 prize.
The categories, keywords and the specific conditions of the competition are available on the website of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
- the first stage of the competition runs from 9 August to 31 August 2017
- the sketches must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 31 August 2017
- the winners will be selected by 8 September, after which they will be contacted and given an additional week to finish their works
- the works will be unveiled in early October at a designated exhibition space