The United Nations declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, which is why the jubilee 45th edition of the competition has been dedicated to the theme of TRAVEL. It had 25,690 entrants from 83 countries.
With the children and young people familiar with the main theme, the judges together with the artists looked into space, flew, navigated and rode round the world, visited several continents, saw an infinite number of landscapes, got to know many cities, famous monuments and treasures of various cultures. There were travellers, pioneers and explorers there, the young artists presented journeys and journey experiences, means of transport, including cars, trains, ships and submarines, planes, helicopters, balloons, various hovercrafts and even time machines. They did not omit even animals that often have something to do with travelling – horses, donkeys and camels – and luggage and stuff we usually take with us while travelling – suitcases, backpacks, bags and travellers’ accessories, such as binoculars, compasses and maps. There were to be seen also galleries and journeys for art, virtual journeys and introspective journeys.
The entries show not only an interest but also enjoyment the artists experienced in their work. Undoubtedly, the artists of all ages savoured and enjoyed their work properly. Large collections often indicate that whole schools, Czech or foreign ones, prepared for the exhibition and it should be emphasized that the quality of the collections generally improved as compared with previous years. Teachers who thoughtfully assembled the collections deserve thanks and praise for good work. As in previous years, however, there were some entries with unsuitable make-up, exceeding the limits on dimensions, poorly labelled (without not only the date of birth but also the name of the artist) or made by artists older than allowed by the rules. Such entries were disqualified from the competition.
Summary on entries
Out of the total of 25,690 entries from 83 countries 1,289 have been awarded prizes including 248 medals (183 individual medals, 6 medals for children’s team work and 59 medals to schools for their collections) for 76 countries and 434 organizations.
Besides 2D entries that come in great numbers, we expected a strong presence of photography, which is associated with travelling. Sadly, the number of photographs has decreased significantly for the second time in a row and their quality is often mediocre. So, the medal-winning entries, well appraised by both professional photographers among the members of the panel, stand out all the more among the entries. An interesting enrichment of this edition is a larger number of 3D art objects, which show a significant improvement in quality not only with local schools but also with foreign ones; it has been also noted that the quality of prints is improving.
Besides the traditional categories, a new category has been included this year – film and animation, which received 112 films from 22 countries. Such interest in the new medium has been a pleasant surprise for us; we are pleased that many films and animations are of fairly good quality. There are two schools to be commended for their films entries; they rise above the rest of the registered film entries, clearly showing the teacher's guidance. The schools are Sheepdog Animation School in Kitchener, Canada, and Vesnyanka from Dnieper, Ukraine. In the future, this category could give a chance to new schools or such ones that are stronger in this category than in the traditional ones – painting and drawing. (The success of films from Brazil and Mexico proved that to be true this year.) Saving money on postage costs may give another chance to the schools for which it is often postage costs that present a barrier to their participation – the films are sent in through uploads on YouTube.
Summary on foreign entries (without Czechia and Slovakia)
Out of 17 188 foreign entries from 81 countries and 1,316 organizations, 531 won prizes including 94 medals (72 medals to individuals, 1 medal for team works and 21 medals to schools for their collections) for 74 countries and 254 organizations.
This year's edition saw 17,188 entries by children from 81 countries (besides Czechia and Slovakia), which is 6,000 entries and 8 countries more than last year. We are very glad that, after a shorter or longer hiatus, some countries came back (Bahrain, Finland, France, Peru, Seychelles, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates) and some new countries joined us (Ecuador, Palestine, Uruguay). There have been 465 new participants among foreign schools.
The highest number of awards goes to children from Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, India, Iran, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Thailand and Ukraine. Some other countries were scantily represented again this year, often by only one school with several entries, which reduced chances for winning an award for them and made impossible for the panel to assess the artistic level of the country in a complex way (Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Brunei, Cambodia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malta, Pakistan, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zimbabwe).
As to the art techniques used in foreign entries, it could be stated that, as in previous years, the majority of foreign schools have sent in paintings and drawings; works in other media have come in larger numbers only from a few countries. However, painting is often not very well mastered and is characterized by colourfulness for its own sake, on the other hand, there are some very good paintings and above all, prints, the amount and quality of which is growing. It is worth mentioning e.g. the excellent collection of works from the studio Simply Art in Hong Kong, the collection of prints from primary schools in Cankova and Rogasovci (Slovenia), the collection of scratched and painted-over drawings from Krivoy Rog (Ukraine), the collection of paintings from the Princess Sirindhorn Art Center in Wangsaphong (Thailand), the collection of colour drawings from Torun (Poland), the good-quality collections of dry-point prints from schools in Magyarpolány (Hungaria) and Subotica (Serbia), the collection of watercolours from Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and the collection of watercolours from the Moscow school 1955 (Russia).
Summary on Czech and Slovak entries:
Czech children from 386 organizations have sent in 5,932 entries this year and received 620 prizes including 127 medals (91 medals to individuals and 5 for a collective work of children, 31 medals to schools for their collections). Children from 127 organizations have been awarded this year.
Generally, it could be said that in comparison to foreign schools, Czech and Slovak schools usually do not limit themselves to a descriptive representation of the theme, rather, they are inclined to a deeper exploration and seeking connections. At the same, time there is a wide scope of employed art techniques that are not usual in foreign entries.
It is due again this year to commend the work of art schools; many of them have been keeping a high standard of their entries for many years. Very good collections of paintings, drawings and prints came from the art schools Český Krumlov, Háj ve Slezsku, Jeseník, Jilemnice, Kroměříž, Most (Moskevská st.), Nové Město pod Smrkem, Olomouc, Plzeň (Jagelonská and T. Brzkové streets), Prague 9 Prosek, Prostějov, Řevnice, Strakonice and Šternberk, interesting collections of photographs came from the art schools Mladá Boleslav, Plzeň (Jagellonská st.) and Řevnice. This year saw a greater variety and a higher quality in 3D art objects than previous years, with the most beautiful collections coming from the Art School Český Krumlov, Art School Kolín, Art School Most Moskevská, Art School Postoloprty, Art School Prostějov, Art School Mladá Boleslav, Art School Řevnice, Art School Strakonice.
The Czech first-level school are well represented this year by collections of entries from the schools Červené Pečky and Malecí, T.G. Masaryk School Opava and the school Sedmikráska in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. The category of special schools can boast with a highly valued collections from the Nursery School Brno Ibsenova street, the Practical School Brno Vídeňská street, Centrum Arpida České Budějovice and Domov Raspenava, outstanding from among hobby groups and children and youth centres are collections from Výtvarné Dílny Vinohrady Prague 2 and the category of secondary schools is well represented by Gymnasium Krnov.
Having sent in 2,570 entries from 132 organizations this year, Slovak schools have received 138 prizes including 27 medals (20 medals to individuals and 7 medals to schools for their collections). Children from 53 organizations have been awarded this year.
Among the Slovak schools the most interesting are collections from the Private First-level School Galileo in Bratislava Art School Holíč, P. Mudroň Art School Martin, Ladislav Stanček Art School Prievidza, Art School Spišská Belá. The panel of judges was amused by a funny set of small mixed media items by the citizens' association SLNEČNICE from Bratislava.
The Prize of the Panel of Judges for a Czech School for outstanding and systematic work with children goes to the Art School Nové Město pod Smrkem for its rich collection of areal works; every year's success of this school testifies to the fact that not only large schools but also the small ones can put together an amazing collection. The prize of the Panel of Judges for a Foreign School goes to the School 1955 in Moscow, Russia, which send in regularly even and unique collections of areal entries – high quality watercolours.
The 45th edition will culminate with the exhibition of all awarded entries, which will open in the presence of many ambassadors as well as political and cultural figures of the Czech Republic at the Lidice Gallery in Lidice on Thursday 1 June 2017. Invitation to the opening ceremony has been extended to representatives of the schools awarded with the Prize of the Panel of Judges.
The exhibition will take place in Lidice from 1 June till 30 November 2017. After that, Art School Most will follow as a venue as well as other locations in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Our thanks go to all who joined the competition, who drew, painted printed, made a photo of, modelled or filmed their idea regarding the given theme and sent it in. After all, what is a competition without competitors? So, with the assistance of all of you, this year's exhibition will be unique again. Our thanks go also to all teachers, children's guides through the world of art, who, together with their pupils, prepared sensitive and interesting collections of works. We believe that also for them working together with children was a great experience.
Ivona Kasalická – Head of the Lidice Gallery and Curator of ICEFA Lidice
Rules for the 45th International Children´s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2017
Taking into account the Constitution of the International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice of 1 November 2012 in force and its provisions regarding the organization of the exhibition, in order to ensure and achieve the aims contained in the Constitution as the fundamental document on the organization of the relevant project, the Organizer issues the following rules:
- The announcing date of the 45th ICEFA Lidice 2017 is 31. May 2016.
- The closing date for acceptance of entries is 28 February 2017 (date on the postmark). ATTENTION: Entries much be delivered physically to Lidice by 15 March 2017.and participant has to make sure, that postal service is able to deliver the consignment by that date. Delivery in person is possible by Feb 28th, 2017 (please call or send an email first).
- The Organizer is entitled to reimburse the travel expenses related to the ceremonial awards of the 45th ICEFA Lidice 2017 competition at the Lidice Gallery to a foreign award-winning candidate (ICEFA Lidice Panel of Judges Prize 2017 for abroad) and an accompanying adult as follows:
- Reimbursement of travel expenses under 500 km: by train, by bus, by car or by public transport,
- Reimbursement of travel expenses over 500 km: by train, by bus, by car, by public transport or by air from the international airport nearest to the place of residence of the winner to Prague and back.
During their work in the first and the second rounds of the assessment process, the foreign and local members of the ICEFA panel of judges shall be provided with accommodation in the Lidice Gallery at reduced cost price, the foreign members of the panel shall receive meal allowance and all of them shall be treated to a modest cultural programme.
The medallists and their escorts from remote parts of Czechia who are invited to the opening ceremony and the prize awards shall be provided with accommodation in the Lidice Gallery at reduced cost price.
During their stay at Lidice, the selected foreign and Czech winners awarded with the Prize of the Panel of Judges and their escorts shall be provided with free accommodation in the Lidice Gallery, meal allowance and complimentary tickets to cultural monuments.
- The date of the session of the expert panel of judges, 1st round: 23 - 25 March 2017, 2nd round: 30 March - 1 April 2017.
- The date of announcement of the results of the 45th ICEFA 2017 at the ICEFA website of the exhibition www.mdvv-lidice.cz : 10 May 2017 at the latest.
- The date of the ceremonial opening of the exhibition and the competition prize awards to the Czech laureates and the selected foreign participant: 1 June 2017.
- The term of the main exhibition at the Lidice Gallery: 1 June – 30 November 2017.
- The date of the de-installation of 45. ICEFA Lidice 2017: 1-2. December 2017.
These rules come into effect on 2 December 2016.
At Lidice on 2 December 2016
JUDr. Milouš Červencl, Director of the Lidice Memorial